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According to Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Gurirab, the baby was discovered by a taxi driver on Tuesday morning.
“At about 06:45 at house number
3587 in Tulinawa location in Swakopmund a newborn baby girl was discovered by a taxi driver who came to the house to pick up a child for school. “The taxi driver narrated that he saw a baby wrapped in a blanket lying next the dustbin in the house's yard. The baby was alive and is in stable condition.
“The baby is admitted at the Swakopmund state hospital for observation. A criminal case has been opened and is under investigation by the gender-based violence protection subdivision of the Erongo Region,” Gurirab said.
He asked anyone who can help the police to trace the mother to contact Detective Sergeant Kalipi at 081 619 6503 or Detective Chief Inspector Gurirab at 081 233 3745.
Sean Naude of Namibian Marshall Rangers also appealed for assistance in the matter.
“People are saying let's leave her alone but instead of her leaving her baby, she could just have said she is not able to take care of the baby and help could have been offered.
“If there is anyone who has information or knows anyone who was highly pregnant in the area, please call us on 081 201 0821,” Naude added.
The investigation will be conducted by Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev, through a strategic partnership with SLR Environmental Consulting Namibia.
The agriculture ministry last week signed a memorandum of understanding with AB InBev Namibia for the investigation to commence.
The partnership provides an opportunity to understand the aquifer and its potential for future use.
According to agriculture permanent secretary Percy Misika, the agreement aims at developing and strengthening cooperation and collaboration between the state and the water users of the basin, through the investigation.
“Overall, the investigation will provide an opportunity to explore a source that could potentially contribute immensely to securing water to meet the growing demand of the central area of Namibia and aid in the protection of this vulnerable resource,” he said.
According to Misika the investigation has two main objectives.
The first is to assess and quantify the groundwater potential of the alluvial aquifer and the subsequent utilisation of the resources as a supplementary source of water during drought periods for the central area.
Secondly, the investigation will develop appropriate strategies to prevent the contamination of the alluvial aquifer from potential pollution sources.
According to Misika, the investigation will contribute to an improved understanding of the aquifer. It will also provide an opportunity to advance the concepts of integrated water resource management in the upper Swakop basin.
Based on the agreement, AB InBev will be the funding partner while the ministry will be the custodian of the resources.
The deal has the following benefits: The assessment and quantification of potential resources, the development of a groundwater quality map with potential pollution sources, and overall contribution to enhance the knowledge of existing aquifers with the implication as contingent supply in times of need.
In addition, skills transfer to benefit identified ministry staff and the development of a numerical model that may prove useful for the control of groundwater utilisation, including abstraction by Osona plot farmers utilising the Swakop River alluvial aquifer are also benefits.
The hydrological investigation is in line with AB InBev's 2025 sustainability goals, which are designed to positively impact communities around the world and deliver measurable results in areas of smart agriculture, circular packaging, climate action and water stewardship.
A media statement issued by the ministry's chief PRO Romeo Muyunda said sand mining has become a serious concern for the ministry.
“As Namibia seeks to achieve its development goals especially in the infrastructure development sector, building sand and gravel for roads have become valuable and essential resources in the construction industry and are extracted on a daily basis to meet the demand of the sector in an uncoordinated manner,” the statement said.
It said to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development, all projects deemed to have adverse impacts on the environment require an environmental impact assessment as per the Environment Management Act before it can be undertaken. The legal requirement however seems not to be understood by some communities and the ministry continues to be inundated with complaints of illegal sand mining operations, especially from community members in rural areas.
“These activities are destructive to the environment and dangerous to human beings, livestock and wildlife when the pits are left unrehabilitated,” the statement said.
The workshop, which is open to the public, is aimed at educating people and seeking amicable solutions on sand mining activities and will discuss the interests, roles, needs and values of all parties involved in allocating land for sand mining.
Environment m Pohamba Shifeta will officiate at the workshop.
Several residents expressed their concern to Namibian Sun regarding water taps either operating at a low pressure or without water for several hours a day.
Rundu's water problems made headlines recently after the town could not pay its NamWater arrears.
The town was without water four days, forcing a stampede to the Okavango River, where residents obtained water.
The Rundu town council owes NamWater about N$60 million
However, about two weeks ago government intervened and N$2 million was paid to NamWater by the urban and rural development ministry.
Apart from the bailout, it was also agreed that NamWater would supply water to Rundu for over three months, without the council paying. The agreement also entailed that council would be expected to ring-fence its water bill to ensure that the monies paid are strictly used to pay NamWater, and not for operational costs, as was the case before.
It is therefore puzzling that some residents are complaining about water trickling from taps or that the supply is not forthcoming for hours a day.
A Millennium Park resident, who opted to speak on condition of anonymity, expressed her disappointment, saying the water situation has not changed much.
“We have water early in the mornings but in the afternoon around 12:00 and 13:00 and late at night there is no water. This cannot be the case because we don't receive warnings that water might not be running during some periods of the day,” she said.
Another resident told Namibian Sun he expected the situation to be better for the next three months.
“We are back to the days when you approach a tap hoping that water is going to run. I just hope that NamWater and the Rundu town council look into the matter and rectify it,” he said.
Town council acting CEO Sikongo Haihambo said the water should be running all day long, without any interruptions.
“In as far as we are concerned all areas should have water 24/7. We paid NamWater,” Haihambo said.
“What we know is that we paid NamWater and we have been put on the post-paid (system). All areas are expected to get water, but if there is low pressure; maybe it can be looked at and established what exactly the problem is, and see if we can address it on our side or on the side of NamWater. I think it requires a bit of monitoring.”
Theron would know.
His family is running both Van's Supermarket in Walvis Bay's Narravile suburb and G&D Hydraulics for 10 years now.
His wife manages Van’s Supermarket in Narraville.
The shop has not been spared the economic downturn and recent developments have not been friendly to the family's shop.
Since a new mall opened in Walvis Bay, the Therons' former loyal customers buy in cash from the retailers at the mall while buying on credit from them during lean times.
Theron says family-owned businesses such as his struggle against competition, most often from large South African-owned retailers.
He says his biggest lesson in business occurred when he approached a mine to propose an idea to then only to see the mine contract a foreign company to run the very programme he suggested.
"Don't tell people your plans," he says.
Since 2000 over 15 000 SMEs have registered with the trade ministry. Although detailed statistics are unavailable, it is widely believed that SMEs employ over a third of the Namibian workforce.
Theron employs seven workers in total.
Laurence, a fitter and turner by profession, took over his father's shop when Theron senior retired. He then also started his own hydraulics business.
Asked how he got into hydraulics he says he didn't have much of a choice.
"I matriculated in 1985. Early in 1986 my father took me to his friend's workshop to start work there. Back then you did what your parents told you," he says with a grin.
But he has no regrets. He says he's been making a good living from working as a fitter and turner and then as a hydraulic technician for various mines and companies in the Erongo Region for over 20 years.
Theron's family is centre to everything he does.
It's, therefore, no surprise that the G&D in his company's name actually refers to his two sons Garven and Dylan.
Hydraulics is defined as the branch of science and technology concerned with the conveyance of liquids through pipes and channels, especially as a source of mechanical force or control.
One piece of advice Theron always repeats to anyone working in hydraulics is, “make sure your pipes are clean before you start, he says, the other day I didn’t and I got an oil shower of note.” To do hydraulics you have to make sure that every part and work that you do must be 99.9% clean.
His workers now tell him even bosses can be wrong. He agrees.
From his very first pay cheque in 1986 to buying cars and acquiring a home loan he’s been banking with Nedbank. Theron says he is quite happy with their service and especially commends their fast personal banker service.
Theron wanted to expand into marine hydraulics in order to create more job opportunities but the market is tough. To become more nimble he cancelled his rent contract and moved G&D’s operations to his home.
The biggest challenges facing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) Theron says, is big companies and a lack of opportunities for Namibian entrepreneurs. Especially in the hydraulics industry.
He faces competition from large South African companies and even some bigger Namibian companies.
Nelson Simasiku, the head of SME Business at Nedbank Namibia says access to finance or funding alone is not sufficient for the growth and development of the SME Sector. He shares that Nedbank offer small business owners tools to make their transactions faster and more efficient. “A suite of services and value-added solutions are available with Nedbank to enable SMEs to grow faster, easier and more effectively”.
Simasiku says that for entrepreneurs running their day-to-day operations and finding their next source of income can consume a considerable amount of time. Therefore, he encourages business owners to do careful research in choosing the right bank for their business and respective industry.
Theron concurs and advises that choosing the right bank is a critical decision for any business owner. A strong relationship with your bank will allow for adequate credit to support your enterprise, offer solutions to challenges and once they understand your operations, it will be easier for them to go the extra mile.
“These value-added services provided by Nedbank include practical mentorship, small business seminars, short-term insurance and financial planning” Simasiku said.
Running a small family business in Namibia is tough but Laurence Theron is showing every day that it can be done with a strong support structure.
The Namibia Meteorological Service (NMS) issued an advisory yesterday warning that “very hot weather” is expected over most of Namibia and that heat-wave conditions are likely to continue until the middle of next week.
Nevertheless, some places can expect a few thundershowers today and on Friday, chief weather forecaster Odillo Kgobetsi said.
“Most places in Namibia will be under a high-pressure system drying the weather, except in parts of the Maize Triangle area and the Omaheke Region, where showers or light thunderstorms are expected Thursday night and during the day on Friday.”
He said “unstable weather” will be possible over Namibian interior by next Tuesday.
Farmers are warned to ensure water is readily available to livestock, as they will require double or triple their normal water intake on such hot days, a Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) official said.
Many parts of South Africa are also experiencing a heat wave, with daily fire warnings issued by weather offices and advisories suggesting strenuous work and sports be avoided during the hottest hours of the day.
