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Tells it All - Namibian Sun
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  • 12/01/19--14:00: Impressive CAF victories
  • Impressive CAF victoriesImpressive CAF victoriesEsperance, Mazembe, Sundowns dominate Esperance have battled lately on the international stages, but impressed together with TP Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns. Title holders Esperance started their 2019-20 Total CAF Champions' League Group D campaign with an away victory over Moroccan giants Raja Athletic 2-0 in Casablanca on Saturday evening to go top of the group.

    Esperance, former winners TP Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns flexed their muscles Saturday with convincing match day one victories.

    Anice Badri and Ibrahim Ouattara scored within the first 15 minutes for Esperance of Tunisia away to Raja Casablanca of Morocco, and they then pulled down the shutters for a 2-0 triumph.

    Jackson Muleka punished woeful marking to nod in two goals as Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) overpowered Zamalek of Egypt 3-0 in central Africa.

    Uruguayan Mauricio Affonso took advantage of a rare start for Sundowns by scoring within seven minutes of the kick-off to set up a 3-0 romp over Petro Luanda of Angola in Pretoria.

    The other matches, between USM Alger of Algeria and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in Blida and Primeiro Agosto of Angola and Zesco United of Zambia in Luanda, ended in a 1-1 draws.

    On Friday, there were home wins for Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Al Hilal of Sudan and JS Kabylie of Algeria over Al Ahly of Egypt, Platinum of Zimbabwe and V Club of DR Congo respectively.

    Esperance have battled lately on international stages, struggling to edge Elect-Sport of Chad in a Champions League qualifier and unexpectedly losing an Arab Club Champions Cup tie.

    In contrast, Raja entered match day one buoyant, having wiped out a 4-1 second-half deficit to draw with arch-rivals Wydad and win on away goals over two legs in the same Arab competition.

    But a whirlwind start by Esperance, seeking a record third straight Champions League title, caught Raja cold under coach Jamel Sellimi, who recently succeeded Frenchman Patrice Carteron. Victory took Esperance to first place in Group D considered the strongest of the four on goal difference from Kabylie ahead of a top-of-the-table clash in Tunisia this Friday.

    Mazembe, who won the last of five Champions League titles in 2015, followed up 80th birthday celebrations this week by dominating Zamalek, who have also been champions five times.

    Egyptian defenders are among the best in Africa, so Muleka must have surprised at having so much space to finish crosses, while veteran Tresor Mputu struck with a superbly placed shot. The convincing win shot Mazembe to the top of Group A with three points, while Zesco and Primeiro have one each and Zamalek none. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said in pre-match interviews that he feared the physicality of Petro, who lost a 2001 semi-final between the clubs. But his concerns proved unfounded, as headed goals from gangling Affonso and Motjeka Madisha had the South African side two goals ahead inside 29 minutes. Sphelele Mkhulise completed an easier than expected victory and lifted Sundowns to the Group C summit, two points above two-time champions Wydad and USM.

    Abdelkrim Zouari gave USM a fifth-minute lead they retained until one minute from time when Badie Aouk darted unnoticed into the box and scored a soft equaliser.

    The eight match day two fixtures are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday as the 16 contenders pursue dreams of banking the US$2.5 million first prize.


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    Solid gender equality progressSolid gender equality progressNamibia rates high among African countries At the current pace, Africa would need close to 142 years to achieve gender equality, a report says. Namibia has been identified as one of the leading countries in Africa that have achieved solid progress towards gender equality.

    According to a recent McKinsey report, women account for more than 50% of Africa's combined population, but contributed only 33% of the continent's collective gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018.

    This is due to poor progress on gender equality in the region since 2015, the report said.

    The continent's gender parity score (GPS) has remained stagnant since 2015 at 0.58, indicating high gender disparity between 2015 and 2019.

    The score assigned by McKinsey gender index is based on 15 indicators of progress covering gender equality at work, society, legal protection, political voice, physical security and autonomy.

    At the current pace, the continent would need close to 142 years to achieve gender equality, says the report.

    The continent will add US$316 billion or 10% to its current GDP by 2025 if it plans to continue without improving gender disparity.

    In contrast, if Africa fixes the gap in the labour market, the continent could add US$1 trillion to its collective GDP by 2025, says the report.

    South Africa has the highest GPS in Africa at 0.76, indicating medium gender inequality, followed by Namibia at 0.72.

    Mauritania, Mali, and Niger have the lowest scores at 0.46, 0.46, and 0.45, respectively, which highlight extremely high gender inequality.

    “Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have achieved solid progress towards parity in both work and society with higher a GPS on education, more equal participation in professional and technical jobs, and above-average progress towards parity on most societal indicators,” says the report.

    It further points out that Africa's female labour participation rate of 0.76 (medium gender inequality) is close to the global average of 0.64 (high gender inequality).

    Namibia is, however, identified as the African country that is the most women in the workplace, with a female participation score of 0.69. South Africa follows with a score of 0.63 and Swaziland with 0.62. Algeria, Mali and Burkina Faso are amongst the 14 countries that are most unfair to women at work.

    Low education for women is one of the major reasons for the gender gap, says the report.

    Africa's female-to-male ratio of 0.76 on education is the lowest GPS of any region in the world. Namibia's female-to-male ratio on education stands at one, which together with Botswana and Lesotho is the highest in Africa.

    The report lauds Namibia for trying to improve women's education.

    “Namibia, whose government has been working to improve the status of women for nearly 30 years, has achieved gender parity on education.”

    Gender equality is one of 17 global goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With just 10 years left to achieve gender equality in terms of the United Nation's target of 2030, the report is an urgent call for empowering women through effective policy interventions.


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  • 12/01/19--14:00: Key zones saved from mining
  • Key zones saved from miningKey zones saved from miningMines generate 75% of revenue in protected areas A new policy has effectively banned prospecting and mining in nine key areas in Namibia. With about 75% of mining revenue generated in protected areas, a policy has been developed that identifies nine areas in the country where prospecting and mining will not be allowed.

    These protected areas have specifically been excluded from these activities in the recently launched national policy on prospecting and mining in protected areas.

    The policy was developed jointly by the environment and mines ministries and identifies several other national parks with specific zones that will excluded from prospecting and mining.

    The protected areas include the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, the Daan Viljoen Game Park, the Etosha National Park, Gross Barmen, the Hardap Game Park, the Nkasa Rupara National Park, Popa Falls, the Von Bach Game Park and the Waterberg Plateau Park.

    According to the policy document it has become evident that strong policy frameworks and tools should be developed to improve decision-making and provide protection for biodiversity, ecosystem services and cultural heritage.

    The vision of the policy is to develop integrated and sustainable prospecting and mining practices in Namibia that support economic growth, while maintaining the integrity of ecosystems and natural resources; and avoiding the degradation of areas that are highly sensitive in terms of their ecological, social and/or cultural heritage value.

    Diamonds and Uranium

    The policy says that with the large size of protected areas in Namibia, a major part of the country's mineral endowment occurs in them.

    “By far the two most important commodities in Namibia - diamonds and uranium - come almost exclusively from protected areas, with diamond operations occurring in the Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park and the Namibian Islands Marine Protected Area, and two out of Namibia's three uranium mines in the Namib-Naukluft National Park.”

    While their core business is the extraction of minerals, mining operations also make significant contributions to conservation in Namibia, the policy says.

    The document states more than 70% of tourism activities in Namibia are attributable to protected areas, while tourism is also a highly labour-intensive industry and contributes to the creation of sustainable employment.

    “It is expected that many new tourism concessions will be developed inside protected areas, significantly increasing concession fees paid to the state and rural communities, and creating employment opportunities. This will lead to increased tourism and support regional and national development goals.”

    The policy also recognises that Namibia's mineral endowment, and the resulting exploration and mining, are of high importance to the national economy.

    “Mining has been the mainstay of the Namibian economy for more than 100 years, and is set to retain its importance for the foreseeable future. The contribution to GDP is expected to grow to at least 17%, and mining remains the most important taxpayer, as well as foreign exchange earner.”

    Adverse impacts

    It is also a significant employer and skills developer, and therefore has a significant share in the social and economic development of Namibia, according to the policy.

    Adverse environmental impacts from mining can range from permanent landscape alteration, to soil contamination and erosion, water contamination, the loss of critical habitats for sensitive plant and animal species, and ultimately the loss and extinction of species. The policy provides direction in terms of where mining and exploration impacts are legally prohibited and where biodiversity priority areas may present high risks for mining projects.

    Protected areas or areas within protected areas that have the following characteristics will therefore be excluded from prospecting and mining: Biodiversity priority areas, high-value tourism areas, known breeding areas of certain species (including marine species) and important wetland areas.

    Areas with existing economic activities, which would be compromised by prospecting and/or mining, will also be excluded, as well as areas with the potential to be developed into economically viable tourist or other compatible operations and sites of high and/or unique cultural, historic and/or archaeological value.

    According to the policy a rehabilitation fund will be set up within the Environment Investment Fund (EIF) to mobilise resources for the rehabilitation and restoration of abandoned mines and impacted sites.

    The fund will also require that exploration and mining licence holders fund bonds as security to ensure that they fulfil their environmental obligations.

    This means that if an operator is unable to meet their environmental obligations, the state must not be the one responsible for paying the rehabilitation costs.


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    Shifeta leads delegation to global conferenceShifeta leads delegation to global conference Namibia will participate at this year's United Nations climate-change conference, also known as COP 25, which starts today.

    The 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December.

    Namibia will be represented by several institutions and ministries and the delegation will be led by environment minister Pohamba Shifeta.

    A key question for the thousands of people set to attend the COP25 negotiations is how countries will implement the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement signed in 2016 sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. It also aims to strengthen countries' abilities to deal with the impacts of climate change and support them in their efforts. “In order to transfer and accelerate the actions on implementing the climate-change adaptation and mitigation initiatives, there is a need to ensure that key thematic areas of negotiation that are of important to Namibia including finance, adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer and capacity building are fully represented,” the environment ministry said in a statement. According to the ministry, the Paris Agreement strongly urges developed countries to scale up their levels of financial support with a concrete plan to reach a US$100 billion target a year by 2020, as well as technology transfer and enhance capacities. Therefore Namibia will during negotiations urge the scaling up of the levels of climate finance, by providing concrete pathways and accounting methodologies for the collective goal by developed countries to reach the target of US$100 billion a year by next year. The ministry said this should happen while striking a balance of the allocation between adaptation and mitigation through the significant increase of grant-based support for adaptation, and to provide adequate support for capacity building and technology transfer, as per the Paris Agreement.

    The ministry further pointed out that the Paris Agreement agreed to establish a Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT). The CBIT will aim to strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of developing countries to meet the enhanced transparency requirements in the Paris Agreement, leading up to 2020 and beyond.

    The importance of financial support for capacity building to enable developing countries to meet the enhanced transparency requirements of the agreement in a timely manner is crucial for climate action, said the ministry. “Namibia is therefore, calling for an adequate capitalisation of the CBIT established in Paris by the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21).”

    The ministry said the CBIT will strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of developing countries to meet the enhanced transparency requirements in the Paris Agreement, leading up to 2020 and beyond, as per the Paris Agreement.

    It was also pointed out that industrialised countries are expected to provide financial assistance and technology transfer to help developing countries transition to a low-carbon economy.


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  • 12/01/19--14:00: Leopards down Arrows
  • Leopards down ArrowsLeopards down ArrowsThrilling match ends with come-from-behind win Black Leopards beat Golden Arrows over the weekend. South African outfit Black Leopards came back to defeat Lamontville Golden Arrows 2-1 in a Premiership match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday evening.

    The victory took Lidoda Duvha to ninth place on the league standings, while Abafana Bes'thende remained fourth on the table.

    Abafana Bes'thende saw most of the ball in the opening stages of the game with Lidoda Duvha sitting too deep. However, the hosts' defence was exposed in the 16th minute, but Knox Mutizwa placed his effort wide of the target. Jonas Mendes, the Leopards goalkeeper, was called into action six minutes later and Guinea-Bissau international denied Danny Phiri from a free-kick.

    The visitors continued to push for the opening goal and they were awarded a penalty after Seth Parusnath fouled in the Leopards box.

    Mutizwa then stepped up and beat Mendes from the spot-kick to make it 1-0 to Arrows six minutes before halftime. Lidoda Duvha pressed Abafana Be'thende after the restart, with Mwape Musonda working hard in attack for the home side.

    The reigning Absa Premiership Golden Boot winner was brilliantly denied twice by Arrows keeper Edmore Sibanda in the first 15 minutes of the second-half.

    Leopards' pressure did pay off in the 69th minute when Lesedi Kapinga beat Sibanda with a well-taken shot to make it 1-1 much to the delight of the home crowd.

    Arrows were struggling to contain the hosts, who took the lead for the first time in the 71st minute when Themba Ndlovu scored against the run of play to make it 2-1 to Leopards.

    The visitors then fought for a late equalising goal, but the hosts stood firm at the back and ultimately, Leopards ran out 2-1 winners over Arrows on the night.


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    Hamilton stunned by Ferrari complimentHamilton stunned by Ferrari compliment Lewis Hamilton said on Saturday that Mattia Binotto's glowing comments about him represented the first time in 13 years that anyone from Ferrari had paid him a compliment.

    Asked if he would be interested in Hamilton's availability on the driver market in 2021, the Ferrari team chief had praised him as a driver and said “knowing he's available in 2021 can only make us happy”.

    The six-time world champion, who grabbed his 88th pole position by topping qualifying for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, said: “I think that's the first compliment I've had from Ferrari in these 13 years.

    “I honestly don't remember them ever mentioning me, ever. So, thank you, and I'll take it. It doesn't really mean anything. It's all talk, but it's nice that, finally, it's taken all these years for them to recognise me, but I'm grateful.”

    The 34-year-old Briton has been linked with a possible move to Ferrari when his current deal with Mercedes ends next year.

    He said Ferrari were “a team that I've always appreciated over the years, so to earn respect from someone from there, that's obviously very high up, is not a bad thing”. He dismissed suggestions that he was looking for a move to Maranello whose drivers this season are former world champion Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

    “I think they've got two great drivers as it is. Who knows what the driver market's going to be doing over the next year, but, if I'm really honest, I'm not really focussed on that right this second.”


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    Kings lose to Connacht in Pro14 clashKings lose to Connacht in Pro14 clash John Porch scored two tries as Connacht moved up to second in the Conference B of the Pro14 competition with a hard-fought 24-12 victory against the Southern Kings on Saturday evening in Galway.

    The Aussie speedster crossed once in each half, while further scores from Bundee Aki and Finlay Bealham settled a bonus-point win for the home side. The Kings remain at the foot of the conference with just a single win this season, but they impressed and scored two tries through Erich Cronje and Scott van Breda.

    Connacht, who arrived with four wins from six league games, started impressively, with Ireland international centre Aki powering over in the 12th minute.

    However, the Port Elizabeth side, filled with confidence from securing their first-ever Pro14 away win at Ospreys last time out, hit back as centre Erich Cronje wrestled his way over four minutes later.

    But it was Connacht who showed greater forward power and they moved ahead mid-way through the first half thanks to tries from prop Finlay Bealham and wing Porch. The Kings hit back on the stroke of half-time through fullback Van Breda, who only joined on loan from Worcester Warriors this week. Connacht strengthened their advantage early in the second half, as Conor Fitzgerald and Aki combined to release Porch, who sprinted in for his second try in the corner. With two predatory tries, the wing made the difference as the Irish province once again showed how dangerous they will be this season.

    Scorers: Connacht 24 - Tries: Bundee Aki, Finlay Bealham, John Porch (2); Conversions: Conor Fitzgerald (2).

    Southern Kings 12 - Tries: Erich Cronje, Scott van Breda; Conversion: Van Breda.


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    Boudjellalto to sell control of ToulonBoudjellalto to sell control of Toulon Toulon's outspoken president Mourad Boudjellal is set to sell his controlling share in the French Top 14 club, sports daily L'Equipe reported on Saturday.

    The 80-year-old pharmaceuticals magnate Bernard Lemaitre, who currently holds a 44% stake in Toulon, will become majority shareholder on Monday, the paper suggested.

    Boudjellal, 59, a comic-book publisher with a flair for public relations, is set to remain as club president for the time being, but is thought to be targeting the presidency of the French national league.

    His tenure at the 111-year-old club has brought unprecedented success, with three European Cups and France's Top 14 title in 2014.

    Since taking over sole control in 2007, Boudjellal has bought a series of world-class players such as Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Jonny Wilkinson and Bryan Habana.

    His latest headline capture was South African World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth.

    Contacted by AFP, neither he nor Lemaitre would comment on the news.

    Toulon is currently fifth in the Top 14, 15 points behind leaders Lyon.


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  • 12/01/19--14:00: Messi in tight race
  • Messi in tight raceMessi in tight raceRapinoe expected to grab women's Ballon d'Or The biggest names in world football will descend on Paris today for the 2019 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, with Lionel Messi and Fifa Women's World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe tipped to leave with the top honours. It would be an enormous shock if Megan Rapinoe does not depart the Chatelet Theatre, the biggest prize in women's football, as she returns to France for the 2019 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony.

    She was the driving force on and off the field for the United States, as they retained their Fifa Women's Wold Cup title earlier this year in Paris.

    The suspense surrounds the identity of the men's winner, 12 months after Croatia's Luka Modric claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

    That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d'Or five times each, but the smart money now is on the Barcelona man claiming number six.

    There are 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.

    Among the names is Ronaldo, as well as several of the stars of the Liverpool side who won the Champions League, chief among them Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.

    At one point he looked like the favourite, but Messi already pipped him to Fifa's The Best title in September.

    The 32-year-old top-scored in La Liga last season with 36 goals, as Barcelona won the title. He did not have a great Copa America with Argentina, but his genius is undeniable.

    “If you give the Ballon d'Or to the best player of this generation, then you should give it always to Lionel Messi. That's how it is,” admitted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

    “But if you give it to the best player of last season, then it was Virgil van Dijk. I don't know exactly how it will work, but that is how I see it.”

    The value of individual honours in football is debatable, and the timing unsatisfactory, coming midway through the European club season.

    Yet surely nobody could suggest Rapinoe would not be a deserving winner of just the second women's Ballon d'Or, an award voted for by a panel of 48 journalists.

    Norway's Ada Hegerberg won it in 2018, but will not retain her title after missing the World Cup.

    Among the stars of that tournament to be nominated are England's Lucy Bronze, Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema, Australia's Sam Kerr and the United States trio of Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath.

    However Rapinoe, the 34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot winner for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup.

    Even her supposed rivals seem to be rooting for her. “She does lots of things off the pitch, but I think she is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or, mainly due to her performances during the World Cup,” Bronze told France Football.



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  • 12/01/19--14:00: O'Shea replaces Melville
  • O'Shea replaces MelvilleO'Shea replaces Melville Conor O'Shea, who stepped down as Italy head coach earlier this month, is to become the English Rugby Football Union's director of performance, it was announced on Friday.

    The 49-year-old former Ireland international, who resigned from the Italy post after a three-year spell, but with a year remaining on his contract, will replace Nigel Melville.

    Melville, 58, also announced on Friday he would be leaving to “pursue new opportunities”.

    O'Shea, capped 35 times and who as director of rugby at Harlequins oversaw their 2012 Premiership title win, will take up his new post next year.

    “There is an exciting vision at the RFU. It is not just about winning tomorrow, but also about sustaining success and winning long into the future,” he said.

    “We can really look forward to rejuvenating and re-energising the performance pathway to help, support and push England rugby on.”

    The RFU said O'Shea would “manage the England player, coaching and match officials pathways across men's and women's 15s and Sevens programmes”.

    “He will work closely with England men's head coach Eddie Jones, however, the England team remains the responsibility of Jones who will continue to report directly to chief executive Bill Sweeney,” the RFU said in a statement.

    During Melville's three-year tenure, England reached the World Cup final in Japan, where they were beaten by South Africa.

    The former England scrumhalf also acted as the RFU's interim chief executive in the first half of 2019, ahead of Sweeney's arrival as CEO in May.



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    Swartbooi's land strategy pays dividendsSwartbooi's land strategy pays dividends Political commentators were left impressed with Landless Peoples Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi's strategy to focus on one central issue - ancestral land claims.

    While not a breakaway party from Swapo in the technical sense, the LPM's growth was centred on the former deputy land reform minister, who at the time of its formation was still a Swapo member.

    Political commentators Hoze Riruako and Nico Horn said the LPM, because of its stance on land, had offered voters something else, in stark contrast to other breakaway parties formed out of Swapo, such as the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and the Congress of Democrats (CoD).

    Although Swartbooi could only mustered about 3% of the total presidential votes, Horn and Riruako both felt it was a worthy achievement from the LPM leader. The LPM garnered 5% of the National Assembly vote, giving them four parliamentary, although opposition are still disputing some of the outcomes in the constituencies.

    “Swapo breakaway parties do not have a long life. I think Swartbooi did very well. It is a specific case that he deals with; he was very focused,” Horn said in his analysis. He, however, felt that Swartbooi's votes came from a small constituency. Riruako said Swartbooi had focused on an issue government had failed at.

    “Swartbooi used land as an issue. Government has not made major strides. He took something so important to many people and that made people vote for him,” said Riruako.

    He said Swartbooi's focus on land also gave him an advantage over some of the other candidates running for presidency.

    “The biggest issue for him was to put the basis of his party on land,” said Riruako.

    “People see a person with guts; if you need things, you need a person who has guts. Swartbooi himself is a firebrand, he is vibrant,” Riruako added.

    “The LPM surprised all of us. I thought they were a southern-based political party,” Riruako added.

    Academic Andrew Niikando was also impressed with the LPM's showing at the polls.

    “The LPM did well; they have gained a significant amount of voters,” he said briefly.


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    Mixed feelings over Kavango voteMixed feelings over Kavango vote Political commentators have expressed mixed feelings over how people in Kavango East and Kavango West voted in the 2019 general election, despite being among the poorest regions in the country.

    Swapo received 24 264 votes in Kavango West and 30 107 in Kavango East in the National Assembly poll, while President Geingob received a combined 54 006 votes from the two regions in the presidential poll

    Commentators said some may have voted with the hope that things will get better, while others argued that emotional ties with the ruling party may have held sway over conscience.

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah was one of those who argued that the two Kavango regions voted in an anticipation that things will change for the better.

    Kamwanyah also argued that Geingob and Swapo should reflect on the overall outcomes of the presidential and National Assembly elections and use them as a roadmap when addressing national issues. “We must also know that people vote because of hope, hoping that things will be better. I think that is the message the Kavango people are giving. They are saying: 'Look at us, we are still standing with you and we are hoping that you will look at our situation',” Kamwanyah said. “I think the president should listen carefully, not to only where he was not voted for, but to the people who voted for him and interpret what is that message they are trying to give.” Kamwanyah also dealt with Geingob's claim during a town hall meeting before the elections that Kavangos had voted overwhelmingly for the DTA in the 1989 elections.

    Kamwanyah said even after Geingob made those remarks, which many perceived as an insult, the Kavangos went out in their numbers and voted for the incumbent.

    Political analyst Frederico Links said Swapo has always relied on the Kavango vote.

    “Swapo has always relied on the Kavango regions; that's their bedrock of support. If you look at the previous elections, it has always been a runaway, landslide for Swapo... They can take that for granted, and they do.

    “I don't know what other parties can do or what needs to be done, so that the people in those regions change their mind. There seems to be a disconnect between their lived reality and the national political leadership not providing for them. People don't seem to connect these two things,” Links argued. Professor Nico Horn said there is an emotional relationship between the people of the Kavango regions and Swapo.

    “I think there is an emotional tie between Swapo and the north. They are a strong voting power,” Horn added.

    Kenya Kambowe

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  • 12/01/19--14:00: 'Unite the divided nation'
  • 'Unite the divided nation''Unite the divided nation'Leaders urged to condemn inflammatory utterances Social media platforms have been awash with hate speech, insults and tribal labelling, especially among the youth. Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah says all political parties and presidential candidates who took part in the 2019 general election should come out strongly and condemn the inflammatory behaviour and utterances of their followers, some of whom are threatening the peace and stability of the country following the polls.

    Kamwanyah was asked yesterday what he made of the hate speech, insults and tribal labelling, especially among the youth, who are personally attacking one another - something being observed on various social media platforms.

    Apart from citizens making these wild and threatening statements, some political party leaders have also gone to an extent of saying they will strive to make the country ungovernable during President Hage Geingob's next five-year presidential term. Kamwanyah argued that bold leadership will be required from all stakeholders to unite Namibians and called on party leaders to strongly condemn what is happening on social media.

    “You see, in moments like these leadership matters, and I think the leadership of all the parties involved and all the camps that are involved, they are the ones to set the trend and move the country forward in unity,” Kamwanyah said.

    “When you have a leadership that is not taking a lead, then it creates a vacuum, especially for anybody to say whatever they want. That is what we are seeing on social media, and they are not just Swapo supporters, but supporters of all other parties saying a lot of mean things to each other, but we do not see leadership from the parties to condemn the behaviour and disassociate themselves.”

    Kamwanyah also made reference to the aftermath of the 2017 Swapo congress.

    The two intra-party camps that contested against each other - Team Harambee led by Geingob and Team Swapo led by former youth minister Jerry Ekandjo and former Prime Minister Nahas Angula - remain at loggerheads.

    Kamwanyah pointed out that Geingob failed to unite Swapo members after the congress, which had resulted in swathes of support for independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula.

    “This is another aspect I think the president should also rein in, in terms of uniting people, because the president is for everybody, no matter if he is elected by less individuals,” Kamwanyah said.

    “He should be seen above the water and not siding with any camp. I think that is the main problem why they could not unite Swapo, because the president was seen abiding with one camp, instead of being a leader to the whole party. Leadership matters.”


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  • 12/01/19--14:00: Footballers and education
  • Footballers and educationFootballers and education Limba Mupetami

    For those who enjoy the game, a football match can produce beautiful trickery and shots on goal that many of us compare with pure acts of brilliance.

    However, despite the great moves and split-second decisions that come as the result of quick thinking, many people consider football players to be undereducated, overpaid athletes who don't invest too much in their education.

    As much as this might sound like stereotyping, many local players don't take much time to get behind the books to gain higher education.

    Yes, it's true that football offers lucrative salaries and pretty much a secure future, still it's always a good idea to work on a backup strategy, just in case an injury interrupts your sporting career.

    I know a lot of coaches and clubs don't really care about what a footballer has studied at school or in college, as the only thing that really matters is their consistent use of their talent the fans see on the pitch.

    But you see, education is important, as we saw a few weeks back when Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o decided to go back to school.

    He announced he will be taking on business management studies at Harvard Business School in the United States. This decision, he said, was based on giving back to Africa.

    It's a brilliant step, I think, and I'm sure he has accumulated much wealth throughout his professional football years. And now he wants to make sure he continues to spend that money wisely. Whatever plans he may have, good for him.

    If you are a role model on the field, take it a bit further and motivate those looking up to you that you can be a doctor and still play football. Look at a guy like Ronald 'Stigga' Ketjijere, former captain of the Brave Warriors, who studied law while plying his trade in South Africa.

    Despite the pressure of attending training, and playing matches throughout the season, he found time to study.

    The same goes for Andres Iniesta. The famous Spanish midfielder is the epitome of one of the most intelligent players in Europe. He is also an accomplished scholar. He holds a biology degree, as well as a degree in sports science.

    Another is Juan Mata. The Spanish international holds a degree in journalism, which he obtained in Madrid. He is still pursuing other studies. Then there is Chelsea's former player and current manager Frank Lampard.

    The English national excelled in Latin. All of these guys have and had a lot of pressure, due to club and international commitments, but they gave few or no excuses when it came to getting an education. Be like those guys. Have a plan.


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    Otjinene win All Stars tourneyOtjinene win All Stars tourneyTjikundi’s goal seals triumph Teams from Otjombinde, Ovitoto, Omongua, Otjinene, Okondjatu, Gam, Epukiro and Okotjituuo battled it out in the All Stars Top Eight tourney. NAMPA

    Otjinene won the first edition of the All Stars Top Eight football tournament that ended at the Khomasdal Stadium on Wednesday.

    The competition was held under the auspices of the Namibia Rural Sport Development Federation (NRSDF) and started on 22 November.

    It saw eight football teams from Otjombinde, Ovitoto, Omongua, Otjinene, Okondjatu, Gam, Epukiro and Okotjituuo competing for N$10 000.

    In the first semi-final Otjinene defeated Otjombinde 8-7 on penalties, after a goalless draw, to book their place in the final.

    Okotjituuo locked horns with Epukiro and won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the second semi-final.

    Otjinene then won the tourney after defeating Okotjituuo 1-0 in the final, to walk away with N$5 000, a trophy and 20 gold medals.

    Mbandee Tjikundi scored the winning goal for Otjinene.

    Okotjituuo pocketed N$2 500 and 20 silver medals, while Epukiro and Otjombinde received N$1 250 each as the losing semi-finalists.