The website www.reeenvalsa.com confirmed that searing high temperatures, especially in the northern, southern and interior parts of Namibia are ongoing.
Namibians have shared temperatures on social media, with many reporting consistent highs of more than 40 degrees Celsius in some places this week.
A Rundu resident said the temperature on Tuesday reached 43 degrees at the north-eastern river town.
In the //Karas Region, a resident said the temperature had reached 41 degrees at Koës on Tuesday, while residents of Keetmanshoop reported 42 degrees and at Aroab 45 degrees.
Bethanie residents reported a high of 39 degrees. Mariental experienced similar hot weather.
Windhoek residents reported temperatures ranging from 32 degrees to more than 40 degrees in some places, and Okahandja residents measured 38 degrees.
At Rosh Pinah in the south, a resident posted a reading of a low 23 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, central dam levels continue to drop, with the Swakoppoort Dam currently at 27%, compared to 44.1% last season.
The Von Bach Dam level is now at 43.8%, compared to 66.7% last season.
Overall, the capacity of the three central dams, including the Omatako Dam which has been empty for some time, is currently at 24.6%, compared to 39.7% this time last year.
In the Omaheke Region the Otjivero Dam is currently at 6.1%, compared to 14.4% last year.
The Tilda Viljoen Dam at Gobabis is 12.3% full, compared to 53% last year.
In the south, the Hardap Dam outside Mariental is at 40.5%, compared to 50.8% last year.
The Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop is 72.7% full, compared to 80% last year.
But the directorate has slammed the municipality's threat of cutting power and lights, particularly during examinations, and says such a threat should not be used again to address outstanding debt.
Khomas regional education director Gerard Norman Vries told Namibian Sun that the economic crisis and budget cuts affect everyone in Namibia, including the education sector.
He said in an attempt to address the accumulated debt and to deal with upcoming utility bills, the directorate “will discuss with the City of Windhoek to put in place a standing protocol on payments”.
He added that the education directorate will request that the municipality not use “services and utilities payments as a threat in future, since the austerity measures impacts the entire society”.
Last week Vries said the threat to disconnect at least three schools was badly timed and could negatively affect students writing exams.
Yet an expert told Namibian Sun that the ministry's water and power bill could be significantly lowered if leaks were fixed and water management protocols properly implemented.
“If Windhoek schools in partnership with the education ministry would apply better water management they could reduce their water bill by at least 30%. In addition, if they installed water-saving equipment, they could easily save another 30% on their water use,” said a source, who declined to be named.
He said if the education ministry and schools applied available water-saving techniques, equipment and practices, water use could be halved.
The source said the majority of high utility bills are linked to weak water-management practices.
He added that some schools, including the Augustineum Secondary School which has accumulated more than N$2.8 million in unpaid water and power bills, have experienced leaks that are not being fixed.
Vries confirmed yesterday that some leaks had been identified at schools, including Augustineum.
He said repairs were “constrained by the availability of funds”.
Nevertheless, the directorate was tackling the problem and had instructed the relevant departments at the works ministry to “urgently” submit an emergency work application to the procurement unit for consideration and approval.
“A major overhaul of the entire sewage and water reticulation system is earmarked for the school through the Africa Development Bank funding that is being advertised in the media. It is anticipated that work will commence at the school in April 2019,” he said.
Vries added that the regional education directorate was “in constant conversation and consultation” with the relevant offices regarding outstanding payments, but added that “the prevailing downward revision of the budget pervades all layers of the Namibian public and society”.
Records provided by the municipality last week showed that several schools had outstanding water and electricity bills amounting to millions, with 22 secondary schools owing the City N$18.8 million and 38 primary schools owing a total of N$11 million.
Offices and special schools made up the difference of more than N$2.5 million.
Augustineum Secondary School has one of the highest arrears, owing the City more than N$2.8 million in unpaid water and electricity.
Academia Secondary School has an outstanding debt, stretching back more than four months, of more than N$1.2 million.
Windhoek High School's utility bill stands at more than N$1.6 million, and the Concordia account is in arrears by more than N$2 million.
Eros Primary School is in arrears by over N$1.1 million, A. Shipena Secondary School by over N$1 million and Jan Mohr Secondary School by more than N$1.3 million.
Nikolas Mangundu Hausiku was arrested following a police manhunt for the killer of 59-year-old farmer Hendrik Coetzee.
Coetzee's wife was also kidnapped during the incident on Saturday at a farm in Otjimbingwe.
At the time of his arrest on Monday, Hausiku was found in possession of cannabis and he pleaded guilty on Tuesday.
Hausiku appeared before Magistrate Hellen Olaiya, who denied him bail because an identity parade will be held in connection with the Otjimbingwe murder and kidnapping.
The cannabis matter was postponed until 13 December.
Prosecutor Emma Mayavero informed the court the suspect is allegedly linked to the Otjimbingwe incident, but that an identification parade will be held.
The crime was committed within an area under the jurisdiction of the Karibib Magistrate's Court.
Kavango East crime Investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Bonifatius Kanyetu, said he can confirm they arrested “the right suspect”.
Kanyetu said the suspect will be transported to Karibib.
“I can confirm that we arrested the correct suspect and that is all I can share with you,” Kanyetu said.
Erongo police crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, said earlier this week the Otjimbingwe suspect went on the run on Saturday, shortly after the murder and kidnapping that occurred at about 18:00.
The farmworker allegedly approached the 56-year-old farmer's wife, demanding to know where the firearms are kept on the farm.
She told the suspect that her husband does not have a firearm. The suspect then searched the house without success. He then took an axe, walked towards Coetzee, who was milking goats, and hit him several times on the head.
The suspect then went back to the house and loaded some items into Coetzee's GWM bakkie and instructed the wife to climb into the vehicle.
He drove off on the Otjimbingwe/Wilhelmstal gravel road. About 35km from Otjimbingwe, the suspect lost control off the vehicle and it overturned.
After the accident, the suspect ran away and the wife managed to walk a few kilometres before she was assisted to go back to Otjimbingwe.
This has implications for a party that has swept all before it in previous polls since independence.
Still unfolding on various platforms is a bitter battle between so-called Team Harambee and Team Swapo supporters, and as Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa mentioned at a media conference this week, this does not augur well for the ruling party.
However, while announcing the dates for an extraordinary party congress, which will take place from 30 November to 1 December at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek, Shaningwa also bared her teeth.
Echoing the sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila that Swapo parliamentarians critical of government policies will be dealt with, Shaningwa said the party has a right to recall those who “misbehave”.
She did, however, say that veteran leader Nahas Angula, who has written a number of critical opinion pieces, has the right to express his views, but added those who have issues with the way things are being done should perhaps rather address their concerns in the appropriate structures, such as the central committee or politburo.
It has long been a criticism of the current Swapo administration that they do not take kindly to dissent, and often move swiftly to smother it.
While the shifting sands of politics may not be enough to severely dent a sweeping Swapo victory next year, it remains to be seen whether the ongoing factionalism may impact the presidential vote, and to a lesser degree those being voted in as MPs. A sad indictment of opposition politics is that it is also wracked by a severe lack of common positions, while leaders cling to their status as so-called party presidents. This, if unresolved, will again see Swapo laughing as it passes the election finish line next year with a wide victory margin.
National Council chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams says its standing committees have over the years contributed immensely to changing government policy in areas such as human-wildlife conflict and the protection of women and children from rape and other forms of gender based violence.
“It was through the public consultation work of standing committees that the National Council, for example, rejected the Regional Councils Amendment Bill, the Local Authorities Amendment Bill, the Citizenship Bill, the Public-Private Partnership Bill and two constitutional amendment bills,” said Mensah-Williams.
She was speaking at the official opening of a monitoring and evaluation workshop for the National Council audit standing committee on Tuesday at the Seaside Hotel and Spa in Swakopmund.
Mensah-Williams encouraged National Council standing committee chairpersons to continue driving the implementation of various activities.
The National Council currently has seven standing committees on auditing; public accounts and the economy; security, constitutional and legal affairs; urban and rural development; gender, youth and information communication technology; habitat and on the women caucus.
Acting audit committee chairperson Libbeus Tobias said monitoring and evaluation is a valuable tool to support the work of the various National Council committees.
“It helps the audit committee and the National Council as an institution to understand what works, what does not work and why. It is of vital importance that progress and results are documented, lessons shared amongst us and future work methods and interventions be agreed upon that will be derived from the recommendations of the monitoring and evaluation of the work of our committees,” Tobias said.
The aim of the workshop was to evaluate progress in terms of the various committees executing their activities the first two quarters of the 2018/19 financial year.
As per the activity plan of the audit committee, this exercise is to be carried out twice during the current financial year.
“In order for the audit committee to have an appreciation of the performance of the various committees’ work, there is a need to review the achievements as well as the challenges experienced.
“As representatives of the people, we as members of the parliament and by extension the committees established to carry out functions the house cannot perform, should also account for what they do with the money allocated to them.
“This will enhance transparency, the same as we want others to be transparent and account for funds appropriated... It is taxpayers’ money and thus carries accountability with it, and furthermore must be prudently used,” Tobias said.
According to Tweya, boards have been appointed in the Oshana, Kavango East, Erongo and Khomas regions and will serve for a period of three years.
He added nominations for board members were received much earlier, but the process stalled at some point due to unforeseen circumstances. The appointments have now been finalised.
“On the 25 October 2018, the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development verified whether all nominees were still available by approaching local authorities, the shack dwellers association, the Magistrate's Commission (judiciary), the National Youth Council and the Affirmative Repositioning group.
“It is against this background that I would like to announce the appointment of the members to the rent control boards,” he said.