    The NRSDF also held a curtain-raiser competition before the final for regional premier league players from Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Khomas and Omaheke, who competed for N$12 000 in prize money.

    Erongo defeated Khomas 1-0 in the first game, while Omaheke overcame Otjozondjupa 4-2 on penalties, after a goalless draw in the second match.

    A solitary goal from Koviao Muundjua for Omaheke was enough to win the curtain-raiser competition against Erongo.

    Omaheke pocketed N$8 400 as the winners, while Erongo took home N$3 600 as runners-up.

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    The real winners of Election 2019The real winners of Election 2019 Election 2019 has come and gone, although there are still ongoing squabbling over the results.

    The polls have been a difficult one for the nation. They came amid a plethora of social and economic challenges. It is therefore unsurprising that the ruling party and its presidential candidate, who also had to overcome a bruising battle with a fellow Swapo member who stood as an independent candidate, were punished significantly by voters. The Landless People's Movement (LPM) impressed in their first election, while smatterings of votes went to smaller opposition parties. However, if truth be told, the biggest winners were undoubtedly the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM). Their presidential candidate, McHenry Venaani, may have failed to impress in what turned out to be a two-horse presidential race, but his party will have 16 MPs in next year's newly constituted National Assembly. This is up from the five they managed to garner following the 2014 general election. When Venaani took over the then DTA in 2013, there was little hope for the ailing party. In the 2009 general election under Katuutire Kaura the party has scraped together two seats after receiving about 3% of the vote. A year after Venaani become party leader, there was a better showing at the polls: 44 271 votes (5%) and five seats. As the results for 2019 filtered in, the PDM had already surpassed this figure with only 30% of the country's 121 constituencies counted. The ECN's election.na website showed by late yesterday that with 94% of the constituencies collated, the PDM stood on 16.55% of the National Assembly vote (126 880 votes). Also, many areas in Khomas, the coast, the south and the north have now been added to the PDM's strongholds. More tellingly, Swapo's two-thirds majority has been resigned to the dustbin. Venaani, himself a youngster by political standards, now has a team at his disposal that can built a solid foundation for future elections. The extra party parliamentary funding will also not hurt.

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    'Fishrot Six' festive season release bid today'Fishrot Six' festive season release bid today The 'Fishrot Six' are set to return to the Windhoek Magistrate's Court today to apply for bail, after a drama-filled appearance Friday in which the South African members of their legal team were arrested and found guilty of entering Namibia without work permits.

    The six suspects are former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau and former justice minister Sacky Shanghala, former Investec Asset Management executives Ricardo Gustavo and James Hatuikulipi, as well as James' cousin and Esau's son-in-law Tamson 'Fitty' Hatuikulipi and Pius Mwatelulo.

    Moments before the court proceedings were set to kick off on Friday, immigration officials arrived at court to arrest prominent South African lawyers Mike Hellens and Dawie Joubert and confiscated their passports.

    Two other lawyers, advocate Tinashe Chibwana and Gilroy Kasper, stepped in after 14:00 to represent the accused.

    Chibwana asked the court to postpone the matter to today, because of the difficulties that occurred earlier. “This morning, the representatives of accused one and two were arrested. We request that the matter be postponed for a bail application hearing on Monday. We did not foresee the events of today and need more time to prepare,” Chibwana said.

    Hellens and Joubert were fined N$10 000 each after pleading guilty to two counts of contravening the Namibia Immigration Control Act in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court. They are both well-known for having represented former South African president Jacob Zuma.

    Begging for mercy

    Advocate Esi Schimming-Chase, who represented the two South African legal eagles, appealed to Magistrate Venasius Alweendo to show them mercy and consider their families.

    Schimming-Chase asked the court to consider that these lawyers had never been convicted before, and have had illustrious careers. They were also very sorry. “We request the court to take into consideration mercy. May this court consider a fine. They admit what they have done.”

    State prosecutor Cliff Lutibezi emphasised that the duo are seasoned lawyers and were disrespecting Namibian laws.

    “A fine would be sufficient, but must have an effect leaving the accused feeling they have been punished. An alternative prison term must be submitted.” Lutibezi said.



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    Hage's headache over who to 'save'Hage's headache over who to 'save' With 13 ministers and deputy ministers falling beyond the 63 seats that Swapo gained for the National Assembly in the just-ended general election, President Hage Geingob faces a stern test of character when deciding who to include on his list of eight presidential nominees to parliament.

    Senior ministers Erkki Nghimtina (labour and social welfare) and Charles Namoloh (safety and security) did not make the cut.

    Also not making the list of those voted into parliament on the Swapo list are deputy ministers Anna Shiweda (agriculture), Maureen Hinda-Mbuende (international relations), Becky Ndjoze-Ojo (higher education), Veikko Nekundi (public enterprises) and Lidwina Shapwa (justice).

    They are joined in the cold by deputy ministers James Sankwasa (works), Piet van der Walt (economic development), Engel Nawatiseb (ICT), Priscilla Beukes (poverty eradication), Chief Ankama (OPM) and Tommy Nambahu (labour). Swapo had an electoral performance to forget, after losing 14 seats in the National Assembly. From the 77 seats attained in 2014, the party could only muster 63 this time.

    Like many of its liberation struggle peers in Southern Africa, the party lost its two-thirds majority in the process, after getting just below 66% of the vote. A two-thirds majority is attained through 66.67% of the overall vote.

    Swapo presidential candidate Hage Geingob lost 30% of the smashing 86.7% he attained in 2014 to get 56.25% this year - the lowest return by a Namibian sitting head of state. It is also the first time the party beat its presidential candidate in a general election in Namibia.

    Swapo was punished at the polls by mostly urban youth, who are battling socio-economic hardships such as record unemployment rates, in which they are the main victims.

    Corruption scandals and the party's perceived lack of political will to deal with such occurrences, exacerbated by the inclusion of criminal convicts on the party list for parliament, also angered the lion's share of the voting public.

    With the economy stuck in recession for years, with no clear plan to pull it out of its doldrums, there was little success the ruling party could boast about to the electorate.

    Internal divisions in the party, fuelled by a perceived lack of leadership to unite rival factions, might have had some members voting for the opposition, which made major inroads into Swapo's support base.

    This was evident in particularly the official opposition PDM increasing its share of the National Assembly seats from five to 16.

    Both Swapo and Geingob have voters in the north and north-eastern regions to thank for their otherwise unimpressive performance.

    As if the performance was not bad enough, President Geingob now has a fresh challenge on his hand when he appoints his nominees to parliament.

    Already, his minister of economic affairs Obeth Kandjoze is not on the parliamentary list. This might mean including him on the list of new parliamentary nominees.

    Swapo chief whip in the National Assembly Eveline Nawases-Taeyele is also outside the threshold of those voted into parliament and may look to Geingob for salvation.

    The non-voting members are appointed for various reasons, such as youth or tribal inclusion, or as was the case for nominating Kandjoze and Dr Bernard Haufiku in 2015, to inject technocrats into a system dominated largely by politicians with no specialised technical skills.


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  • 12/01/19--14:00: Bulldozing days over
  • Bulldozing days overBulldozing days overLoss of two-thirds majority curtails party's powers The ruling party's loss of two-thirds parliamentary majority means it may no longer amend the country's constitution willy-nilly, as has become the norm. Swapo's tight stranglehold on parliament has been broken following the release of the seventh Presidential and National Assembly election results, ending its power to amend and change the country's constitution.

    Swapo lost its two-thirds majority for the first time since 1994 after it got 65% of the vote, translating to 63 seats in the lower house of parliament. The party received 80% in the last election in 2014, winning itself 77 seats out of the total of 96.

    It marks the first time that the party's stronghold on parliament has been removed since 1994, when it gained its first two-thirds majority.

    Without its two-thirds majority, Swapo will not be able to amend the constitution like it did in 1999, when it gave former president Sam Nujoma an additional term in office. It will also not be able to force through constitutional amendments like it did in 2014 that allowed for the creation of the vice-president position.

    Those amendments also increased National Assembly seats from 72 to 96.

    Swapo will also not be able to amend existing legislation without backing from the opposition, as was the case with the Marine Resources Act in 2015.

    Ironically, it was this amendment that allowed former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau to allocate fishing quotas to Icelandic company Samherji, through state-owned enterprise Fishcor, allegedly in return for kickbacks.

    Esau has been arrested in connection with the bribery scandal and is expected in court today for a bail hearing with five other suspects in the matter.

    Mr 56%

    Geingob secured 56% of the votes in 2019, down from the smashing 87% he had gained in 2014 when he was elected as president for the first time.

    It was also the first time in the country's history that a Swapo presidential candidate gained lesser votes than the party.

    The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) made massive inroads, securing 16% of the votes cast, up from the 5% it managed to get in 2014. The official opposition has thus tripled its parliamentary seats from five to 16.

    New kids on the block, the Landless People's Movement (LPM), secured 4% of the votes cast, translating into four seats in the National Assembly.

    Former official opposition Rally for Democracy and Progress' downward spiral continued unabated, with the party securing a single seat for its president Mike Kavekotora.

    The party got eight seats in 2009 when it made its debut in a national election.

    The United Democratic Front (UDF), the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) and the Republican Party (RP) each got two seats. The Christian Democratic Voice (CDV) and Swanu got one seat each, while the Congress of Democrats (CoD), United People's Movement (UPM) and Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) did not make it to parliament.

    Despite the good showing by the opposition, the results in some constituencies are being challenged. Opposition party leaders were also conspicuous in their absence at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) when Geingob was declared the winner, save for Nudo's Esther Muinjangue, on Saturday evening.

    Swapo may eye alliances

    Commenting on the results, constitutional law expert Professor Nico Horn said while Swapo had lost its dominance in parliament, it could still potentially enforce its preferred legal amendments.

    “With the growth of smaller parties; Swapo could get an alliance party. They just need one person to support their any amendments that the part may want to make in the future. It is an emotional thing, in practice, it is not going to change anything,” he said.

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah welcomed the development, saying it would improve accountability.

    “It is about checks and balances. The two-thirds majority meant that they could make unilateral decisions at the legislative and executive branches of government,” said Kamwanyah. According to him, it was now up to the opposition parties to bring their part to the table.

    “We hope the opposition will bring their fight to the party,” he said.

    The loss of support for Geingob and Swapo, Kamwanyah said, also showed that the electorate had lost faith.

    “It is a big message for President Geingob and Swapo. The president and the party have a divided mandate. It is up to them to interpret what it means, the people are not happy with the way things have been done,” he said.

    Wounded tiger?

    Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) director Graham Hopwood said improvements on the ground could see citizens support Geingob again.

    “If people see improvements on the ground they will warm to Swapo again. A more humble and responsive approach to leadership could help him win back support,” said Hopwood.

    He was concerned that Geingob could potentially react negatively to the loss of support.

    “The 30% loss in support for president Geingob is dramatic. It is unclear how he and the government will react to this. They could retreat further into their shells and become more dismissive of criticism. If they do that they could pay a high political cost as I think the constant denial of responsibility and beating down of valid criticism is one factor that has annoyed many voters,” Hopwood said.

    Hopwood also felt that it was time for Geingob to change his tune on corruption and, instead of making excuses such processes, systems and institutions behind which he often hides, take immediate action on things that are within his purview such as removing the corrupt and those charged with corruption from the party list.

    “Instead of always blaming external factors he also needs to accept a measure of responsibility for the state of the economy as well,” he added.


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  • 12/01/19--14:00: City endorses Desert Dash
  • City endorses Desert DashCity endorses Desert Dash The City of Windhoek has officially recognised the Nedbank Desert Dash by handing over a symbolic 'Key to the City' to Nedbank.

    This follows engagements between the city and Nedbank as the sponsor of the race, which sees cyclists racing from Windhoek to Swakopmund through the desert over 24 hours.

    Speaking at the handover ceremony Nedbank managing director Lionel Matthews said the business value of the Desert Dash in the two municipalities is there for everyone to see, and is estimated to be between N$20 million to 25 million.

    “Windhoek is the city that sees the riders off and Swakopmund is the city that receives them, and we have reached out to these two cities.

    “It usually feels like the cyclists are invading these two cities. I almost get a sense that people feel like we are invading their towns, hence we decided to reach out to the leaders,” Matthews said.The two cities come to a standstill when the event takes place and it was thus important to give recognition to both Windhoek and Swakopmund, he said.

    Matthews added that the Nedbank Desert Dash is a landmark event for Namibia that attracts cyclists from all over the world to test their endurance across the Namib Desert, and is the largest single-stage solo mountain bike event in the world.

    Over 1 000 cyclists have registered to partake in the event and 300 of these will come from South Africa, while 100 are from Europe, Australia and America. Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua said the event falls in line with the city's commitment to promoting sports equally.

    “It also speaks volumes to our transformational strategic plan for the city, which we approved for the period of 2017/22, of being a smart city on urban sustainable transportation,” he said.

    The sustainable transportation system, he said, will see more and more people using cycling as a mode of transport in Windhoek.

    The 2019 Nedbank Desert Dash will kick off at 15:00 from the Grove Mall in the capital on 6 December and will end in Swakopmund on 7 December.


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  • 12/01/19--14:00: Desert Storm ready to hit
  • Desert Storm ready to hitDesert Storm ready to hit'Rising of the Stars' to hook boxing fans Unbeaten World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa featherweight champion Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas is ready to take on Malawi's Yamikikani Mkandawire on 6 December. Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas is ready to step into the ring to exchange leather with Malawi's Yamikikani Mkandawire, according to his trainer Immanuel 'Imms' Moses.

    Moses said the boxer wants to win in spectacular fashion on Friday and prove he is the best in the business.

    “We can't overlook this fight. We trained like this fight is a championship fight. Lukas is rated number six by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and number nine by the World Boxing Association (WBA). This is very big for Desert Storm,” emphasised Moses.

    He added they are operating on a tight budget, as they don't have a committed sponsor.

    “I'm doing this through hard work, but I will never forget to thank my people who are always there to assist. These people include John Endjala Investment, Ready Bites Meat Market, Mikel Jes, 3Dimension Printing and Profile Investment.

    “And my international partner Scott Farrell of Global Boxing, Sean Gibson the president of Manny Pacquio Promotions and Room Air for sponsoring us with boxing gloves for our fight,” Moses said.

    He further called corporates to support them by buying tables, as this will cover expenses.

    Lukas said he is ready to take care of his opponent and further urged boxing fans to make their way to the venue to see him in action.

    The showdown, themed 'Rising Stars of Africa', will take place at the Paragon Crescent Suites in Windhoek. The boxing event is promoted by AC Boxing Promotions, in association with Kinda Promotions.