In February last year, AR threatened legal action against government, which had put the appointment of these boards on hold until the tabling of a new bill.
At the time, Tweya, then information minister, announced a sudden turnabout on appointing rent control boards by saying the Rents Ordinance 13 of 1977 had become obsolete and would render the work of rent boards of no force or effect.
He announced that a new bill was on the cards, which would replace the current legislation, adding it would be impractical to implement rent control boards.
Yesterday he emphasised they are currently reviewing the old law
“I want to believe that where there is a will there will also be a way; it is an old law, but up until it is replaced with a new one… we can still use that law… it is for us to allow them (the boards) to do what they have to do,” he said.
He urged Namibians to contribute to the new revised law and not only criticise.
Tweya added he wants to give the boards a chance to familiarise themselves with the ordinance and allow them to do what they must. In October this year Amupanda finally dragged Tweya to court over a 2016 agreement to establish rent control boards. AR has for the past two years repeatedly hammered on the fact that the pre-independence Rents Ordinance 13 of 1977 is still in place and government can, if it chooses, revive old-era rent boards. Tweya announced yesterday the rent control boards will be chaired by local magistrates and have a vice-chairperson and three ordinary board members.
The 1977 ordinance stipulates that these board chairs have the power to summon landlords to answer why they are charging exorbitant monthly rental fees for properties.
Tweya said the process to have the boards gazetted is currently with the legal drafters.
For Oshana region Tweya appointed Magistrate Mikka Namwya as chairperson, Werner Iita as deputy chair and Immanuel Nuuyoma, Martha Kaulwa and Lukas Matati Josua as ordinary members. The Kavango East board consists of Magistrate Hellen Panduleni Olaiya as chair, Sikongo Gideon Haihambo as her deputy and Anselm Marunga, Katrina Kamina and Kristian Shinderere as ordinary members. The Swakopmund board consists of Magistrate Conchita Olivier, Marco Swarts as her deputy, Sara-Leigh Elago, and Knowledge Iipinge and J. Nembungu.
In Walvis Bay the board chair is Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis, Muronga Haingura as her deputy and Manfred Likoro, Moses Weyulu and AR firebrand Andre Gunter Von Broen as ordinary members.
In Khomas, Magistrate Ingrid Unengu is the board chairperson, while Fillemon Hambuda is her deputy and Brown Mutrifa, Otilie Nalulu and AR activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma are the ordinary members.
The dates were announced at the official launch in Windhoek yesterday. The Expo, which continues to be the biggest tourism event in Namibia, brings together tourism stakeholders from Namibia and neighbouring countries.
The Expo, which is turning 21 years next year, will also be celebrating its last sub-theme of the five years of ecotourism and will focus on recycling.
“Namibia needs to emphasise on the approach of improving practices and standards at waste disposal sites, as well as improving overall waste management so that Namibia maintains being a sought-after tourism destination in Africa,” said Albe Botha, CEO of Namibia Media Holdings.
For 21 years, the Namibia Tourism Expo has received full support from the Namibian government through the environment ministry, the Namibia Tourism Board and the City of Windhoek.
FirstRand Namibia Group chief marketing officer Tracy Eagles reiterated FNB and WesBank's continued support to the Namibia Tourism Expo.
“The NTE is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate Namibia, its majestic natural skylines, its infinite wildlife detail, and the collaborative diversity of our people. How we rally together in the small things, provides impetus for improved economic results in the industry and in its supporting sectors, for reviving countrywide goodwill, and for encouraging local and international investment. We are looking forward to meeting new visitors and old friends, with both WesBank and FNB ready to make the 2019 NTE and Motor Show the best ever.”
Maureen Posthuma, head of marketing of the Namibia Tourism Board said: “The Namibia Tourism Expo is an exciting multi-channel platform for the Namibian tourism industry to showcase their product offering to the Namibian travellers. The Namibia Tourism Board therefore welcomes the initiative by the NMH management to dedicate an entire hall towards the promotion of domestic tourism. Domestic tourism in Namibia has a lot of growth potential and can become a major revenue earner if more Namibians travel around their own country. Tourism indeed begins at home.”
“Old Mutual's commitment as co-sponsor of the Namibia Tourism Expo the past four years is driven by our passion to advance an inclusive positive future as a responsible business not only to the environment but in everything we do,” said Kosmas Egumbo, CEO of Old Mutual Namibia.
The Namibia Tourism Expo has seen a sustained growth in the number of exhibitors and visitors since its inception. As organisers, its success is measured by the quality of the exhibitors and consequently the number of visitors that enters the showground gates each year. We are excited to have been part of the Namibia Tourism Expo for the past 21 years and we are fortunate to have been part of the growth of tourism in Namibia through the Expo, said Maggy Mbako, public relations executive at Namibia Media Holdings.
The Namibia Tourism Expo is supported by Namibia Media Holdings, First National Bank as well as Old Mutual.
Affirmative Repositioning (AR) leader Job Amupanda is now leading the charge against the loan, questioning on social media how the agreement - “terms and everything” - were reached, while suggesting Namibian citizens are being “fed lies” because the two governments have already concluded the loan agreement.
He said while Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, had devised the terms of the loan agreement, the Namibian government accepted the terms “unchanged and with no suggestion, as dictated by the Chinese”.
Amupanda, who gained access to correspondence between Zhang, finance minister Calle Schlettwein and economic planning minister and National Planning Commission director-general Obeth Kandjoze, challenged anyone in government to dispute the existence and content of the letters.
Interestingly, the exchange of the letters happened before the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting that took place on 3 and 4 September, where the Chinese government offered loans worth US$60 billion to Africa and N$10 billion to Namibia.
It now appears that details of the Chinese airport loan facility may have been worked out during a state visit by President Hage Geingob in March to the Asian country, when he took along a massive delegation that included Namibia Airports Company (NAC) bigwigs and a host of businesspeople, among others.
It also appears that far from China offering the airport loan, it was Namibia who had asked.
On 2 July, Zhang wrote to Kandjoze in response to a financing proposal the minister had written to him about on 9 May for the airport.
wZhang “assures” Kandjoze that the Chinese government “attaches great importance” to the HKIA upgrade project.
He said the Chinese government would be “willing to provide assistance” that it can “afford to this project”.
“Since HKIA is a landmark project which draws attention from top leaders of our two countries, and considering the economic benefit that might accrue to the airport itself, and the significant social impact that the upgrading may bring about, we are proposing a modality of a combination of 'grants plus loans' to be provided by the Chinese government,” Zhang said.
His proposed modality was that the Chinese government fund the project by a not more than 90% concessional loan at an interest rate of 2% annually over a 20-year period, inclusive of a five-year grace period with a 0.25% management fee and commitment fee respectively; as well as a 10% of grant, while the discount on the loan would be up to 35%.
Schlettwein wrote to Zhang on 20 August, referring to a response from Kandjoze, which had been sent on 9 July.
Schlettwein said the offer by the Chinese government was “in accord with the high-level intent to implement [the] impactful project”, and confirmed the intention of the Namibian government to “utilise the proposed funding”, and accepted wholesale the proposed terms as set out by Zhang.
He also provided a breakdown of the estimated costs as assessed by the World Bank Group for the project, which amounted to about US$215.5 million.
Schlettwein, however, proposed that the loan be granted not in US dollars but in Renminbi (RMB), which is the Chinese currency, due to Namibia's current foreign debt, which is largely dominated by US dollars.
Kandjoze's correspondence with Zhang followed shortly after Geingob went on a state visit to China from 28 March to 2 April.
Schlettwein wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Amupanda got it “wrong” with his allegations.
“Firstly, we have as yet not negotiated loans. We have received an offer under the FOCAC frame from China and indicated which infrastructure development needs Namibia prioritised. Secondly, it is the exclusive mandate of MOF [finance ministry] to negotiate loans binding the State,” Schlettwein wrote.
He continued: “[Namibia] HAS NOT signed any loan of 10 billion with China. We have agreed with China in terms of the FOCAC cooperation agreement that Namibia may access a loan facility of up to N$10 billion. We have not yet made use of it.”
Kandjoze then wrote: “I surely am deployed by the Swapo Party and government to serve our republic the best way our constitution and laws allow me to do. I solemnly stand by my confirmation that Namibia is engaged with the world's emerging power on the basis of a win-win and respectful engagement.”
At the time of going to print, Schlettwein had not responded to questions sent to him because he had travelled to Ethiopia.
As expected, the spike in fuel prices drove the increase with overall transport inflation registering 13.6%. In September, the rate was 12.9%.
Overall food inflation edged up to 3.0% compared to 2.6% in September.
The team will be eager to bounce back from a 20-47 defeat at the hands of Russia a week ago, which kicked off their end-of-year European tour.
Namibia failed to display any flair and fighting spirit against the Russians in Krasnodar.
Phil Davies men will, however, be comforted by the fact that they managed to beat Spain 34-22 in the Nations Cup in Bucharest in 2016.
The Spanish will also be oozing with confidence, given that they defeated Namibia 15-13 at the same tournament last year
The odds favour the home side, who have gotten the better of Namibia on two occasions in the last three years.
The Namibian coaching staff said in a statement this week they are ready to battle the Spanish in their own backyard.
The tour matches are serving as crucial preparations for Namibia's Japan World Cup onslaught next year.
The Namibian side will attempt to win their first-ever World Cup match at the 2019 edition of the tournament, where they will be in the same group as the Springboks and world champions New Zealand.
They will, however, have to improve their performances considerably in their next matches, in order to build momentum ahead of the global showpiece.
After the Spain match, Namibia will travel to Portugal, where they will conclude their tour against the Portuguese on 24 November.