    Lukas boasts a record of 22 fights, all of them wins, whereas his opponent has a record of 15 fights, with seven wins, one draw and seven losses.

    The undercard fights on the night are as follows:

    Flaime Nangolo versus David Johannes, Max Iipinge versus Hedison Nghipondoka, Ebenestus Kaangundue versus Kagiso Bagwasi of Botswana, Steven Bagwasi versus Sheehama Sakaria, Kathano Ogaketse from Botswana versus David Shinua and Matias Hamunyela versus Nghikevali Mathew.

    Tickets for the event are available at AC Boxing Academy and Paragon, and sell for N$200. A table for 10 costs N$10 000.


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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Ni hao PSS!
  • Ni hao PSS!Ni hao PSS!Swakopmund school teaches Chinese Private School Swakopmund embraces cultural diversity Iréne-Mari van der Walt

    Private School Swakopmund (PSS) started hosting the Confucius Institute over the past year.

    The Confucius Institute opened in 2004 and has since aimed to spread the Chinese language and culture throughout the world.

    It operates as a volunteer programme whereby Chinese citizens are trained and sent to Confucius Institute centres worldwide to teach Mandarin Chinese.

    In the Confucius Institute’s learning programme, the Chinese language is taught at six levels, of which PSS currently offers the first.

    Students begin by learning pinyin, the official Romanisation of the language, before learning hànzì (Chinese characters).

    Throughout the past year, PSS students have learned to make Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) and celebrated the Chinese mid-autumn festival with a scavenger hunt.

    The Chinese mid-autumn festival is a harvest festival that is celebrated during the autumn full moon. This tradition dates back to the Shang Dynasty in China.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: NamSTEM is going places
  • NamSTEM is going places NamSTEM is going places Nine learners from Walvis Bay recently attended the South African Youth Engineering and Science Symposium (SAYESS) in Pretoria, South Africa. Leandrea Louw

    The learners are Lauryn Maanda, Reginelda Stefanus, Penny Kashidukila and Naftali Shinyama (from De Duine Secondary School), Josephine Amavila, Jasmine Sitzer, Blommie Awases and Killian Beukes (from Duneside High School), Elizabeth Kashimbode (from Flamingo Secondary School) and Selma Shimi (from !Nara Primary School).

    These learners were chosen after their participation in the second annual Walvis Bay Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair hosted by the Namibia Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Association (NamSTEM).

    The founder of NamStem, Anastacia de Klerk, says these types of competitions are important because they help expose learners to new environments.

    “At the same time it broadens their outlook in life and also awards them with new opportunities.”

    NamSTEM is spearheading numerous youth development projects.

    One of its recent projects was the second annual Diabetes Fundraising Project.

    De Klerk, who was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic in 2016, said she started the initiative to help raise funds for learners who cannot afford medical aid.

    To help with fundraising she sold a gebra (flower), with a keyring and a pamphlet on diabetes for N$50 each.

    “In terms of awareness we did great this year since we managed to distribute more pamphlets. We distributed pamphlets at the various clinics and the state hospital in Walvis Bay.

    “We are in the process of creating awareness posters for the health facilities in Walvis Bay. As for the funding, we didn’t raise as much money as we did previously but every little counts and we remain positive. Next year we will be doing more in terms of fundraising, but we are going to start earlier in the year.”

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: NFA development crisis
  • NFA development crisisNFA development crisisNo team for Cosafa u-20 championship Namibia will not be competing at the Cosafa under-20 championship for the fourth time in a row. Namibia will miss out on this year's Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) under-20 championship because the country does not have a team to compete at the tournament.

    The championship is taking place in Zambia from 4 to 14 December, with 12 Southern African teams competing for top honours.

    Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo confirmed yesterday there is no national u-20 team in place at the moment.

    “I believe the biggest issue here is that we do not have development structures in place and we therefore can't have an under-20 team.

    “The talent is there, but we need development structures first before we can assemble a team.

    “As we speak, there is no development officer and that is why there is no team,” Basson-Namundjebo said.

    Last year, Namibia failed to participate in the tournament after the football association struggled to get money for the competition.

    The under-20 team needed around N$1.2 million to travel to different countries, which they failed to raise.

    It is, however, a different scenario this time around, given that the association does not have a team to send to Zambia.

    “Jakes Amaning was the association's development officer and we all know that he is no longer there.

    “It will be the job of the incoming administration and the technical director to make sure that a development officer is appointed and that youth structures are in place.

    “The important thing that we want here is the scouting of young players from all regions across the country,” Basson-Namundjebo said.

    The Cosafa u-20 championship is a development tournament that over the years has produced top-quality players, who have gone on to forge successful careers as professional footballers and in their respective national teams.

    Zambia are the most successful nation in the Cosafa under-20 championship, with 11 victories in all. Their last win was in 2016.

    South Africa have traditionally been one of the powerhouses in the region in under-20 football and will be looking to defend the crown they won in Kitwe. They have won the competition eight times in all, with their first title coming in 2000.

    They also hosted the tournament for 11 consecutive years between 1999 and 2009. This year's participants are Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Comoros Islands, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles and Zambia.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Strawberry Fields Forever!
  • Strawberry Fields Forever!Strawberry Fields Forever!Local vocal training academy concludes the year Eighteen students and a vocal coach host an evening of music Tina Fraser; Strawberry Fields owner and founder: “Given the demand, we now know that we can open these events to the public.” Swakopmund • irene-mari@erongo.com.na

    Strawberry Fields Vocal Training Academy hosted a show on Saturday evening to celebrate the past year.

    “This evening was just for the Strawberry Fields family, but given the demand from outside we now know that we can host these kinds of events for the public,” said Tina Fraser, the owner and founder of Strawberry Fields, in her welcoming remarks.

    Recently, four Strawberry Fields students found themselves on their way to glory.

    Jillian Gong won second place in Voice of Namibia Kidz, with Annika Henckert in third place.

    Gong sang her rendition of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ at the Voice of Namibia Kidz and decided to perform the same song on Saturday evening. She also took to the stage with her sister, Lillian Gong, to perform a cover of Bruno Mars’s ‘Grenade’. Jillian also shared the spotlight with Paulina Indombo to perform ‘I’m Still Standing’ by Elton John.

    Lin-Mari Coetzee and Jessica Strydom shared the stage for Billie Eilish’s ‘Lovely’ featuring Khalid. Both passed their auditions for Voice of Namibia earlier this year. Staging will begin in February next year, according to Tina Fraser.

    The programme concluded with an emotional performance of ‘Last Christmas’, the classic 1984 Christmas hit by Wham!

    Fraser says the name of the Strawberry Fields Vocal Training Academy comes from the famous Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

    “It may sound quite random, but it’s not. It was actually inspired by the Beatles,” she explains.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Fast times at FNB Sandman
  • Fast times at FNB SandmanFast times at FNB Sandman Over 330 participants took part in the 2019 FNB Sandman triathlon on Sunday in Swakopmund.

    This was a significant improvement in turnout compared to last year, when around 270 athletes participated.

    The athletes took part in various categories, which included the ultra, standard, sprint and mini.

    “The bulk of the people that took part this year just came to have a good day. They did it for fun. I think the competition was more on the social side. The majority of the people were social and just enjoyed doing it,” said event organiser Mark Brinkman.

    The best swim time over a distance of 1.9km was recorded by Phillip Seidler (21:23). Conrad Marais had the fastest bike time over 90km (2:32:20), while Erich Goeieman ran a time of 1:16:11 over a distance of 21km.

    In the ultra-category the results were as follows:

    Male elite

    1. Conrad Marias - 4:53:51 (first overall, male)

    2. Petrus Laubsher - 5:22:41 (third overall, male)

    3. Hennie Fourie - 5:23:25

    Female elite

    1. Melissa Hinz - 5:18:42 (First overall, female)

    2. Berta Theron - 5:37:49 (Second overall, female)

    3. Elzane van der Linde - 6:04:15 (Third overall, female)

    Male veteran

    1. David Gardner - 4:53:51 (second overall, male)

    2. Michael Greef - 5:29:44

    3. Carol Fourie - 5:43:52

    Female master

    1. Adri van der Merwe - 6:31:39

    2. Marion Hemmel - 7:01:56

    Mixed female team

    1. The Warriors - 4:51:41

    2. The Lockness Monster - 5:18:20

    3. Tri Chicks - 5:27:30

    Mixed male team

    1. Simply Unfit - 4:33:46

    2. Etango - 5:11:56

    3. 2+1 - 5:22:16

    Adolf Kaure

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Waar vriende familie word
  • Waar vriende familie wordWaar vriende familie wordNóg ’n suksesvolle jaar vir Berg-Op Akademie ’n Privaatskool op Okahandja is trots op sy Christelike waardes waarmee onder meer sterk vriendskapsbande gesmee word. Mariselle Stofberg

    Berg-Op Akademie is meer as net ‘n skool. Dit bied ’n veilige hawe waar leerlinge gehalte-onderrig ontvang en die geleentheid kry om hulself te vind.

    Die skool het sy deure op 16 Januarie 2008 geopen. Dit het sy ontstaan te danke aan die stigters, mnre. Andre Berg en Willem Opperman, wat die behoefte opgemerk het vir ’n privaatskool op Okahandja waar kinders individuele aandag kan kry.

    Die skool se naam is ’n kombinasie van die stigters se vanne.

    Berg-Op Akademie beskou hulself as ’n familie wat saambou aan die toekoms van kinders, met die Bybel as die grondslag waarop die skool gevestig is.

    Mnr. Piet Greeff is sedert die skool se ontstaan die skoolhoof. “Van dag een af was Berg-Op na aan my hart, want dit waarin ons glo, word in die skool toegepas. Die onderwysers en leerlinge het dit van die begin af so maklik gemaak om lief te wees vir die skool, want liefde straal uit hulle uit.”

    Volgens mnr. Barend Koch, die voorsitter van die skool se beheerraad, streef Berg-Op na net die beste onderrig vir hul leerlinge.

    “Om gehalte-onderrig te kan gee, is individuele aandag en tyd vir kinders noodsaaklik. Daarom is ons klasse kleiner. Ons bied ook ’n program buite normale skoolure aan vir kinders om selfs verdere individuele aandag te kan kry,” het hy gesê.

    Berg-Op het tans ongeveer 200 leerlinge en 23 onderwysers in die laer- en hoërskool. Dit bring die skool se gemiddeld op ongeveer nege kinders per onderwyser wat verseker leerlinge ontvang die beste onderrig en individuele aandag.

    “Ons onderwysers is nou betrokke by ons kinders en kan ook enige probleme vinnig opmerk. By Berg-Op kan ‘n kind nie maklik in die massas verdwyn nie, want hier is ons baie meer persoonlik betrokke by mekaar. Moderne en innoverende onderrigmetodes en die ideale leeromgewing is ook baie belangrik. Ons is ook in samewerking met ons vennote uit Finland om hierdie aspekte op die Namibiese kurrikulum toe te pas en sodoende ’n nuwe standaard vir onderrig in Namibië te help bou,” het Koch gesê.

    Die Finse onderrigmetodes fokus daarop om kinders meer kreatief te laat leer en buite die boks te kan dink om probleme te kan oplos. “In die moderne toekoms waarvoor ons ons kinders opvoed, gaan dit ’n belangrike rol speel in hulle sukses. Daar word ook sterk klem op groepswerk as deel van die onderrigproses en selfstandigheid geplaas,” het Koch gesê.

    Die skool se e-leerprogram en die beplande robotika-kurrikulum vorm ook deel van hierdie proses. “Ons berei ons leerlinge nie net akademies voor nie, maar ook vir die lewe ná graad 12 en hoe hulle probleme moet hanteer in ’n moderne wêreld.”

    Koch het ook bevestig die skool is tans besig om moderne e-leerstelsels te toets wat onder meer aanlyn huiswerk, take en evaluering insluit. “Ons het die vak ‘Design and Technology’ geïdentifiseer wat baie toekomsgerig is. Ons beoog om addisionele periodes hieraan toe te ken waarin kinders ekstra en relevante praktiese opleiding gaan kry.”

    Verskeie veranderinge en herstelwerk is ook onlangs aan die skool gedoen.

    “Ons het met die hulp van kinders, ouers, onderwysers en ander vrywilligers die skool in twee dae heeltemal verander. Ons het odner meer binne en buite geverf. Spesifieke aandag is gegee aan die gebruik van kleure in klaskamers wat help om die regte area van die brein te stimuleer na gelang van die vak wat in die klaskamer aangebied word,” het Koch gesê.

    Die beligting binne die klaskamers is ook verander na ligte met ’n ligfrekwensiespektrum wat daglig simuleer, met navorsing wat bewys dat dié die beste resultate in ’n leeromgewing lewer.

    “In samewerking met ons sport- en kultuurvennote op die dorp bied Berg-Op ’n hele aantal sport- en kultuuraktiwiteite vir ons leerlinge aan. Dit behels onder meer atletiek, rugby, netbal, krieket, tennis, stoei, boogskiet, dans, vlugbal, skaak, drama en koor,” het Koch gesê.

    Van die skool se prestasies sluit in die o.13-rugbyspan wat die nasionale ligawenners is, die o.13- en o.14-seunstennisspanne wat nasionale kampioene is, asook ’n derde plek vir hul o.14-meisiespanne wat aan die FNB-skoleliga deelgeneem het

    Verder spog die skool ook met uitstekende prestasies in stoei tydens die Nasionale Namibiese Stoeikampioenskappe. Hier behaal die skool se leerlinge tweede plekke in die afdelings 24 kg, 27 kg, 34 kg en 43 kg. Leerlinge behaal ook eerste plekke in die afdelings 20 kg, 38 kg en 67 kg..

    Ná die Napso Kultuurfees spog die skool ook twee goue medaljes vir dans, met van die hoogste punte van die fees. By die Nasionale Namibiese Boogskietkampioenskappe het die junior span van Berg-Op Akademie brons ontvang, asook silwer in die algehele junior kampioen-afdeling.

    “Ons gaan voort om met goed gekwalifiseerde onderwysers ons leerlinge akademies goed toe te rus, maar ook om ons leerlinge deur ons Christelike beginsels voor te berei om goeie en volwaardige landsburgers te wees,” het Greeff gesê.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Hansen confirms Japan move
  • Hansen confirms Japan moveHansen confirms Japan moveToyota Verblitz to benefit from coaching guru's off-field mentorship Steve Hansen has confirmed he has taken up a consultant post at Toyota Verblitz. Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on Monday confirmed his long-expected move to Japan, where he will take up a role as a coaching consultant with top league side Toyota Verblitz.

    The 60-year-old stepped down from his All Blacks role following their third-place finish at the Japan Rugby World Cup.

    He spent 16 years with the team, the last eight as head coach, and was a part of two successful World Cup campaigns.

    “I've got a new job which involves me mentoring, consulting and advising at Toyota Verblitz,” he said in a video on the All Blacks website.

    “It's not as a head coach, it's more as an advisor, a mentor, and it requires me to be up there for five to 17 weeks a year.”

    Toyota Verblitz is coached by fellow New Zealander Simon Cron, who was an assistant at the New South Wales Waratahs for two years, until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

    “The key thing is to go in and work with the people in the environment,” Hansen added.

    “The opportunity to help him (Cron) grow is something that really excites me.

    “While it's not a full-time coaching role, it's a role that still allows me to stay in the game.

    It's also a role that will allow me to have the family time that I want to have and I'm really looking forward to it,” Hansen added.

    New Zealand media had reported earlier this year that Hansen was headed to Japan after the World Cup, but he said on Monday he had not signed anything until after the tournament had ended.

    He will link up with former All Blacks captain Kieran Read, who signed a one-year contract with Toyota Verblitz earlier this year.

    New Zealand Rugby are in the process of appointing Hansen's successor, with his former assistant Ian Foster and Canterbury Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson the leading candidates.


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    Verwerf kwalifikasies in AfrikaansVerwerf kwalifikasies in AfrikaansNamibiërs kan op eie bodem studeer Akademia beoog om 'n leiding­gewende ­verskaffer van hoëronderwys­kwalifikasies te wees. Mariselle Stofberg

    Akademia is 'n privaat hoër­onderwysinstelling en bied aan individue die geleentheid om 'n kwalifikasie te verwerf met behulp van interaktiewe nauurse klasse in Afrikaans by studie­sentrums oraloor Suid-Afrika en selfs nou ook in Namibië.

    Een van die instelling se studentesentrums is in Windhoek, wat aan Namibiërs die geleentheid bied om 'n diploma, sertifikaat of graad te verwerf.

    Mnr. Paul Vogel, ­bedryfsbestuurder van Akademia, sê die uitbreiding na Namibië is 'n groot mylpaal vir dié instelling. “Nou kan ons vir nóg meer studente 'n beter toekoms skep deur nie net hoëgehalte-onderrig te bied nie, maar ook by te dra tot hul vorming as mens en hul betrokkenheid in hul gemeenskap.”

    Die Namibiese sentrum het op 10 Februarie 2018 amptelik sy deure in Windhoek oopgemaak.

    Tydens die inligtingsessie wat Akademia aan voornemende Namibiese studente op 23 November vanjaar gebied het, het die instansie reeds groot groei ervaar met die hoeveelheid individue wat die geleentheid bygewoon het. “Ons is baie opgewonde, want ek dink Namibië raak nou meer bewus van ons en besef wat ons vir hul kan bied. Ek is opgewonde vir wat voorlê vir ons,” sê me. Chrisna O'Kennedy van Akademia. Sy is die studenteraadgewer by die studiesentrum in Windhoek.

    Akademia beoog om 'n leiding­gewende verskaffer van hoëronderwyskwalifikasies te wees.

    Wat Akademia van ander instansies onderskei, is die gebruik van moderne tegnologiese stelsels vir leergeleenthede en ondersteuning aan studente.

    “Ons model is van so aard dat dit gerieflik is vir werkende mense wat nauurs wil studeer. Ons onderrigmodel kombineer afstandsleer met 'n klaservaring. Akademia maak gebruik van gevorderde ­tegnologie om klasse vanuit die ateljee in ­Centurion in Suid-Afrika regstreeks uit te saai na 13 studiesentrums. Die model is ten volle interaktief en studente kan aan medestudente in ander sentrums vrae vra of deelneem aan 'n gesprek,” sê O'Kennedy.

    Elke studiesentrum is met moderne videokonferensie-tegnologie en gratis internettoegang toegerus waarmee studente toegang tot Akademia se digitale leerruimte, die Spens, kan verkry. Die interaktiewe aard van die kontaksessies bied aan studente 'n uitstekende afstandsleerervaring, aangesien dit voel asof jy werklik deel van die sessie en nie net 'n toeskouer is nie.

    Tydens kontaksessies kan studente die dosent se klasnotas of berekeninge op 'n groot skerm sien en op 'n tweede skerm word die dosent lewensgroot vertoon. Studente kan aan die klasgesprek deelneem deur eenvoudig 'n hand op te steek en 'n vraag te vra. Sagteware bring outomaties so 'n student na die voorgrond van die ­videovoer in ander sessies. Op 'n soortgelyke wyse kan die dosent vrae aan enige student in enige van die studiesentrums rig en word die ­bespreking regstreeks oor studiesentrums heen gedeel en ervaar. Na afloop van klaskontaksessies word die opnames geredigeer en binne enkele dae op Akademia se digitale leerruimte vir ­studente be­skikbaar gemaak. Hier kan studente video-opnames van die kontak­sessie aflaai, argiefmateriaal ­bestudeer, of selfs net die klankbaan op hul selfone laai om later weer as 'n klank­uitsending te luister.

    Akademia bied 'n nauurse rooster en 'n blokrooster. Nuwe studente by Akademia word outomaties op die nauurse rooster geplaas. Deur 'n maklike aansoekproses te voltooi, kan studente vir die blokrooster oorweeg word, mits hulle aan die bepalings en voorwaardes vir die blokrooster voldoen.


    Die instelling het onlangs die blokstelsel bekend gestel. Dit maak dit moontlik vir studente wat meer as 100 km van die naaste studente­sentrum geleë is, om aansoek te doen om te kwalifiseer vir die ­blokroosters. Hierdie studente kan gevolglik vier kontaksessies kies wat hulle dan kan bywoon.


    Solidariteit se Helpende Hand ­Studiefondssentrum bied ook aan individue die kans om aansoek te doen om rentevrye studielenings wat eers betaalbaar is wanneer die studente afstudeer het.

    Akademia se aansoeke vind eksklusief aanlyn plaas, en kan op die instansie se webblad gevind word. Aansoeke kan binne 20 minute voltooi word. Vir jou aansoek benodig jy 'n gesertifiseerde matrieksertifikaat of jou mees onlangse ­matriekpunte, 'n gesertifiseerde identiteitsdokument, jou curriculum vitae en enige vorige naskoolse kwalifikasie (in die geval van mense ouer as 19).

    Vir meer inligting besoek www.akademia.ac.za of kontak O'Kennedy by 081 625 0167.

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    Oonkondo dhaSwapo moPaliamende dha kuthwa poOonkondo dhaSwapo moPaliamende dha kuthwa poGeingob naSwapo ya shuna pevi momahogololo ngaka Ongundu tayi pangele ya ndopa okumona omawi ogendji mOmutumba gwoPaliamende ngoka taga gandja oonkondo kongundu, okuninga omatokolo nokulundulula ekotampango ngaashi sha kala nale. Shika oshikando shotango mondjokonona yongundu, okuza momvula yo 1994 konima sho ongundu yoSwapo ya mono oopresenda 65 ndhoka tadhi kalelepo iipundi 63 momutumba gwoPaliamende.

    Ongundu oya li ya mono oopresenda 80 momahogololo ga ningwa momvula yo 2014 nokumona iipundi 77 yomiipundi 96 mOmutumba gwoPaliamende.

    Pwaahena oonkondo dhoka, Swapo itaka vula we okuninga omalundululo mEkotampango ngaashi a ningi momvula yo 1999 sho a gandja oshikako shuuleli oshitiyali kOmupresidende Sam Nujoma oshowo momvula yo 2014, sho ya tokola okutotapo ompito yomupeha presidende.

    Gamwe gomomalundululo okugwedhala omwaalu gwiipundi moPaliamende okuza piipundi o 77 okuya piipundi 96.

    Swapo natango itaka vula okundulula oompango pwaahena ezimino okuza koongundu dhompilameno ngaashi ompango yoMarine Resources yomomvula yo 2015.

    Elundululo ndyoka olyo lya gandja oonkondo kuminista nale, Bernhardt Esau, a gandje ookota dhokukwata oohi kehangano lyaIceland lyedhina Samherji, okupitila mehangano lya yama kepangelo lyoFishcor, mepingakanitho lyoombumbo.

    Esau okwa tulwa miipandeko shi na sha ekwatathano noshikumungu shoka na okwa holoka mOmpangu mOmaandaha pamwe naafekelwa pamwe naye yeli yatano.

    Geingob okwa mono oopresenda 56 okuza momahogololo ngoka ga ningwa oshiwike sha piti, okuyeleka noopreseda 87 dhoka a mono momahogololo ngoka ga ningwa momvula yo 2014,sho a hogololwa lwotango a ninge omupresidende.

    Oshotango woo mondjokonona yaSwapo omuulikwa presidende gwawo ta mono oopresenda ooshona dhomawi gaahogololi.

    Ongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) oya mono oopresenda 16 okuza poopresenda 5 dhoka ya li yamono momahogololo gomomvula yo 2014, na oya mono iipundi 16 okuza piitundi itano. Ongundu ompe yoLandless People's Movement (LPM), oya mono oopresenda 4 ndhoka dha kalela po iipundi ine momutumba gwoPaliamende. Ongundu yoRally for Democracy and Progress oya gu pevi sho ya mono owala oshipundi shimwe shomupresidende gwawo, Mike Kavekotora, ongundu oya li ya mono iipundi 8 momahogololo gomomvula yo 2009.

    Ongundu yoUnited Democratic Front (UDF), National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) oshowo Republican Party (RP) adhihe odha mono iipundi iyali omanga ongundu yoChristian Democratic Voice (CDV) oshowo Swanu ya mono oshipundi shimwe.

    Ongundu yoCongress of Democrats (CoD), United People's Movement (UPM) oshowo Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) inaya mona iipundi.

    Nonando oongundu dhimwe dhopolotika odhe shi enditha nawa momahogololo iizemo okuza miikandjohogololo yimwe otayi patanekwa. Aaleli yoongundu dhompilameno inaya kalapo pethimbo, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) ya tseyitha kutya Geingob oye a sindana omahogololo kakele komuleli gwoNudo Esther Muinjangue.

    Omunongononi gwekotampango, Nico Horn okwa popi kutya nonando Swapo okwa kanitha oonkondo dhoka itashi ka kala oshidhigu a vule okuninga omatokolo, molwaashoka okwa pumbwa owala omuntu gumwe e mu ya yambidhidhe momatokolo nomalunduluko ngoka taya kala yahala okuninga, onkene oku wete kutya kape na eyooloko lya sha.

    Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa taambako omalunduluko ngoka, ta popi kutya ndjika ompito yoongundu dhompilameno dhi tule ombinga yawo poshitaafula.

    Eshuno pevi lyeyambidhidho lyaGeingob oshowo Swapo, Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya aahogololi oya teka omukumo.

    Okwa gwedha po kutya shoka oshi li etumwalaka enene kuGeingob oshowo koSwapo, kutya aantu inaya nyanyukilwa omukalo moka iinima tayi ningwa.

    Omukomeho gwoInstitute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Graham Hopwood okwa popi kutya omalunduluko otaga ka etitha aakwashigwana ya yambidhidhe ishewe Geingob.

    Omolwa ekanitho noopresenda dha thika po 30, Hopwood ku wete kutya ethimbo lya Geingob lwokulundulula omukalo ngoka ta ungaunga nagwo nuulingilingi olya thikana. Okwa pumbwa woo okukutha mo momusholondondo gwongundu mboka ya monika ondjo muulingilingi.


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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Geingob otaka hupitha oolye?
  • Geingob otaka hupitha oolye?Geingob otaka hupitha oolye? OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

    Sho oominista oshowo aapevi minista 13 ya gumo momusholondondo gwiilyo yOmutumba gwoPaliamende shoSwapo e shi pondola owala okumona iipundi 63 moPaliamende, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa taalela etokolo edhigu okuhogolola kutya oolye taka kwatelamo maahogololwa ye yahetatu mboka e na okuhogolola ya ye moPaliamende.

    Oominista dhilwe oonkulu ngaashi Erkki Nghimtina oshowo Charles Namolohoya gu mo momusholondondo.

    Yamwe ongaashi Anna Shiweda, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Veikko Nekundi oshowo Lidwina Shapwa, James Sankwasa, Piet van der Walt, Engel Nawatiseb, Priscilla Beukes, Chief Ankama oshowo Tommy Nambahu.

    Ongundu oya kanitha woo oonkondo dhokuninga omalunduluko mEkotampango moPaliamende, sho ya mono owala oopresenda 66 dhomawi gaahogololi, omanga omupresidende gwongundu a kanitha oopresenda 30 sho a mono owala oopresenda 56.25 nuumvo okuyeleka noopresenda 86.7 dhoka a mono momvula yo 2014.

    Swapo okwa geelwa kaanyasha unene moondoolopa mboka taya kondjitha okwaahena iilonga hoka kwa londa pombanda, na oye li unene mongundu ndjoka yaantu kaaye na iilonga.

    Okulunga nokwiitapula mokati kaanapolotika oshowo egwo lyeliko lyoshilongo pevi, oshimwe dhomwaambyoka ya geyitha aahogololi.

    Etopoko mongundu ndyoka lya hwahwamekwa kompumbwe yuuleli mongundu nokweetitha aayambidhidhi ya topoke muungundu, oya etitha woo iilyo yongundu yimwe yi hogolole oongundu dhompilameno nokugwitha pevi omawi gaSwapo. Shoka otashi kolekwa sho ongundu yoPDM ya mono iipundi 15 moPaliamende okuza piipundi itano.

    Omolwa onkalo ndjoka oyo ya etitha Swapo a kanithe iipundi ya thika po 14 moPaliamende naGeingob okwa tegelelwa a ka tokole kutya ota hupitha oolye.

    Ominista ye yiikumungu yopaliko, Obeth Kandjoze nayo kayi mo momusholodondo onkene otashi vulika e mu tule momusholondondo omupe gwe gwaahogololwa ye moPaliamende.

    Eveline Nawases-Taeyele naye ke mu momosholondondo na otaka tala koshipala shaGeingob, ngele ta mono esilohenda.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Taking a gap year
  • Taking a gap yearTaking a gap yearConnecting with your true self One advantage of taking a gap is that you discover your true passion, but only if you are serious and dedicated throughout the year. Octavia Tsibes

    Ester Kamati

    one who doesn’t know what they want to do right after they obtain their Grade 12 certificate.

    According to Martha Uiras, a life skills teacher at a local school in Khorixas, nowadays a gap year is very essential for a scholar to discover themselves and what they want to do.