The management team consists of eight members: Phil Davies (head coach), Irvin Newman (team manager), JP Nel (assistant coach), Dominic le Roux (player monitoring), Sam Pickford (analyst), Vernon Morkel (team doctor), Innis Erasmus (head of physiotherapy) and Sergio de la Harpe (strength and conditioning).
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Brave Warriors mentor Ricardo Mannetti implored his charges to do the unexpected when they meet Guinea-Bissau in a crucial Afcon Group K encounter in Windhoek.
Both sides are seeking a win in order to qualify for Afcon 2019.
In their first group encounter in June last year, Guinea-Bissau beat Namibia 1-0 away, but now the Warriors have set their eyes on turning the tables on the visitors.
“Guinea will come to intimidate you. Just because you are smaller than them does not mean you should not fight back. Show them that you are at home.
“Do the unexpected. If you are not good in the air, make sure you take up the challenge. If you are not good at tackling your opponent, make sure you do so,” Mannetti told the players during training yesterday.
There will not be major changes to the team that defeated Mozambique home and away in October.
Mannetti explained he has called up tried and tested players who are the core of the team, because it is an important match for the Warriors.
Deon Hotto, who is nursing a hamstring injury, trained yesterday and looked in great form.
Defender Chris Katjiukua has been roped in to replace Denzil Haoseb who is serving a one-match suspension after he was sent off against Mozambique last month.
Also, making a return to the team is Immanuel Heita, who has been absent due to injury.
Dynamic wingback Riaan Hanamub will miss the match, as his father passed away this week, while midfielder Wangu Gome will also miss the crucial tie, as he is nursing a knee injury.
“The team will play for Hanamub,” Mannetti said.
Namibia is second in the group, but level on seven points with Guinea-Bissau. Mozambique and Zambia are on four points each.
Namibia is hoping to appear for the third time at the Afcon finals, and will play their last qualifier away to Zambia in March 2019.
The home side is ranked 28th in Africa and 109th in the world, while Guinea-Bissau is ranked 30th in Africa and 119th in the world. The odds currently favour the Namibians.
The group winner will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Afcon tourney scheduled for 15 June to 13 July 2019.
The Warriors squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers - Maximillian Mbaeva, Virgil Vries and Lloyd Kazapua.
Defenders - Chris Katjiukua, Larry Horaeb, Teberius Lombard, Emilio Martin, Vitapi Ngaruka, Ananias Gebhardt and Immanuel Heita.
Midfielders - Dynamo Fredricks, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Absalom Iimbondi, Deon Hotto, Willy Stephanus and Marcel Papama.
Strikers - Hendrik Somaeb, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Benson Shilongo, Itamunua Keimuine and Peter Shalulile.
Oshikondo osha nyana omatilitho gokutetako omeya nolusheno pethimbo lyomakonaaakono, tashi popi kutya omatilitho goludhi ndoka inaga pumbwa okuningwa uuna taku kambadhalwa okwaadha omatsokumwe omolwa oongunga.
Omukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa shaKhomas, Gerard Norman Vries okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya onkalo yeliko ndjoka ya nayipala moshilongo oya guma kehe gumwe mwa kwatelwa oshikondo shelongo.
Okwa popi kutya otaya ka tula miilonga omatsokumwe nelelo lyoshilando opo ku vule okuungaungiwa nonkalo yoongunga ndhoka, ta popi kutya omatilitho gokutetako omayakulo ngoka unene pethimbo lyomakonaaakono kashi shi oshinima shi li mondjila molwaashoka otashi gumu oshilongo ashihe.
Vries oshiwike sha popi okwa popi kutya etokolo lyomatilitho gokutetako omeya nolusheno mooskola dha thika pundatu moshilando kali li mondjila pethimbo aanona yiipyakidhila nomakonaakono.
Aatseyinawa yamwe oya popi kutya iifuta yi li pombanda yomayakulo ngoka otayi vulu okuyandwa ngele oopomba dhomeya ndhoka tadhi ziya odha li hadhi pangelwa.
Omutseyinawa ngoka a tindi okutumbulwa kedhina, okwa popi kutya andola okupitila melongelo kumwe pokati kuuministeli nomalelo gooskola, ngele oopomba ndhoka dhomeya odha li hadhi pangelwa andola otaku hupitha oopresenda 30.
Okwa tsikile kutya ngele okwa tulwa miilonga omilandu dhelongitho nawa lyomeya mooskola nena oondando niifuta yomeya otayi vulu okushuna pevi.
Okwa tsikile kutya ooskola dhimwe ngaashi osekundoskola ya Augustineum Secondary School ndjoka yi na oongunga dholusheno nomeya dha thika pooiliyona 2.8, oyi na omeya taga hepa uule wethimbo ngashiingeyi.
Vries okwa koleke kutya onkalo ndjoka oya dhidhilikwa shili mooskola dhimwe po ngaashi Augustineum, ta popi kutya epangelo lyoopomba ndhoka otali kondololwa konkalo yompumbwe yiiyemo.
Okwa tsikile kutya oya tokola okukandula po omukundu ngoka, na oya gandja elombwelo kiikondo yomondjila muuministeli wiilonga opo ku vule okulongwa oopomba ndhoka. Vries okwa popi kutya otaku ka tulwa miilonga omulandu omunene gwelongululo lyomeya mooskola, okupitila mopoloyeka tayi kwatelwa komeho nokupewa ekwatho lyiiyemo koAfrica Development Bank niilonga okwa tegelelwa yi tameke momvula yo 2019 muApilili.
Omiyalu ndhoka dha gandjwa kelelo lyoshilando shaVenduka oshiwike sha piti, osha ulike kutya ooskola dhoosekundoskola dhili po 22 odhi na oongunga sha dhika poomiliyona 18.8, omanga ooskola dhopevi dhi li 38 dhi na oongunga dhi I poomiliyona 11.
Oombelewa dhooskola dhowina oshi na oongunga dhi li poomiliyona 2.5. Oskola yaAugustineum Secondary School oyo yi na oongunga dhi li pombanda dha thika poomiliyona 2.8. Academia Secondary School oku naoogunga dhoomiliyona 1.2.
Windhoek High School okuna oongunga dhoomiliyona 1.6.
Concordia okuna oomiliyona 2.
Eros Primary School oku na oomiliyona 1.1, A. Shipena Secondary School omiliyona 1 million oshowo Jan Mohr Secondary School ngoka e na omiliyona 1.3.
Oondokumende dhoka odha holola polweela oshikumungu shomukuli gwokulongulula okapale kaHosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) gwongushu yooUS$215.5 (miimaliwa yaNamibia oomiliyona 3.1).
Omuleli gwehwahwameko lyoAffirmative Repositioning (AR) Job Amupanda ngashiingeyi ota pula kutya osha ende ngiini omilandu noompango dhomukuli ngoka dhi tulwe poo omanga aakwashigwana taya lombwelwa iifundja nokudhengwa iihwa komeho molwaashoka iilongo mbyoka iyali oya manitha nale omatsokumwe noomilandu dhomukuli ngoka.
Omukalelipo gwaChina moNamibia, Zhang Yiming, okwa tula po omilandu noompango dhomukuli ngoka, nepangelo lyaNamibia olya zimine oomilandu ndhoka pwaahena omapulo nenge omagwedhelepo gasha, tashi hololwa oonkundathana dhopamishangwa pokati kaamboka yatatu.Amupanda ngoka e shi pondola okumona oonkundathana pokati ka Zhang, Schlettwein oshowo Kandjoze, okwa pula gumwe gwomaakwanepangelo a pataneke ekalepo lyoondokumende ndhoka tadhi holola etsokumwe lyomukuli ngoka, kutya olya manithwa nale noshilongo osha zimina omilandu ndhoka dha tulwa po kuChina.
Shoka tashi hokitha okuuva oshoka kutya, oonkundathana pokati kaamboka yatatu odha ningwa omanga inaku ningwa omutumba gwoForum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) ngoka gwa ningwa momasiku 3 na 4 gaSepetemba moka epangelo lyaChina lya holola okugandja omikuli dhongushu yoobiliyona dhaUS60 kuAfrika oshowo oobiliyona 10 kuNamibia. Ngaashiingeyi otashi ulike kutya uuyelele kombinga yomukuli ngoka gwaChina owa kundathanwa pethimbo lyetalelepo lyOmupresidende Hage Geingob koChina muMaalitsa gwonuumvo, sho a li a yi pamwe nosheendo shaanambelewa yoNamibia Airports Company (NAC) naanangeshefa yalwe koshilongo shoka shaAsia. Otashi ulike kutya China haye a pula okugandja omukuli kuNamibia ihe Namibia oye a pula a pewe omukuli. Momasiku 2 Juli, Zhang okwa shangele Kandjoze eyamukulo kombinga yeindilo lyomukuli ngoka minista a li a shanga meindilo ndyoka a ningi momasiku 9 gaMei.
Zhang “okwa mbilipaleke” Kandjoze kutya epangelo lyaChina otali simaneke noonkondo opoloyeka ndjoka yiilonga yokapale kaHKIA.
Okwa tsikile kutya epangelo lyaChina olya pyakudhukwa okugandja ekwatho lyomukuli sigo oompaka tali vulu kopoloyeka ndjoka.
Zhang okwa tsikile kutya omolwa esimano enene lyopaliko kombinga yopoloyeka ndjoka China okwa gandja omagwedhelepo gegandjo lyomukuli mumwe neyambidhidho kopoloyeka ndjoka.
China okwa pula opo epangelo lye li gandje omukuli gwoopresenda 90 kopoloyeka ndjoka gu na iishoshela yokomvula yoopresenda 2 muule woomvula 20, mwakutha oomvula ntano dhoshikako shesilohenda moka mu na iishoshela 0.25 yiifuta yelelo oshowo iifuta yeitulemo mopoloyeka ndjoka. Komukuli ngoka otaku gwedhwa nduno eyambidhidho lyoopresenda 10 omanga Namibia takuthilwa ko komukuli ngoka oporesenda 35.