    “Matriculants must use the year to do job-shadowing to gain adequate experience and be sure if this is for them or not,” she says.

    There are advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year. One advantage of taking a gap is that you discover your true passion, but only if you are serious and dedicated throughout the year.

    According to Uiras the one disadvantage is that you might not be emotionally ready to see your peers at university or college; therefore, you need be ready to take one (a gap year).

    It is very important to fully commit to the decision to discover yourself and what you want to study.

    1. A day in the life of an au pair

    Pull Quote: “You get to experience a different culture whilst living in the home of a foreign family.”- Inamarie Louw from Carlas Au Pairs.

    There are so many options when trying to find something to do while taking a gap year. One such option is being an au pair.

    An au pair is an unmarried young adult aged 18 to 30 years, who has no children and travels to a foreign country for a defined period of time to live with a host family.

    The au pair supports the host family with childcare and light housework.

    They are considered a full member of the family during the temporary period of the au pair’s stay. He or she then helps the family with childcare and can be asked to assume some light household tasks.

    In return, the host family provides free board and lodging, as well as pocket money. However, the au pair is neither a housekeeper, nor a nanny.

    The main purpose of the au pair placement is a cultural exchange, which gives the au pair an opportunity to improve his or her language skills.

    For this reason, child-minding in your own country doesn't count as an au pair stay. The au pair should also attend a language course in the host country.

    He or she should, however, have some basic language skills beforehand. Whether it is the au pair or the host family who pays for the language course depends on the prevailing practice of the relevant host country. The same applies to the cost of travel and insurance.

    Inamarie Louw from Carlas Au Pairs says that being an au pair can benefit you in many ways. “You get to experience a different culture whilst living in the home of a foreign family.

    “They provide you with room and board and either a weekly or monthly stipend, depending on the country you choose to au pair in,” she says.

    Other benefits include getting to travel within your new country, and in the case of Europe, you can travel to any European Union (EU) country on your au pair visa.

    2. Read little bookworm

    If you love reading and literature, reviewing books might be just what you need during your gap year.

    If you enjoy curling up on your sofa with your favourite book and you can completely immerse yourself in the literary world, you might enjoy doing some book reviews while you are taking that gap year.

    A book review is a form of literary criticism that includes analysing a book based on its content, style and merit.

    “It is extremely important for you to understand the intricacies of the book, to properly analyse the characters and to have a comprehension of how all the events and characters are intertwined,” says Lloyd Zandberg, a very successful and passionate book reviewer, who is also a famous comedian, journalist, writer, director and dedicated employee at Namibia Media Holdings (NMH).

    “I love reading because it exposes me to a fictional world, and I am able to immerse myself in a world that does not really exist, but offers me all the answers to my questions.”

    A good review, according to Zandberg, needs to be able to capture the essence of the book, without giving away the climax and turning points. “Your reader needs to have an idea of what the book entails, without giving too much away. This summary has sort of a marketing value, because the idea is to eventually sell the book through the review. The review needs to read like a story and has to have the same elements, such as an introduction, body and conclusion.”

    Zandberg highlights the importance of having a feel for literature when you want to venture into this field, because you need to be able to really understand the literature principles and intricacies the author uses.

    Zandberg uses different colour sticky notes to categorise important events or character growth, and this system might be useful for any aspiring reviewers.

    “If you want to become a book reviewer you need to start reading and start reviewing your books now. The more you read, the broader your knowledge of writers, authors and the different genres and styles will become,” Zandberg added.

    3. Entrepreneurship

    Irene-Marie van der Walt

    In a world full of decisions, it might seem difficult to choose something you must commit to for the rest of your life. Breathe, take it slow and make some pennies on the side!

    Jonathan Harris is the founder of JTH Photography and this has been a means by which the teen has earned a little bit of extra money since he got an entry level DSLR Nikon D3100 for his 15th birthday.

    Harris will not be taking a gap year but is definitely not opposed to the idea.

    “For some a gap year is necessary to find out what you actually want in life, whether the profession you want to go into is actually what you want to do for the next 20 to 30 years. For others it is just a free year to explore and find themselves, and through this, they see what they will be doing for the rest of their lives. But like I said I'm not going to take a gap year because I feel like I know what I want to study and I see myself succeeding in it,” Harris explains.

    Entrepreneurship may also be the way to go if you aspire to but cannot afford tertiary education. After launching your business, you can easily manage it while keeping busy with studies. In this way, you could manage to obtain a degree without the debt that many students make. And once you have your degree, there would be no reason to worry about being another unemployed graduate statistic, as you can easily jump back into your business as a means of income.

    4. Job-shadowing: The inside scoop

    This is a good option, especially when one has a career in mind that they are not sure about. Many companies in Namibia provide job-shadowing and internship opportunities. This is an inside look at a day in the life of a person in a specific career and basically puts you in their shoes to get first-hand experience of what it takes to survive in that career, which is vital information before committing. One such institution is Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) through their youth brand My Zone. The coordinating journalist Octavia Tsibes said the process is not complex. You only need to send a motivational email to her at octavia@myzone.com.na, which states why you would want to job-shadow and for how long will suffice. She will then get back to the applicant in due time, giving them the platform to join the team of journalists for a specified period of time.

    Another institution is Deloitte, which offers a two-day shadowing programme for students who are still at school. The student can send them an email, stating their request, after which the company can place them. They work closely with the student to ensure they receive as much info as required. Students can job-shadow in various fields, ranging from information technology, communication and finance, amongst others.

    5. Hand-in-hand for a beautiful life

    Justicia Shipena

    Gap year volunteering allows you to travel in a meaningful way. It is an authentic experience that exposes you to all the benefits of travelling, such as expanding your mindset, growing your independence and boosting your confidence, all while having a positive impact on communities in genuine need of volunteer assistance.

    The Zone spoke with AIESEC Namibia and touched on how a young individual can take their time to volunteer after high school. AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organisation. It is an international non-governmental organisation that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. The organisation focuses on empowering young people to make a positive impact on society.

    Established in 1948 after the Second World War, AIESEC also strives to achieve peace and fulfilment of human potential.

    Leadership can be an abstract concept, but at AIESEC they have four leadership qualities that they believe can help to develop leaders who can bring solutions to the world problems.

    Those leadership qualities are being self-aware, empowering others, being solution-orientated and a world citizen.

    According to Kleopas Johannes, country director for AIESEC in Namibia, to become an AIESEC volunteer only requires one to be a youth under the age of 30, as long as the youth wants to experience and contribute towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as all projects are linked to the SDGs.

    “These volunteering projects only run for a period of six weeks maximum and are available in more than 126 countries,” he said.

    He said taking a gap year is one of the best investments you can do for yourself, because during this period you become more self-aware and discover yourself and what you really want to do in life.

    “It also gives you an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. It also gives you an opportunity to travel and meet new people; it's more of a self-discovery experience and it's totally worth it,” he added.

    If you find yourself having a keen interest in volunteering check out AIESEC’s Facebook page for more details.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: It wasn't war - Geingob
  • It wasn't war - GeingobIt wasn't war - GeingobGeneral election was 'a contest of ideas and programmes' The president says next year's parliament will be interesting to watch, as it will be composed of a variety of political parties. President Hage Geingob, whose popularity waned by 31% from his 87% in the 2014 general election to 56% in the just-ended 2019 poll, has admitted that this year's presidential election was a tough one.

    The results announced by Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) chairperson Notemba Tjipueja revealed that Geingob received 464 703 (56.3%) out of a possible 826 198 votes.

    While accepting the outcome of the election on Saturday night, Geingob acknowledged he faced stiff competition from his 10 competitors to retain his position.

    He was, however, quick to note that the election was not a war, but a contest of ideas and programmes.

    In his victory speech, he urged those that participated in the election to hold hands, as Namibia is the only country they have.

    “I said that this is the only country that we can call home. This was not a war on enemies. We are exercising our democratic right,” he said, adding the ECN had accomplished what he termed a very difficult task.

    “I would like to thank those who were participating (competing) in the elections, it was tough. I campaigned like hell, otherwise I couldn't be standing here. There is always a loser and winner if you go into an election or boxing ring,” he said.

    “Competition was tough. [But] I emerged as the victor. Yes, it is a high responsibility. It's not a joke… I was there already, so I will just continue. But there is a winner and a loser. But in this case, democracy was the greatest winner.”

    The head of state also congratulated Utjiua Miunjangue of Nudo, who was the first female presidential candidate to participate in the national elections.

    “It's a good start,” he said, as Miunjangue nodded in agreement.

    He also commended the manner in which political parties and the independent presidential candidate conducted themselves during their election campaigns. Geingob then addressed his own performance.

    “I would have said I am cheated because last time I got 87%, but am I going to say I am cheated, because I got 51% or 56%? That's what I got apparently. I will accept it, for there is a winner and loser,” he said.

    In the National Assembly, Swapo lost its two-thirds majority, something its leader took note of.

    Swapo now has 63 seats in the National Assembly, meaning it lost 14 seats during this year's election.

    Commenting on the outcome of the National Assembly election, Geingob said the next parliament will be interesting to watch, as it will be composed of a variety of political parties.


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    150 inmates moved to ease overcrowding150 inmates moved to ease overcrowding The Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) has transferred 150 inmates from the Oluno Correctional Facility in Oshana to three correctional facilities in the two Kavango regions.

    The Oluno facility was reportedly overcrowded by 151 inmates, which made it difficult for the wardens to manage the prison efficiently.

    Despite the NCS saying the recent transfers were done because the Oluno facility was full beyond capacity, according to documents obtained by Namibian Sun it was a general transfer of inmates.

    NCS spokesperson Laimi Hainghumbi said the facility has an official capacity of 557 inmates, but the congestion was caused by 708 inmates that were house there until recently.

    “The Oluno Correctional Facility transferred inmates to other correctional facilities for an approved motive aimed at alleviating the overcrowding at that facility. The first 100 inmates were officially transferred to the Evaristus Shikongo Correctional Facility, while 25 others were officially transferred to the Elizabeth Nepemba Correctional Facility on 22 November,” Hainghumbi said.

    “So far a total of 150 inmates have been transferred. On 12 November, 25 inmates were officially transferred to the Divundu Correctional Facility with the purpose of facilitating the work at the correctional farm.

    “At the Divundu Correctional Facility maize, wheat and vegetables are produced that are distributed to all correctional facilities for consumption by inmates; hence there was an urgent demand for farmworkers,” Hainghumbi added.

    The NCS runs 13 correctional facilities across Namibia of various sizes, functions and architectural designs.

    They have various types of offender populations and in some instances deal with challenge of overcrowded conditions.

    Ileni Nandjato

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    Namibia among top safari destinationsNamibia among top safari destinations Namibia has been named one of the top safari destinations in Africa for 2019 by SafariBookings.

    SafariBookings boasts that is the largest online marketplace for African safari holidays. It receives thousands of safari reviews and once a year analyses them to determine the country that should be crowned Africa's best for safaris.

    Namibia was ranked the seventh best safari destination in Africa, with Botswana topping the list followed by Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Other countries in the top 12 include Kenya (five), South Africa (six), Uganda (eight), Rwanda (nine), Swaziland (10), Mozambique (11) and Malawi (12).

    According to the website more than 4 000 reviews were analysed in the comprehensive study and safari-goers from across the world made their contributions.

    The analysis also included reviews from travel journalists who contribute regularly to Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer's, Bradt and Footprint. These industry professionals made up the SafariBookings expert panel.

    Under the Namibia safari reviews the country was rated 4.3 stars by experts and 4.7 stars by users. The SafariBookings overview of Namibia said the country is characterised by its desert habitat.

    “The harsh environment forms a magnificent backdrop for a different kind of safari. Animal populations are smaller, but sightings in this sparse setting tend to be rewarding.”

    The website further showed that Namibia had a higher user rating of 4.59 than its expert rating of 3.95, which resulted in a total rating of 4.27. Botswana's total rating was 4.61.


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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Children killed in explosion
  • Children killed in explosionChildren killed in explosionWounded admitted to Oshakati hospital The Katutura location at Opuwo was the scene of a devastating explosion that claimed the lives of two children. Two four-year-old children died and several others were seriously injured in an explosion at Opuwo on Saturday.

    Tjapona Hivandinga and Mukatokoo Nangopwa and other children were playing with an unidentified explosive device, which exploded.

    The incident occurred at the Katutura location at Opuwo. The injured were admitted to the Oshakati State Hospital, one of them in a critical condition.

    In other crime news, a 36-year-old woman was stabbed to death with a piece of steel wire at Epako, Gobabis, on Friday. According to the police Elfriede Afrikaner was stabbed in the chest by her lover. The man (25) has been arrested. On Saturday, a 36-year-old man, employed at a hospital in Lüderitz, was raped by two men on his way home from a bar. It is allegedly that the suspects followed the man and forced him into a toilet building at knifepoint, where they raped him. The suspects are known to the police.

    At Kahenge, a 21-year-old man was shot and wounded by a security guard at a nightclub on Saturday. It is alleged that the security guard had an argument with a group of young men at Mahenzere Night Club. He apparently pulled out a shotgun and shot into the group. The victim was admitted to the Rundu state hospital and the suspect was arrested.

    At Onamagongani village in the Ohangwena Region, Sergeant Andreas Petrus (53) of the Okankolo police station allegedly shot himself with his service pistol on Saturday.

    According to the police Petrus was deployed at a polling station for Friday's elections. He did not return the service pistol issued to him for the event and his body was later found by colleagues who went looking for him.

    An industrial accident at the Ohorongo Cement factory at Otavi claimed the life of a worker on Friday. Muthoko Shikongeni (42) was cleaning a conveyor belt when a colleague switched the machine on. Muthoko sustained major injuries and was taken to the Tsumeb private hospital, where he died. A police officer was shot and wounded during a sting operation in Windhoek on Thursday. The operation was aimed at catching suspects who had impersonated police officers and defrauded an 83-year-old man of N$300 000 last year.

    The police set up a meeting with the suspects in the Northern Industrial Area on Thursday, but when the suspects were approached they fled, some in a getaway car and another one on foot. The suspect who fled on foot was intercepted and arrested under a bridge in Monte Cristo Road near NamPower. A police officer was shot and wounded in the process. He was rushed to hospital and his condition is stable. The hunt for the other suspects continues.

    At Swakopmund, five people were injured at a railway crossing on Friday when a car driver failed to stop and crashed into a train.

    According to the police all five occupants of the car were admitted to the Swakopmund state hospital for treatment and are in a stable condition. No damage was caused to the train.


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    Lions are now livestock in SALions are now livestock in SA The Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA), which includes Namibia, has expressed concern over South Africa's reclassification of more than 30 species as farm animals.

    Lions, cheetahs, rhinos and zebras were among 33 species that became “farm animals” in May this year when the South African government approved an amendment to the Animal Improvement Act (AIA) which governs livestock breeding.

    The hunting association issued a statement saying it was troubled by the decision made by South Africa's Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on the listing of indigenous wildlife game species as landrace breeds in terms of the Animal Improvement Act.

    “This listing completely disregards one of the fundamental concepts of a natural world and wildlife as we know it, and will, without a doubt, threaten not only conservation efforts, but also the livelihoods of those who rely on well-managed and ethical hunting practices, as was clearly seen with the captive-bred lion issue in South Africa,” it said.

    The association further said that not only was the reputation of South Africa jeopardised, but it also had implications for bans of trophy imports from South Africa and other African countries.

    “OPHAA has taken a clear stance against the practice of captive-bred lions, and the shooting of such, as well as the artificial breeding of wild animals for hunting purposes, and where there is no conservation value. Our position on the listing of indigenous species as landrace breeds under the Animal Improvement Act is the same.”

    The association said there was no doubt that hunting in general is extremely negatively affected by this practice, and therefore detrimental to all conservation practices.

    The association further added that it directly influences the hunting industries of all other African countries negatively, and shows disrespect for other countries' views on conservation through hunting, thereby directly affecting its livelihood and conservation of natural resources.

    According to the association the ramifications of this decision by the department of agriculture in South Africa has left the country with yet another obstacle in its way to rebuild its reputation.

    “Despite the good conservation efforts of the wildlife sector in South Africa and the Department of Environmental Affairs, Agriculture and Forestry, OPHAA is of the opinion that if South Africa does not make a strong turnaround decision to take the high road in all its conservation efforts, that it might as well accept its total amputation from being a well-respected role player in conservation.”

    OPHAA represents professional hunters in Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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  • 12/02/19--14:00: And the winners are…
  • And the winners are…And the winners are… Here are the prom king and queen of the four-month My Zone Snap Your Moment photo competition. The winning couple are from Kuisebmond Secondary School and scooped a total of 717 likes on their matric farewell photo after the competition shifted to @myzone_nmh on Instagram. They will receive an awesome prize courtesy of My Zone. Look out for My Zone at your matric farewell next year for your shot at the ‘Snap Your Moment’ photo competition.

    Photo Leandrea Louw

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    Namibian youth exercise their democratic rightNamibian youth exercise their democratic rightYoung people share their views on elections On 27 November 2019, young people from all over the country flocked to the polling stations to cast their vote for 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections. TUNOHOLE MUNGOBA

    Among the 1 358 468 registered voters, there are 403 106 born-frees (those born from 1990 onwards) and 8 623 millennials (born from 2000 onwards) according to statistics provided by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

    The Khomas, Ohangwena and Omusati regions have the highest numbers of registered voters.

    The My Zone team was deployed at polling stations in Katutura, Khomasdal and Otjomuise to talk to young voters about their experiences.

    Titus Shitaatala, a 21-year-old student who voted at the Otjomuise Community Hall, said the process was extremely slow and he drove around Windhoek in search of a polling station that was not full.

    “It takes about five minutes for one person to vote and that is way too much time. With the help of the EVMs (electronic voting machines), one would think it would be twice as fast,” he said.

    Other young people shared the same sentiments after newspaper reports by Namibian Sun said that the voting process was delayed in a few constituencies because of malfunctioning EVMs.

    Rauna Iyambo, a 24-year-old student, said she decided not to vote because she was discouraged by the long queues.

    “When I registered to go and vote, I was really excited as it was going to be my first election, but when I did not get a chance to wake up early enough in the morning, I decided to go after 17:00. It was then when the queues were really slow and I gave up,” she said.

    Kimberly Mathe cast her vote at the University of Namibia (Unam) and she said the voting process was “satisfactory and encouraging”. She was joined in the queue by her close friends, which made the process much easier.

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    287 000 unclaimed certificates287 000 unclaimed certificates The ministry of education says more than 287 000 unclaimed certificates are currently still at the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment. Elizabeth Joseph

    According to chief education officer Dr Elizabeth Ndjendja some of the reasons for the unclaimed Grade 10 and 12 certificates are learners not taking this seriously to some knowing that their results are not positive.

    She said these learners often go straight to an alternative institution to redo certain subjects and thus don’t need their certificates.

    The certificates date back to 1993.

    “You never know whether or not someone is even still alive, when trying to make sure that people pick up their certificates.

    “It places the ministry in deep difficulty, because we can’t get rid of the documents,” she says.

    The ministry wants to encourage people who never picked up their certificates to do so, this might help lessen stress and take some work off their hands.

    “All certificates that will remain unclaimed after a period of one year as from 31 August 2019 will be categorised as not having an owner or being unwanted by the owner, and will be earmarked for destruction,” a notice published recently by the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment said.

    The ministry has appealed to the public to collect the unclaimed full- and part-time Grade 10 and 12 certificates from 1993 to 2016, as it is running out of storage space.

    Candidates have been notified to contact the examination directorate’s offices to confirm the availability of their certificates, before collection.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Jingle bells of hope
  • Jingle bells of hope Jingle bells of hope Hope Village in Katutura hosted its annual ‘Secret Santa Shoe Box’ on 1 December at its premises. Justicia Shipena

    Founded in 2007 with six children, the village is a long-term placement facility that has the stamp of approval of the child ministry.

    The event was aimed at highlighting the plight of less-privileged children as well as getting people to remember them during the festive season.

    Marietjie de Klerk, founder of Hope Village, said they endeavour to help each child reach his or her full potential educationally, psychologically, emotionally and physically.

    “We give them the opportunity to go to school, do sport, arts and crafts.”

    De Klerk said they currently have 95 children under their care. She added they are striving to give hope to all the children for their future, and make them feel wanted during Christmas time.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Jingle bells of hope
  • Jingle bells of hope Jingle bells of hope Hope Village in Katutura hosted its annual ‘Secret Santa Shoe Box’ on 1 December at its premises. ith six children, the village is a long-term placement facility that has the stamp of approval of the child ministry.

    The event was aimed at highlighting the plight of less-privileged children as well as getting people to remember them during the festive season.

    Marietjie de Klerk, founder of Hope Village, said they endeavour to help each child reach his or her full potential educationally, psychologically, emotionally and physically.

    “We give them the opportunity to go to school, do sport, arts and crafts.”

    De Klerk said they currently have 95 children under their care. She added they are striving to give hope to all the children for their future, and make them feel wanted during Christmas time.

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    LPM, RDP claim daylight robberyLPM, RDP claim daylight robberyParties say elections were rigged The two opposition parties allege brazen hacking and manipulation of election results. CATHERINE SASMAN

    The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) have both declared last week’s presidential and National Assembly elections rigged, an allegation denied by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

    On Friday, a day before the official election results were released by the ECN, LPM leader Bernadus Swartbooi claimed to have been visited by an intelligence operative who told him that the party would be allotted four parliamentary seats.

    According to this information, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) would have been allotted 10+1 parliamentary seats.

    The LPM said the PDM was “selected” by Swapo as the official opposition, that the UDF was “catapulted forward”, that LPM’s votes had to be reduced, and that independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula “had been robbed” of votes.

    According to the official results the LPM did get four parliamentary seats; the PDM got 16.

    At Friday’s press briefing the LPM claimed to have received information “on good authority” that five Indian nationals had flown into the country and were stationed inside the ECN’s head office and at a nearby address on Webb Street in Windhoek North, from where elections results were allegedly manipulated.

    This was allegedly the reason why the ECN website was switched on and off, and why the announcement of the results was delayed until Saturday evening at around 21:00.

    Swartbooi claimed information obtained indicated that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were “essentially irrelevant”, because an “alternative and parallel” system had been designed and constructed “solely for the purpose of rigging the elections in favour of Swapo Party and those they nominated and selected”.

    “In essence, therefore, the 2019 elections in Namibia, as in other elections before, have become not an election, but a selection process conducted from State House and spearheaded by cyber-criminologists from various countries (sic),” Swartbooi charged.

    Alleged modus operandi

    The LPM said it was reliably informed that the so-called cyber-criminals – or hackers – used a GAP computer after the results had been manipulated and loaded onto the ECN’s server with a USB device.

    The party claimed that the results posted outside polling stations were “not being used”, but were merely a tool to rationalise the manipulated results.

    “What it tells you is that the painful effort people have put in to garner votes, to put up manifestos, to really sweat to exercise their democratic vote and to compete in this space of ideas, have become irrelevant,” Swartbooi said.

    He also criticised election observers, particularly those from the SADC region, for not looking at the integrity of the elections, which he said was “messed up”.

    “The system is captured and the deep state is manifested probably at best in the election results,” Swartbooi said.

    RDP ‘planted’ voters

    The RDP, on Saturday and also before the election results were announced, concluded that the results on the EVMs had been pre-set and predetermined.

    It said on election day it had “planted trusted cadres” to vote at various polling stations across the country and later compared the results.

    Illustrating the point, RDP president Mike Kavekotora said he had voted at the Rocky Crest High School in Windhoek with 20 other RDP members. Official results showed that the RDP got 10 votes at this polling station.

    Another group of 35 RDP members voted at the Rundu ARPO Bambo School, where it was later announced that RDP got six votes.

    “What could that be? Daylight robbery and a mockery of the electoral process that is deemed and hailed to be free and fair,” Kavekotora said.

    Other anomalies observed, the RDP said, included EVM machines that were switching on and off by themselves during the voting process, random beeping of EVMs, and alleged cancellation of ballots. In some instances, it claimed, there were more votes cast on the EVMs than there were voters who had manually registered before proceeding to vote.

    RDP said the occurrence book was only available late on election day, party agents in some instances were intimidated by presiding officers, and votes counted at polling stations did not match the results at certain collation centres.

    “We are in the process of collecting more information and engaging other political parties to determine the right course of action. We will not allow Swapo to get away with this massive rigging in the same way they have been getting away with corruption over the past 30 years,” Kavekotora said.

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    ECN did not learn from its mistakesECN did not learn from its mistakes A political analyst has described the Electoral Commission of Namibia's handling of last week's national and presidential elections as appalling.

    The elections were marred by malfunctioning electronic voting machines (EVMs) and problems with the voter verification process, which led to slow-moving queues at most polling stations. Institute for Public Policy Research executive director Graham Hopwood says the ECN did not manage the elections in the best way. “The way the ECN has handled this election in terms of transparency and openness has been appalling. The long delays and silences have fuelled fake news and conspiracy theories,” he said. Hopwood said the ECN apparently had learned nothing from its earlier mistakes. “It seems like they have learnt nothing from the 'EVMs falling off a trailer' saga, which they covered up for two years before only admitting the details when they were exposed by a newspaper report,” said Hopwood. Disgraced former justice minister Sakeus Shangala claimed that the missing EVMs, which had been borrowed by Swapo for an internal election, had fallen from a truck. Constitutional law expert Professor Nico Horn also felt that the ECN could have been more transparent, adding that he expected results to be released regularly as they became available. “The ECN must be open and transparent and updates should be given regularly. The longer you wait, the more rumours will start spreading,” he said. Horn also expressed concern about the absence of opposition parties when it was announced that President Hage Geingob had won the presidential vote. National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) leader Esther Miunjangue was the only opposition leader in attendance when ECN chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro announced the results on Saturday evening.

    “I am worried at the reaction of the Popular Democratic Movement and Landless People's Movement, who all boycotted the announcement of the results,” Horn said.

    The two parties have accused the ECN of rigging the elections in favour of Swapo and Geingob, who was under pressure from the only independent presidential candidate, Panduleni Itula.

    Horn said it was a good sign that political parties could campaign without restrictions in some areas of the country. In 2008, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) was not allowed to hold a rally in Okuryangava in Windhoek.

    No such incident occurred during campaigning for this year's elections. “This year there were no no-go zones. It is a good sign, we are maturing,” Horn said.

    Stockbroking firm PSG Konsult said there was no evidence that the elections were rigged. “Observer missions expressed satisfaction with the process,” the firm said.


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  • 12/02/19--14:00: See you folks!
  • See you folks!See you folks! How do I even begin to understand what the hell I am going through when it is incomprehensible to this meagre human brain that I’m stuck with? Evany van Wyk

    How can I miss something that I didn’t even think I needed and how am I this strong to be able to move on to another chapter, leaving behind the past.

    The fact is I am not strong; you see me standing, but I’m dying on the floor. ‘Stone cold’ as Demi Lovato would say. I am saying my final goodbyes to the most interesting chapter of my life and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. The first and only thing that I want to express clearly is that being part of The Zone has been the realest, scariest and most invigorating experience of my life.

    A scared and meek girl walked into the office on her first day of work, but a strong, knowledgeable and changed young woman left on her last day. ‘Thank you’ is not enough to express my gratitude to an amazing team that has taught me so much about life.

    To anyone thinking of joining the team: You will not be able to understand how intensely lucky you are. And in this instance, luck is a real thing, and you would have hit the jackpot.

    Now no one forced me to write this column and sing any praises, but damn, it’s really difficult to write anything else but praises.

    This is the type of work environment where going home is a drag, because it’s so much fun. You literally don’t want to miss out on all the action, the fun and the adrenaline rush of trying to get things done before deadline.

    Yes, being tired is part of life, and I’ve been drained sometimes, but the whole ‘kavibe’ is worth it. That’s another thing I picked up, slang words.

    ‘Chommie girl’ it’s what makes every day a blast. The mistakes I’ve made have really had me down though, and doubting myself and my capabilities, but as they say ‘vat hom op die bors en dribble hom’. I have seriously become a full-fledged language killer, because I simply can’t stop talking like that.

    Something in the way we always managed to do what seemed impossible has still got me shook; to the point where I am asking myself: Was I working with a team of superheroes? The answer is no, they are just hardworking, super-inspirational and they are all immensely beautiful, inside and out.

    There is a certain level of passion that each and every one has for their work, and that for me is the most admirable. That is what I am chasing the PASSION.

    Which begs the question: Why am I leaving? At this point in time I have no answer for that question. I have, however, always trusted my instincts, which is telling me that somewhere something great is waiting for me out there - something that I can’t even imagine and I can’t wait to see what it is.

    I believe that when you are brave enough to say goodbye, then life will reward you with a ‘hello’. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

    The one thing that will probably stay with me the longest is the friends I have gained. To be honest, they are more like family and I’m so glad they chose me.