Schlettwein okwa shangele Zhang momasiku 20 Auguste, omolwa eyammukulo lyaKandjoze, ndyoka lya shangwa momasiku 9 gaJuli.
Momukanda ngoka, Schlettwein okwa popi kutya epangelo lyaNamibia oli na ehalo okulongitha omukuli neyambidhidho ndyoka tali gandjwa kuChina, okupitila mopoloyeka ndjoka. Okwa gandja woo paufupi omiyalu kutya elongo lyokapale hoka otali ka pula ingapi, ngaashi sha tengenekwa ko World Bank Group, omuyalu ngoka gu li poomiliyona US$215.5.
Schlettwein, okwa pula opo omukuli ngoka kagu gandjwe miimaliwa yaUS ihe gu gandjwe moRenminbi (RMB), ano miimaliwa yaChina omolwa onkalo yaNamibia yomikuli dhopondje ndjoka tayi kondololwa unene kiimaliwa yaUS.
Oonkundathana dhopamishangwa pokati kaKandjoze naZhang odha landula paufupi sha landula etalelepo lyaGeingob koChina, momasiku 28 gaMaalitsa sigo 2 gaApilili.
Schlettwein okwa shanga koTwitter mEtiyali kutya Amupanda okwa mona uuyelele wa puka molwaashoka inaya kundathana natango oompango nomilandu dhomukuli ngoka, molwaashoka oya mono ompito yokuninga eindilo lyomukuli ngoka kohi yoFOCAC. Okwa popi natango kutya Namibia ina shaina omukuli gwoobiliyona 10 naChina. Okwa tsikie kutya oya tsu owala kumwe noompango nomilandu dhelongelokumwe kutya Namibia otashi vulika a ka mone omukuli gwoobiliyona 10 okuza kuChina okupitila melongelokumwe lyoFOCAC.
Kandjoze okwa shanga kutya oku na oshinakugwanithwa eshiinekelelwa kongundu yoSwapo oshowo epangelo opo a longele oshilongo muuwanawa wekotampango naashoka ta pitikwa okuninga kompango yoshilongo. Okwa popi kutya Namibia okuli moonkundathana nashimwe shomiilongo iinankondo muuyuni opo ya tule po etsokumwe tali gandja esindano koombinga adhihe mbali.
Pethimbo onkundana ndjika yanyanyangithwa, Schlettwein ina yamukula komapulo ngoka a tuminwa molwaashoka oku li molweendo koEthiopia.
Although Namibia is generally not prone to earthquakes, geologists say a significant number of events have occurred in that particular area this year, worrying the local community.
As a result, a study was done to better understand the increase of tremors in that area.
A statement from the ministry of mines and energy says three seismic stations of the Namibian Seismological Network recorded the event on Wednesday at 04:51.
Preliminary calculations show that the epicentre was located 38 kilometres beneath the surface in the Kaoko Orogenic belt, which is a tectonic structure on the northern coast of Namibia.
The location is one of the known seismic zones in the country and these events are expected to occur more frequently in the area, the statement says.
The statement notes that Namibia has low seismic activity, mostly with low-intensity events.
“However, the fact that we feel these tremors should always remind us that the crust of the earth is dynamic and evolves continuously,” it says.
Tremors and earthquakes are unpredictable, it warns.
Because of the increased frequency of tremors in the Anker area of north-western Namibia, the Geological Survey of Namibia embarked on a focused research project to understand the processes causing the increase.
A network of ten temporary seismic stations was deployed in the area for three months to locate small earthquakes in the Anker area.
The results of the study have been evaluated and the final report will be released in due course, the ministry says.
Residents say refuse removal has all but ground to a halt, while heaps of rubbish are piling up along the streets, in riverbeds and in front of government offices, business premises and homes.
Lodge owners claim that tour operators have decided to bypass Rundu because of the increasing stench at the town, robbing the town of valuable tourism income.
The acting CEO of the town council, Sikongo Haihambo, acknowledges that the rubbish is “an eyesore”, and blames the situation on the town's financial position.
The town is currently paying about N$4 million per month to NamWater, 30% of which is to service its water debt and 70% for new water consumption.
Haihambo says the council has made the town's continued water provision its priority, and other essential services have had to be downscaled because there is simply not enough money for much else.
“We had to ask ourselves, how much money can we use for other services and how much money can we take for water; water is our first priority,” Haihambo says.
He acknowledges that residents are still paying for refuse removal, but this money has to be used to pay the water bill. The town council has two trucks collecting refuse piled up along the streets, but Haimhambo says although the trucks are running non-stop this is not sufficient.
“We cannot do [refuse removal] adequately at the moment,” Haihambo admits.
“The Rundu town council is down at the moment; we should not repeat mistakes.”
Rundu's water woes started about ten years ago because of sluggish payments of its NamWater bill, which Haihambo ascribes to insufficient planning and implementation.
However, he says the council's services are also stretched to the limit because of rapid population growth.
Rundu has a population growth rate of 5.4%, which is higher than the national average growth rate of 4.2% and only second only to Windhoek.
It population has increased from 63 000 in 2011 to 85 700 in 2017 and by the end of this year it is projected to reach 90 000.
“Service provision does not match up. Maybe we could have planned better, cried for more resources, or generated more money,” says Haihambo, who took over as acting CEO on 1 September.
Only 14 400 residents have municipal accounts, and 28% of those are defaulting on their payments. The rest of the residents live in shacks in informal settlements and do not pay municipal rates and tariffs.
Road maintenance has also fallen by the wayside and even the main thoroughfares have fallen into disrepair, with gaping potholes growing bigger by the day.
Things 'on the up'
Haihambo says despite this bleak picture, things are “on the up” at the council and staff morale has improved since they were paid in September and October.
He says the council is considering ways to make do without money, for example by asking volunteers to help with clean-ups and temporary road repairs.
The local business community will be asked to sponsor skips and provide trucks to remove refuse.
“We have to do whatever we can do and we have started to do whatever we can do,” Haihambo says.
“This project wants to bring artists from various backgrounds, from the more traditional forms of creations to the more contemporary. The exhibition's aim is to provide a platform to a wider variety of Namibian artists, from all disciplines, to come into contact with each other through their art,” she said.
The artworks are due early next year for submission. The guidelines all artists must follow are:
Artists are encouraged to hand in work from any artistic medium/discipline.
Artists can submit a total of three works that are subject to a selection by a panel.
If an installation is submitted, images of the work installed should be submitted with the artwork along with instructions for installation.
All works submitted will be judged by quality, craftsmanship and creativity
Artists will submit work to the office of their respective councillors; contact information will be released closer to the collection date.
NAGN will be collecting work from the regions but artists that are able to submit in Windhoek are encouraged to do so.
Artists outside Windhoek need to make sure their work is fit to travel as NAGN will not be held liable for any damage that could occur during transportation.
A woman with a purpose, this is how Petersen, current representative for Namibia at the Mrs Globe Pageant 2018, describes herself. The previous holder of the Mrs Universal 2016 title is positive that she'll bring this crown home.
“My whole life I loved to look pretty not because I'm vain but because I value my body and myself. Since childhood I participated in beauty pageants, and while I did not always take the crown, the experiences added value to my life in so many ways,” said Petersen.
She recently held a Ladies Champagne Brunch in Walvis Bay to raise funds and to celebrate women, which is her first priority now that she's a mother of two small girls. Petersen says that unlike the popular belief that beauty pageants are a waste of time and money and only show off bodies and pretty clothes, her experiences thus far have taught her self-confidence and self-care.
As a married woman, she won her first beauty pageant as Winelands Winter Queen in 2013 and that led to an automatic entry into the Mrs South Africa competition the following year.
Petersen was thereafter the first African woman in the history of the pageant to win the title of Mrs Universal in 2016. However the lack of support from businesses and even the government forced the director of the pageant to change the venue from Namibia to the UK. What would have been a huge opportunity for Namibia to host more than 56 participants from all over the world, ended in Petersen going to London to hand over her crown.
That disappointment didn't keep her from focusing on her contractual obligations as Mrs Universe and she kept on with her charity work.
Although hesitant in the beginning, due to the criticism she received from her town in particular, and the rest of the country, she accepted the opportunity to represent Namibia - this time at Mrs Globe 2018 - which takes place in China from 20 November to 4 December.
“Even though I did not receive support from my community, I decided to keep on making a difference. My biggest passion is empowering women and winning the crown as Mrs Globe will definitely help me in my endeavours. Hopefully this time my government will be convinced about my motives and support me, just like they support a soccer star or an accomplished athlete.”
The Mrs Globe organisation aims to assist married women to pursue their dreams and live a fulfilled life. The objective is beauty, wisdom, love and success. Its ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of women and promote social harmony and world peace.
The annual Windhoek Fashion Week (WFW) saw designers and models from as far as Nigeria who came to share a few tricks, making WFW more than just a fashion show but also a platform for cultural exchange.
Another highlight of the event was how local corporates are starting to invest in the arts industry. This year saw more sponsors coming to the party including the Namibia Diamond Trading Company and Air Namibia. These are undeniably big steps that need a standing ovation and should serve as a wakeup call to others to join and grow the WFW brand.
Besides the little things like time mismanagement, the WFW brand has really improved since its inception three years ago.
The fashion talks were well-attended and some shows sold out. The week kicked off with House of Poulton by Melissa Poulton on the runway with her intriguing and colourful collection Fiesta Fashion. Maria Nepembe closed off the fashion week with her Boss collection under her label RIA and two performances by rapper KP Illest and Maszanga.
It's more than just fashion
The fashion forward trio consisting of Jay Aeron, Rumano and Reinhard Mahalie were a highlight throughout the fashion week.
From throwing a fashion soiree to killing it on the red carpet consistently, they say that fashion for Namibians should be an everyday thing. “It must be a lifestyle and it shouldn't be something done at events only. We want to make a statement that anyone, from celebrities to the person walking on the street, can look good and feel good every day. Our style is about pushing boundaries and everyone, once in a while, should push them. It's one way of getting Namibia taken seriously by the outside world,” they said.
The best runway looks
Windhoek Fashion Week literally passed by in a blur. tjil took some time to recall some designs from the week.
From walking down the aisle on your wedding day kind of looks to outfits to rock-up with at a party, here is WFW, in pictures.
They created a platform for 17 local artists to showcase their talents.
Amongst the artists was award-winning gospel musician Pride Mafukidze.
The One Worship Movement aims to see a generation of people worship God with one voice.
“Gospel artists in Namibia do not get enough exposure and that is when we saw the need to unite them and break all invisible barriers based on language differences, cultures and backgrounds, and to elevate our commonalities as a generation,” Martin Nankela, co-founder of the One Worship Movement said.
The initiative was originally co-founded by November Mangundu and Nankela. The idea was sparked by the constant need for artists to unite in their quest to expose their talent and also to worship God with one voice.
“The idea was to intentionally find a way to remove denominational barriers from the gospel music industry and to unite ministers to worship God through music,” Nankela said.
He said Namibian gospel artists do not get sufficient exposure to showcase their talents, because there are not enough platforms.
The One Worship Movement aims to create one such platform in an environment that is conducive to growth.
“We provide the artists with the platform to expose their talents. We also encourage them to develop themselves in their career,” Nankela said.
The movement doesn't have a fixed amount of artists.
“We would like to invite more artists to join us as performers, as we do not sign any artists,” Nankela said. This was the first-ever gospel festival they organised and they want to make it an annual event.
“It was challenging to put everything together and to make sure everyone is happy and satisfied, and the hard work paid off,” Nankela added.
The late Lee's daughter has revealed that the comics legend was working on one final superhero before he died: Dirt Man.
JC Lee told TMZ that she had been “trying to get Stan Lee to do a character with me my entire life”. “We have been working on a character called Dirt Man. The last little angel we've got tucked away is called Dirt Man,” she said. “I said, 'Daddy please, no clatter, no steel, no any of that. Let's get down and dirty… Let's do Dirt Man.”
An audibly choked Lee revealed nothing else about the character, but said: “It is very interesting. It's not over yet, we still have a little trickery,” and saying that she hoped it would be made into a film.
Lee died on 12 November at the age of 95, leaving the world iconic superhero characters including Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Spider-Man. His death prompted an outpouring of tributes from fans around the world.
The Polanas is a sitcom that has been airing since last month. The entire series consists of ten-minute episodes that show the humorous situations of a typical Namibian family. As the series develops, the family faces challenges and get into scraps, but they always manage to get by with some delicious Pasta Polana dishes to help them along - with the help of the Polana cookbook.
tjil (t): This is one of Namibia's first sitcoms that airs on TV and has all the episodes uploaded on YouTube too. Do you believe we need to invest in more of these?
Rodelio Lewis (RL): Yes, I do. As an industry we need more local content and allow that content when created to be exposed to the public. We should be able to switch on the TV and watch Namibian TV shows, be it on our own broadcasting networks or online platforms. There are so many powerful creatives that aren't able to grow from each project because the platforms are so limited.
t: What do you like about being part of The Polanas sitcom?
RL: While on set and even during the audition process, the team made me feel truly appreciated and they reminded me that my opinion mattered throughout the filming and production phase. We are The Polanas whether you had screen time or not, we are The Polanas and we're a family.
t: When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
RL: It's one of four things; I eat, drink an energy drink, sit with wardrobe, hair and makeup, or I sing and dance. I'm usually the distraction on set and so I'd go stand with everyone and get them to dance with me. Breaks were basically bonus bonding time.
t: What's the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
RL: Being gaga over Nessa, played by Hazel Conchata and making it believable. We've know each other for a long time and we're good friends. So whenever I walked in as Luke I had to make sure that it wasn't friendship vibes, it was attraction vibes. And personally I'm very focused on work, so to shift that and conjure up attraction was challenging for me. But working with Hazel made it so easy. She basically helped me get Luke to fall head over heels for her and Nessa. So when I'm watching those moments that they share on screen, it makes me smile because it's so genuine.
t: If you had to describe The Polanas in one sentence what would it be?
RL: The start of something amazing for everyone.
t: What type of Pasta Polana shape are you and why?
RL: Spaghetti; I'm long and slender but when I'm in a warm place I relax.
The #FLFMovement concert is to support women, children, and men, who have experienced or have been exposed to any form of domestic violence. The aim of the event is to encourage the culture of reporting violence and to stop the vicious cycle of GBV in Namibian societies.
“We are living in a society where every other day someone is a victim of GBV. I know close friends and family who have experienced GBV. I have also gone through it. I feel it is important to create a platform that builds awareness. This will also encourage survivors to feel comfortable to speak out and seek help,” said Taylor Jaye.
According to the singer, the biggest problem preventing survivors from coming forward is the fear of society judging and tearing them down.
“With the# FLFMovement, we are educating society to be more compassionate towards survivors, we are encouraging women to be strong and stand up for themselves,” she said.
The movement started in South Africa. A variety of collaborations will take place with comedians, poets, singers, and rappers joining forces to bring awareness and also promote communication in an effort to put an end to GBV in Namibia. They include DJ Alba, Top Cheri, Janice Tobias, Lize Ehlers, Lioness and many others, for a range of eclectic performances and discussions to build a path to ending GBV.
“Entertainers have a wide reach globally with their voice and on other platforms, which people listen to and follow. Generally, our fans follow what we believe in and stand for as artists. This provides us with the perfect opportunity to use these platforms to create awareness about GBV. I think it is important that entertainers use their platforms wisely and positively to speak on social matters,” said Taylor Jaye.
The event will take place next weekend at the FNCC from 16:00 to 23:00. The programme includes a GBV panel discussion 17:30 to 18:30 and a concert from 19:30 to 23:00. The event is one close to Taylor Jaye's heart and she hopes to make it an annual event for female entertainers to uplift them.
“There is always a way out. No one deserves to be mistreated by anyone. So do not to be afraid and seek help. I want to create a platform to empower the females in the creative arts, as the entertainment industry is male-dominated and women often find ourselves discriminated against in our efforts to advance our careers and businesses,” she said.
Housed in the proverbial home of exquisite wine and great food, the Stellenbosch Wine Bar, this year's eighth Annual Windhoek Wine Festival played host to various wine enthusiasts, 350 to be exact, who got the opportunity to explore new vintages being showcased by different wine merchants from the Cape and Stellenbosch wineries. A trademark annual event hosted by the Namibian Wine Merchants, the show is undoubtedly growing with more and more people showing interest in the highly exclusive event.
With tickets sold out in only two days, this year's event was bound to be rather special. Although rather cramped in parts, especially along the 'wine route' with layers upon layers of people all jostling to get their glasses filled, albeit only less than halfway, the turnout always seems to add to the 'ambience'.
The highlights? Numerous. Diermesdal Wines, which boasts one of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the region, which is bold and fruity with notes of passion fruit and citrus among others, also showcased their red varieties, of which among them was the award-winning Diemersdal Private Collection 2016, a truly exceptional wine. Ernie Els continues to showcase bold wines that remain a solid favourite, with their 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of five different Cab Savs, ensuring that Cab is indeed King. Tokara Wines' 2014 Director's Reserve and the Stellenbosch Reserve 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon seemed to be the stand-out wines, with the latter mainly because of its warm but dark fruity nature and lightness on the pocket.
The Stellenbosch Wine Bar and the Stellenbosch Tasting Room both provided a bevy of amazing canapés that were enough to form an entire meal on their own. Delectable duck-filled philo, crunchy and moist fish balls and amazing beef Carpaccio complemented the various vintages on offer for the night.
“The annual Namibia Wine Merchants wine show allows us not only an opportunity to showcase our wine portfolio's new vintages and releases, but also provides an opportunity for us to mingle with colleagues, friends and guests in a unique and exciting manner. Over and above this, it also affords all present the opportunity to meet with and exchange anecdotes with some of the premium wine producers of South Africa,” Michael Smith of the Stellenbosch Group said. *@1humblepalate is a Namibian food and drink blog and review platform showcasing the best of Namibian cuisine. Visit @1hublepalate on Instagram.
“This hall used to host rally meetings, examinations used to be written here and it used to be a centre where the youth would meet after school to stay out of trouble and off the streets. The building also has a gym facility but now it is all wasting away,” Mr Makoya said.
Matongo Family and the City of Windhoek are the main organisers of the community day. They believe the building is of significance and have called on members of the public and corporate companies to help renovate it.
“The building is 54 years old and it is part of our history. It needs to be saved for our children and their children. Our grandparents used this hall. It's part of our heritage,” Mr Makoya said.
The Matongo Family duo also caught everybody by surprise when they dropped their new album last week titled Encore with a new video featuring Maszanga. The 16-track album consists of seven new songs and other hits from their previous albums which the public has been demanding. This time around they teamed up with other producers such as Glo, Araffath and Damara Dik Ding.
They drummed up some interesting features including Tswazis, Sunny Boy, Brumeldha, Max-T and Melissa, and their latest single titled Let's Go with Maszanga.
The wait is over as Mr Makoya expressed his gratitude to the fans who have been waiting in anticipation for the album.