    I found a way to express my love of writing and for that I will always be grateful. Language is a beautiful thing, even if mine is a bit broken at times. Expressing my opinion, but also being able to give other people a voice, was such a blessing. Not to mention all the important people I got to meet. ‘Hosh Marubaan’ - these are the memories that will always be with me and it only took a leap of faith. That small leap that had me believe for a second that I stood a small chance of getting this job. My advice is to be very vigilant when taking leaps of faith; things can very well go sideways real quick. That is my secret to life: Don’t take unnecessary risks and be the sunshine that brightens everyone’s day.

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    My Zone asked pupils from the coast if they think Black Friday has any significance and whether is it a good or bad practice.My Zone asked pupils from the coast if they think Black Friday has any significance and whether is it a good or bad practice. Lindley Appollis

    Emmatjie Gaoses

    $30. I agree with what my dad says that they just put on fancy colours and say something is on special, when in fact it’s like a Venus flytrap.

    Even though many people see Black Friday as a waste of money, I think that it is a good thing. It gives people the opportunity to buy gifts for their loved ones, seeing that Christmas is just around the corner. This gives regular consumers the opportunity to be able to afford certain things that they couldn’t afford before.

    I think it’s a good way for shops to clear their old stock and make space for new stock, especially for those special December gifts and items with festive themes. It also promotes more sales, due to a dedicated day being set aside for Black Friday. In my opinion it’s a win-win for both businesses and customers.

    From my point of view, Black Friday only brings negative vibes. Firstly, as seen before in Windhoek and South Africa, it can get dangerous and violent, with people storming shops to get their hands on a certain item. Honestly, the shopping rage isn’t worth it. It also encourages people to spend money they don’t have.

    It is a good thing. It gives people who aren’t as well off an opportunity to buy the really expensive things at a cheaper price. I feel it gives them a chance to feel like ‘I can have it all’, even if it is just for that day. It also gives businesses the opportunity to make more money, which in the end gives our economy a boost for the day.

    In my opinion Black Friday gives people the chance to buy things at a much lower price, which are normally much more expensive. By now people know Black Friday is celebrated in November, so it gives them a great chance to save a little something extra throughout the year.

    Black Friday isn't a good thing because it leads to chaos; it's just a way of institutions making more money out of people by coming up with ideas that look like the consumers are benefiting, but they aren't.

    Black Friday has its negative and positive sides. The bad thing is how crowded it gets on the day and how everyone doesn't get what they want. Some people even get hurt in the process. On the other hand, it’s always great to have specials and marked down prices on items and it’s a time of the year that everyone awaits eagerly.

    I do like purchasing cheap stuff on this day, but that doesn’t come close to the traffic lines and rude drivers you get to experience on the day. We are all aware how bad traffic sometimes gets, and it only increases on Black Friday. Crowded stores and long lines can turn the calmest people into terrifying lunatics and any store can turn into a mob scene or into a fight club.

    I think it is a good thing as people who can't usually afford certain things get to buy luxury items.

    Black Friday is a good way to kick off the festive season. You can now buy that one thing you’ve been wanting for months that you couldn’t afford or you can use it as an opportunity to buy Christmas presents.

    I think Black Friday is good because a lot of people get the chance to buy things they cannot normally afford, in order to improve their lives.

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    Police, not NDF, shot robbery suspect deadPolice, not NDF, shot robbery suspect dead A wanted criminal was shot dead in Katutura on Sunday night during an undercover operation by police officers, and not by Namibian Defence Force (NDF) members of Operation Kalahari Desert.

    The police yesterday refuted speculations on social media that the man had been shot by NDF soldiers.

    Namibian Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi identified the deceased as John Dauseb, a wanted criminal out on bail in a number of robbery cases.

    Dauseb was shot during an undercover operation in Max Eixab Street in Katutura on Sunday night at about 22:00.

    “When the undercover officers learnt about the whereabouts of the wanted suspect they went there to make a lawful arrest, but the suspect was unruly and resisted arrest,” she said.

    One of Dauseb's friends allegedly threw a bottle which hit a police officer in the head. An undercover officer pursued the man who had thrown the bottle, said Shikwambi.

    Another officer remained behind to arrest Dauseb, but Dauseb attacked him and stabbed him in the hand.

    Shikwambi said the officer fired a warning shot but that did not deter Dauseb, who threatened to kill the officer.

    The cornered officer then shot Dausab in self-defence, Shikwambi said.

    According to her, the officer received treatment for his injuries and is in a stable condition.

    The case is being investigated by the police's internal investigation directorate.

    “This is an unfortunate and regrettable incident which could have been avoided had the suspects cooperated with the officers, who only intended to effect a lawful arrest.

    “Our emphasis has been and continues to be that the public must cooperate when approached by law enforcement enforcers,” Shikwambi said.

    She said fighting, threatening, injuring and undermining police officers in the execution of their duties serves no purpose, and in most cases turn out disastrous.

    “It must be avoided at all times. When a suspect feels that there is a breach in the executing of the arrest, it can be addressed at the station. The public must know that the officers do not and cannot make arrests for nothing; surely there must be a contravention of the law that results in the arrest of offenders.”

    She further warned the public not to interfere when the police are making an arrest.

    “We refute the ongoing social media messages that the deceased was killed by an NDF member of the Kalahari Desert Operation,” she added.

    Messages were doing the rounds on social media yesterday that a teenager had been shot by a soldier in Katutura when he resisted being searched.


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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Beauty beyond borders
  • Beauty beyond bordersBeauty beyond bordersAn immense love for the arts Student, radio host and model Kamary Mupupa will represent Namibia at the Miss University Africa pageant next year. Ester Kamati

    Currently studying towards a bachelor of law degree at the University of Namibia and a paralegal studies graduate, Mupupa is a great example of a beauty with brains.

    She has been modelling professionally for about three years, specifically on the runway and at fashion shows, and recently featured in the Katutura Fashion Week and Windhoek Fashion Week.

    A lover of all things creative, Mupupa is a hair and makeup enthusiast who also runs a YouTube channel and is a presenter at 97.4fm.

    “I love everything and anything that has to do with art, from makeup to design,” she says.

    The 22-year-old values her online presence and says that “as a model, social media is a very important tool to you because this is the first place people go to when they want to work with you.”

    The law student is excited about her participation in this pageant despite the lack of sponsors as this would be her first time representing her country on an international level and she says she is looking forward to raising her country’s flag high. She is also enthusiastic about meeting the other contestants.

    The pageant, which was initially scheduled for 1-15 November, has been postponed and will likely take place early in March 2020 according to Mupupa.

    “We don’t contest to feel appreciated; we contest to appreciate ourselves for who we are,” says Mupupa about her participation in pageants. She shared that other than a fun experience, beauty pageants are also platforms where women are strengthened.

    The young woman believes in setting a vision that is big enough to keep her motivated. She adds that the best advice she has ever received was from her mother, who told her that “in order to get, you must give.”

    Mupupa shared with The Zone that she has already checked off most of the items on her bucket list for the year and is leaving the rest for next year.

    The annual international pageant, first held in 2010, is scheduled to take place in Nigeria. The winner will receive endorsement deals worth N$50 000, among other prizes.

    The pageant is unique in that there is no swimsuit category and it includes contestants from across Africa, regardless of their language and religion. The reigning queen is Miss University Africa Zimbabwe.

    Fun Facts about Kamary Mupupa

    · She studied nail anatomy at a beauty school for a few months and is a certified nail technician.

    · She was originally born with 12 fingers.

    · She was the tallest at her kindergarten.

    · She loves to dance.

    · She is an animal lover.

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    Fishcor CEO suspended over FishrotFishcor CEO suspended over FishrotNghipunya sent home after damning documentary The axe fell on the young executive's head after a damaging documentary aired on Sunday, in which he was shown scheming to trade off national resources for personal gain. Fishcor CEO Mike Nghipunya has been placed on suspension after it came to light that he had allegedly used his office as leader of the state-owned fishing company to allocate fishing rights in exchange for money.

    An Al Jazeera documentary, 'Anatomy of a Bribe', secretly recorded Nghipunya promising journalists posing as investors access to fishing quotas, using Fishcor as a vehicle.

    Bernhardt Esau, the then fisheries minister, stripped several private companies of fishing quotas and handed them to Fishcor, which is now at the centre of allegations that it passed on huge allocations of its quotas to Icelandic company Samherji, which paid the company's officials and local politicians handsome kickbacks in return.

    Some of the companies that lost their quota allocations ended up retrenching employees as a result.

    Al Jazeera journalists spent three months undercover posing as foreign investors looking to exploit the lucrative Namibian fishing industry. Nghipunya was one of the officials the undercover journalists held private meetings with.

    Acting Fishcor board chairperson Bennet Kangumu confirmed to Namibian Sun yesterday that action was being taken against Nghipunya.

    “The CEO has been placed on leave [suspension]. Investigations are currently under way. The board will convene and chart the way forward in light of the new evidence,” Kangumu said.

    He did not say what measures it was looking at when asked what decisive action would be taken or whether law-enforcement authorities had been called in to assist.

    Hands in the cookie jar

    In the video, which was televised and also streamed on Al Jazeera's YouTube channel on Sunday, Nghipunya can be seen promising the supposed investor, identified as Johnny, fishing quotas in exchange for money.

    “For as long as I am Fishcor CEO, for the next five years, you will get quotas from me,” Nghipunya said in the footage.

    When news of the Fishrot scandal broke in November, Nghipunya told Namibian Sun that he had never received a bribe. “I do not even know why they listed my name because I never received a bribe,” he said at the time.

    Walvis Bay lawyer Sacky Kadhila Amoomo, who was described as a “dealmaker” in the documentary, was shown assuring the purported investor: “He [Nghipunya] will make sure you get the quota and it is in his interest, because by virtue of having a 20% [stake] he has interest in the operation.”

    Nghipunya further encouraged the 'investor' that the money would be channelled through Amoomo to him, using a company owned by the lawyer as a front, to hide the link between the investor and himself.

    “What we are trying to do is to make sure that the whole deal is with Sacky. Then it becomes independent that I am just there to support you with your quota,” Nghipunya is seen as saying.

    Amoomo further explains that he will channel the money through a company called SPK Consulting, of which he is the sole shareholder.

    “This is my company of which I am the only shareholder and director. That is the only reason why we are using this company because we do not want anybody else asking questions,” he says.

    What now for Amoomo?

    Omualu Fishing chairperson Johannes Nanyala says his directors will meet to discuss Amoomo's future in light of his alleged role in the scandal.

    “I do not have a comment yet, we [Omualu board] are still to meet to pronounce ourselves,” he said yesterday.

    Government attorney Chris Nghaamwa is the deputy board chairperson of Omualu.

    In the video, Amoomo tells 'Johnny' how he can secure his company the coveted fishing quota with the assistance of a person in the fisheries ministry.

    When asked whether he believed his company had received quotas as a result of Amoomo's alleged scheming, no comment was forthcoming from Nanyala.

    Nghipunya admitted in the video to having helped Amoomo get many fishing quotas for Omualu in the past.

    Meanwhile, Bank Windhoek yesterday distanced itself from the scandal.

    The documentary shows bank statements bearing the Bank Windhoek logo indicating that N$17 million was channelled through the trust account of lawyer Sisa Namandje. The trust is held at the bank.

    “Bank Windhoek has zero tolerance for any corrupt practices and non-compliance with regulatory requirements and thus our approach has always been to report any suspicious activity and suspicious transactions as guided by Namibian law and Bank of Namibia regulations,” the bank said.

    Meanwhile, the six people arrested in connection with the Fishrot debacle abandoned their bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday.

    They are former fisheries minister Esau, former justice minister Sacky Shanghala, former Fishcor board chairperson James Hatuikulipi, Esau's son-in-law Tamson 'Fitty' Hatuikulipi (who is also James' cousin), Investec Asset Management senior employee Ricardo Gustavo and Pius 'Taxa' Mwatelulo.

    The accused men's defence lawyers and the State agreed not to proceed with the bail hearing. The matter was postponed to 20 February 2020 to allow further investigations and the accused will remain in custody until bail is granted.



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    Analyst wary of army's Arab Spring alarmAnalyst wary of army's Arab Spring alarm Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah has cautioned the army against using social media posts to claim that “advocates of violence” in Namibia are planning to replicate the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine and the Arab Spring that enveloped large parts of the Islamic world.

    Kamwanyah was speaking shortly after acting chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), Air Vice-Marshal Martin Pinehas, said the country remains at the highest security level possible, and that appropriate action will be taken if these kinds of actions play out in Namibia.

    He stressed that care should be taken not to create a state of panic in the country, because of things posted on social media.

    He also said that NDF should have provided more details.

    Kamwanyah said it is difficult to know exactly what evidence the NDF has and what they are looking at, but it has to be credible and not just “loose” postings on social media.

    He said thorough investigations are needed. “However we should give them the benefit of the doubt.”

    Kamwanyah said it also puzzles him why NDF elevated the security level of the country the day before the elections.

    “They have to explain why now and how long have they been working on this matter.”

    He said the NDF has to be careful not to single out political parties, because this too can entice violence.

    Pinehas said the NDF is particularly disturbed by some individuals saying that since their candidates did not win the just-ended general election, they will resort to unconstitutional means to obtain political power in the country.

    According to him this includes the assassination of President Hage Geingob, the storming and burning of State House, launching a civil war, blocking of roads and sabotaging government installations and national key points.

    He said even though peaceful elections were held last week, the security level in Namibia will remain elevated.

    Pinehas said on 26 November the nation was informed that security in the country was upped to its highest level.

    He said this became imperative following incitements to violence and chaos, and threats of assassinations and civil war by certain individuals or groups using social media.

    “After the announcement of election results, the threats that were made before the elections continued to be shared on social media.”

    Pinehas said to ensure the law is enforced, the constitution has provided for the establishment of institutions such as the judiciary, the police, correctional services and the NDF.

    He said the NDF in particular was established by the Defence Act, with prescribes the composition, powers, duties and procedures, in order to defend the territory and national interests of Namibia.

    “As such any unlawful acts of violence, which causes loss or threatens the lives of the Namibian people, destroys government and individuals' properties, restricts the movement of the Namibian people, renders government ineffective in the provision of goods and services and threatens the integrity of the state, therefore deserves appropriate responses from the NDF.”

    While mentioning the Orange Spring Revolution and the Arab Spring, Pinehas said these types of revolutions had devastated countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

    “We are also aware that such types of revolutions are always backed by foreign agencies, who are eager to capture the economies of the states concerned. We cannot therefore allow our country to descend into chaos due to self-serving individuals who do not have the security of our country at heart.”

    He therefore called on those that are spreading rumours and propaganda, with the intent to cause division among Namibians, in order to achieve personal objectives above those of the collective, to stop immediately.