“The wait is definitely worth it. As you know we stay true to our style with a little bit of every spice out there Namibia has to offer to make a great Matongo album,” he said.
Remember Daihatsu? The unassuming Japanese automaker and maker of the popular Sirion and Terios? Well despite officially leaving South Africa in 2015 the brand is still going strong globally, especially in its home market of Asia.
What does this have to do with Toyota SA? Well, the two Japanese automakers entered into an "emerging market agreement" and the first model from that partnership has arrived in South Africa - the new Toyota Rush.
Globally, the Rush is, in fact, the Daihatsu Terios "returned", the previous generation of which was available in locally in 2015. The new SUV will be sold globally.
The new Rush hopes to grab its share of the SUV market with its aggressive pricing, stylish design and practicality.
In SA however, the new Rush SUV, sourced from Indonesia, has more in common with its Avanza sibling and with which it shares a platform and its 1.5-litre petrol engine
A single petrol engine variant is available though can be ordered in either manual or auto guise. And the price? The manual is priced at R299 900 while the four-speed auto model retails for R313 500.
Power is provided by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with outputs of 77kW/136Nm. The engine can be mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed auto, driving power to the rear wheels.
Fuel consumption is rated at 6.6 litres/100km for the manual variant while the auto version has a claimed 6.7l/100km with CO2 figures of 156g/km and 158 g/km respectively.
The engine is sprightly largely due to the transmission’s short ratios which poses its own problems on the road; the manual gearbox is in dire need of a 6th gear, as you’ll soon hit peak rpms, doing little to promote fuel consumption and reducing engine noise.
The Rush is designed to handle the rigours of city life and feels rather nippy, with a composed ride and capable suspension. It’s surprisingly good off the beaten track too, capable of tackling on gravel roads with its 220mm ride height but it is by no means an off-roader. There’s loads of feedback from its electric steering, making parking a breeze despite its dimensions.
Ride quality was fair even traversing the rutted sections of the Ado Elephant park near Port Elizabeth.
Overall, it’s a pleasant enough vehicle at moderate speeds and will see its occupants arrive at their destination in relative comfort.
The design of the Rush borrows heavily from its Fortuner sibling, with its large horizontal grille slats, LED headlights and a body-colour spoiler. Inside, it borrows elements from the Fortuner and current Avanza. The centre stack carries a six-speaker audio system compatible with Bluetooth, Android Auto Plus Show and Apple CarPlay, controlled via an 18cm infotainment touchscreen, auto aircon, a USB port a 12V socket.
It's fitted with rear-parking sensors, a rear camera, satnav, hill hold, stability control and six airbags are standard. Compared to the larger Fortuner, the plastic bits are coloured in black (as opossed to beige) and the upholstery is black fabric.
The Rush is well packaged, offering loads of head- and legroom for all passengers and a family-pleasing huge cargo bay; boot space is rated at a stupendous 609-litres (in Indonesia it boasts a third-row of seats) and the SUV seats 5.
A big gripe is a lack of a parcel shelf, essential in South Africa for keeping the contents of your boot hidden. The SUV also lacks privacy glass. The fit and finish of the cabin is adequate for its price point even with faux-stitching along the dashboard and door panels.
What about the Avanza?
The Rush measures 4.4m long, 1.6m wide, 1.7m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.6m and a ride height of 220mm. Interestingly, it has a maximum wading depth of 600mm.
The Rush is larger than the Avanza; It is 35mm wider, 10mm taller, 295mm longer and has 30mm longer wheelbase.
Toyota has set its sights on dominating the compact SUV market with the addition of a second Avanza-based vehicle into the segment. The target market? South African motorists seeking a family-friendly 5-seater in need of more boot space than car seats.
The boot is by far one of the biggest you’ll encounter in its segemnt. Should you require more space than its voluminous confines can offer, the seat can be folded down. I wish it came with a sixth gear as the noise level while cruising at highway speeds is very high. A minor gripe is that those seeking an extra row of seats are unable to do so.
Overall, with a price-tag below the psychological R300 000 mark, it’s a well-specced and capable family SUV that should give direct rivals (read: Honda BR-V) and more expensive crossovers a run for their money – Toyota predicts 200 units a month. – Wheels24
We must learn to accept that when something is right, whether we like it or not, it is right. And when it is something that will benefit the majority, let us not try to break it down.
It's not a secret that we use social media for different reasons. Some want to gain fame whilst others like looking at people's pictures. Many simply want to reconnect with old friends and at the same time make new ones. This is where the trick comes in because we are raised differently, and our personalities are, of course, not the same.
Do not be influenced to suddenly want to do things differently because you see certain people doing it online. Don't lose yourself to social media. It's okay not to fit in. I have seen how this leads to people doing nasty things to please a following, or get attention.
Stick to what you know. Remember that doing something the way certain people do it online doesn't make it right. Again I say, always think before you act.
Of royalties being paid out now, over 1 874 members will receive between N$6.40 to N$400 while about 500 members will receive between N$500 to N$15 000.
“The highest paid member for the year will get N$32 000 and the lowest N$6.40. Artists get N$6.40 for each song that receives airplay. If the members form a band, the N$6.40 will be split between the members by us and each member will get their share deposited in their account. If the song has a different producer, composer or author, the same N$6.40 will be shared amongst the same people,” said Max.
Namscam urges all their members to update their banking details at their offices as some transactions are bouncing which results in money not being paid into member accounts.
“For every bounce, we are indebted with charges and we want to avoid this. Please ensure that all your details are verified with us and are correct. Nascam will be making payments until the first week of December and should any members not update their information with us by then, they will receive their royalties next year,” said Max.
He cautioned public users to stop pirating music as it is a violation of copyright and there will be consequences. He further said that should artists find their pirated work being used, they can confiscate the material and take it to the nearest police station or they should call the police.
“We need to work together so we avoid terrible incidents should an artist get frustrated and cause injury to someone who pirated their music.
“These artists spend time and money in studios to produce quality work and it is unfair for someone to take bread out of their mouth just like that,” said Max.
Uber Technologies Inc said on Wednesday that growth in bookings for its ride-hailing and delivery services rose 6% in the latest quarter, the third quarter in a row that growth has remained in the single digits after double-digit growth for all of last year.
The San Francisco-based firm lost US$1.07 billion for the three months ending Sept. 30, a 20% increase from the previous quarter but down 27% from a year ago, when the company posted its biggest publicly reported quarterly loss on the heels of the departure of Uber co-founder and former chief executive Travis Kalanick.
Uber is seeking to expand in freight hauling, food delivery and electric bikes and scooters as growth in its now decade-old ride-hailing business dwindles. The company, valued at US$76 billion, faces pressure to show it can still grow enough to become profitable and satisfy investors in an initial public offering planned for some time next year.
Broader economic conditions and sustained losses could push Uber to merge with rivals in India and the Middle East, particularly as Uber and India-based Ola share an investor in SoftBank Group Corp.
Revenue for the quarter was US$2.95 billion, a 5% boost from the previous quarter and up 38% from a year ago. That trailed the second-quarter year-over-year revenue increase of 63%.
Uber is considering moving its public debut up from the second half of 2019 to the first half, given concerns about a market downturn and an expected IPO from its chief US rival, Lyft Inc, according to sources familiar with the matter. – Nampa/Reuters
Levi Strauss planning to go public
Levi Strauss & Co, the 145-year-old company that made the first pair of blue jeans, is planning an initial public offering, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The company, which plans to raise about US$600 million to US$800 million, is likely to go public in the first quarter of 2019, sources told CNBC.
The maker of Levi's jeans is aiming to debut with a valuation of about US$5 billion, the report said. Levi Strauss said it does not comment on marketplace rumours or speculation.
This could be the company's return to the public markets, nearly five decades after going private.
The company first went public in 1971, but descendants of Levi Strauss, the creator of the blue jeans, took the company private shortly after. – Nampa/Reuters
KPMG suspended from new auditing work in Oman
Oman's securities regulator said on Wednesday it has suspended audit firm KPMG from doing new work for a year after finding major financial and accounting irregularities at some listed companies.
The Capital Market Authority (CMA) took corrective steps at those companies to protect investors, it said in a statement without naming the firms or giving other details.
It is another setback for KPMG, which is under scrutiny after losing clients in South Africa following its role in a high-profile corruption scandal there and has faced investigations in Britain over its auditing of some clients.
In Oman, KPMG is banned for one year from doing new auditing work for companies regulated by the CMA, including listed companies, securities firms and insurers.
The penalty does not affect projects where KPMG has already been appointed, and KPMG has a right to appeal against the penalty before an independent authority, the CMA said. – Nampa/Reuters
Aston Martin's profits rise as sales double
Aston Martin posted a 900% increase in third-quarter profit before tax to 3.1 million pounds (US$4 million) as the newly listed carmaker continues a growth plan which saw its volumes double in the period.
The luxury brand, which last month became the first British carmaker in decades to float on the London Stock Exchange, said it expected full-year sales to come in at the top end of expectations at up to 6 400 vehicles.
Total volumes rose 99% to 1 776 vehicles, helped by a 185% increase in the Americas and a 133% increase in Asia Pacific. – Nampa/Reuters
Tencent profit beats on investment gain
Tencent beat third-quarter profit forecasts on Wednesday but gave no update on a regulatory block in China, the world's largest gaming market, that has damaged its core business.
China has imposed tougher rules on the gaming industry, including a halt to new game approvals as part of a regulatory overhaul and calls to tackle addiction among young people.
Tencent, China's biggest gaming and social media group, said profit in the July-September quarter rose by 30% to 23.3 billion yuan, beating an average analyst estimate of 19.32 billion yuan, thanks largely to investment gains.
Although Tencent's revenue rose by 24% to 80.6 billion yuan (US$11.6 billion), this represented its slowest quarterly growth in more than three years.
Analysts said Tencent's mobile gaming growth was better than expected, but the fact that its president Martin Lau had no news on China's gaming regulation raised margin pressure concerns. – Nampa/Reuters
Olivia officially started her career in 2010. Without a sewing machine, she insisted on designing a few outfits for her friend and using someone else's sewing machine. During these days she managed to get a full-time job but she hated it, and later quit.
“I asked my father to buy me a sewing machine because I really hated that job and I was sort of getting an idea of what I wanted to do - make clothing. He agreed on condition that I pay him every cent he used and that's how I officially started off my career,” she said.
Olivia who was based in Otjiwarongo decided to move to Windhoek as her brand was growing slowly. She packed her bags last year and risked it all in the name of fashion and believing in her abilities. According to her it is because being a fashion designer means so much to her and seeing her clients happy wearing the clothes she made is worth more than living comfortably.
“I had clients in Windhoek and making garments for them would take time, as the outfits would need to be delivered. It made the whole process long. Making someone feel and look good matters. My brand is for people who want to look great and they can do it at a very affordable price. Many people spend so much on the outfit that they don't even enjoy wearing it because of all the money spent,” she said.
Olivia Fashions has made its name and is well-known for pulling off literally anything with African print material. This includes dresses mixed with softer fabrics for matric farewells to something to look great in at a meeting. With the just-ended third edition of the Windhoek Fashion Week, Olivia says the rate at which the fashion and design industry is growing is worth applauding.
The designer says she was not ready to take part in fashion week but she looks forward to soon. To date, she has dressed personalities such as radio presenter Raiza Kweyo, singer Tunakie and all-rounder Uejaa Kazondunge.
“Back in the day, clients only came to designers if they had a function to attend like a wedding. Today people come to us just because they want to look good at work. This shows that we are getting somewhere. Designers and models are one and the same and both are having such a great platform and more opportunities too, and it is worth recognising and praising,” she said.
Nothing great comes easy and Olivia says that up-and-coming models need to grow a thick skin for survival in the industry. She recalls wanting to give up as she was unable to sustain her expenses and had to live with her friend as she could not pay her rent.
“If I have to be honest, design is about passion. I never studied fashion and nobody taught me anything, I taught myself. School will help, yes, but with the economic situation in the country I would not advise anyone to study fashion. Rather study something that will sustain you and while you do that, you design on the side. It is really hard,” she said.
In 2019, she will be challenging herself and will start making bridal garments and also menswear, including blazers. She also said she is looking to working on collaboration designs should the opportunity present itself.
“Men really struggle to get African-themed blazers and this is a market I am aware of. I will start off there and see how far I can go. It will be very Namibian too, meaning traditional styles like Odelela infused with a western style,” she said.
Olivia Fashions is currently working on a collection for a beauty pageant fashion show, Beauty with Brains, which will take place in December.
This was a significant step, as it shows that Namibian companies are becoming regional and continental players in pan-African markets.
Green Enterprise Solutions is a Namibian company that provides information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for the Namibian market, as well as internationally across Africa.
The AfricaCom conference is the perfect event to be present at, and with a nine-member team, Green Enterprise Solutions certainly made an impact.
The conference allowed the ICT solutions company the opportunity to engage, as well as demonstrate and present its offerings and past successes.
Engaging and meeting with present and potential clients from across Africa allows the Namibian company to develop its markets on the continent.
Business and markets are no longer constricted or restricted by physical borders and companies with the right offerings can grow their footprint internationally.
There’s great growth in the African ICT space, as companies, governments and populations embrace technology and innovation. Green Enterprise Solutions is perfectly positioned at the forefront of this digital revolution and the conference was the perfect space to showcase this, which was the reason why they exhibited at the event, which ended on Wednesday. It gave the company the opportunity forge new partnerships and alliances and create new opportunities that will drive the ICT agenda and innovation forward.
Kehad Snydewel, managing director of Green Enterprise Solutions, said: “Previously our presence at AfricaCom was a great success and this year once again. Sharing ideas and best practises during interactive sessions at the conference gave us an excellent opportunity to show how advanced we are as Green.
“Being present at a forum like this and partnering up internationally allows us to innovate and compete on a global scale. Green is right at the forefront of this drive to compete internationally, and AfricaCom provides the perfect setting.”
Francois is the man behind Snakes of Namibia and has been removing snakes from urban areas in Windhoek since 2012. In 2015 a partnership was formed with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) to better understand the conflict between snakes and humans in Namibia.
Part of this research project involved obtaining a research permit to guide protocol for the capturing and relocation of snakes in Namibia, as well as determining the root cause of human-snake conflict.
According to data collected between August 2015 and August 2018, 500 snakes of 23 different species were removed from homes, gardens and industrial sites in Windhoek.
“Snakes don’t chase people and normally don’t move in pairs,” Francois explains.
“If a snake is killed, his mate won’t come looking for him. Snake ‘repellents’ like Jeyes Fluid and garlic and geraniums will not keep them away!”
It is also “highly unlikely” that a person will die within seconds or minutes after a snake bite.
“Antivenom is the only medium and way to successfully treat a poisonous snake bite. To cut or suck a snake bite won’t help,” he warns.
With “snake season” in full swing, Francois advises to steer clear of building rubble.
“Things like rock gardens, compost heaps and bird cages serve as food sources and hideouts, and should therefore be avoided if possible.”
Also steer clear of using dense bushes and creepers around the house – especially against walls and close to open windows.
Keep any grass around the house short and areas under low-hanging bushes and shrubs clean to eliminate suitable hiding places for snakes.”
If you’re living on a plot or farm, Francois warns against keeping small livestock, especially chickens, close to home.
As many snakes are active after sundown, rather wear closed shoes and take a torch with on your walkabout after dark.
“Look where you’re going and make sure you’re walking on rocks and logs, rather than around it. “Picking up wood for your braai at sundown or at night is never a good idea!”
Don’t get your hands into places, holes and hideouts where a snake may have found a home.
Even the tiniest scratch of a dead snake’s tooth can still inject venom.
“Some snakes, like the Anchieta’s cobra, play dead when they feel threatened, and will bite the moment it gets the chance.”
Francois warns never to try and catch or kill a snake.
“You will without a doubt get bitten if you try!”
If you love the outdoors, rather wear a jean made of thick material, as well as hiking boots covering your ankles. Protect your eyes against spitting cobras by wearing sunglasses. (Facebook: Snakes of Namibia; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com)
An estimated 50,000 people are killed every year by snakes. The most venomous snake in the world is the Inland Taipan.. It can kill a human being in under 45 minutes. More than 80% of those bitten by the Inland Taipan die.
According to the environment ministry's deputy permanent secretary, Seimy Christoph-Shidute, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) had requested the ministry to approve the transfer.
NWR is still the legal owner of the hot-springs resort. It signed a 12-year lease agreement with the Rehoboth Community Trust in 2014, but since then the facility has deteriorated.
At the time the Trust promised that renovations would start in November that year and that the facility would be opened to the public by May 2015. Nothing has materialised, though, and the resort continues to deteriorate.
Plans to renovate the facility have been postponed time and again while the Rehoboth Community Trust has been looking for investors. Yesterday the trust's chairperson, Ronald Kubas, said he knew nothing of the latest developments.
“I have noticed in the papers. Unfortunately I don't have any detailed comment at this stage as I have not received any official correspondence in this regard from NWR, nor any official notice to either transfer or [terminate] the current lease agreement to a third party,” said Kubas.
He added that numerous requests to extend the lease period to a minimum of 30 years had fallen on deaf ears. According to him, a longer lease is needed to make the project viable, considering the extent of renovations required.
“Large-scale financial investments in the project will be [at] substantial risk without proper arrangements on security of tenure or ability to register notarial bonds,” he said.
Nathalia /Goagoses, the ministerial representative in the Rehoboth town council, instructed her staff last week to begin cleaning and renovating the resort.
At a community meeting on Sunday she informed residents that she was only waiting for the paperwork to be finalised to have the Reho Spa handed over to the council.
She was scheduled to meet with potential investors this week with the aim of getting the resort up and running by December.
The official opposition said this commission should be similar to South Africa's Zondo commission, which is holding public hearings into the alleged capture of the neighbouring state by the Gupta/Jacob Zuma looting machine.
PDM treasurer and parliamentarian Nico Smit said the Namibian government is “clearly rotten at its core” and challenged Geingob to sooth the nation's fears by appointing a state capture commission of inquiry.
South Africa's Zondo commission is a judicial body with the power to subpoena witnesses and those implicated in state capture in the neighbouring state. It is chaired by that country's Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo, who has already heard shocking evidence of how the Gupta/Zuma axis allegedly stole billions from state-owned enterprises, while running a shadow state, which usurped the ANC and government's power.
The Zondo commission's mandate is to inquire, investigate and make recommendations regarding any and all allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector. According to Smit, there is no point in asking the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) or Ombudsman John Walters to investigate Namibian state capture, because over the years it has become clear that both have neither the will nor the inclination or funds to pursue people in high places accused of ruining the country.
“The president has promised to eradicate corruption, but this is clearly a joke as these secret companies are obviously a breeding ground for this very corruption, which is why they are kept so secret. This is happening with the president's knowledge and obviously his support.”
Smit asserts it is impossible not to suspect that those in control of government, such as some ministers, might be part of the major theft of state assets, and this is reason why nothing is ever done to rein in the “blatant money-making schemes for which most state-owned-enterprises are being used”.
The PDM is particularly concerned about mines minister Tom Alweendo's admission recently that he did not know Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) was a government entity.
Namdia has hit the headlines repeatedly over hefty sitting fees being paid out to board members.
“How much more evidence do Namibians need that the company was started in great secrecy to hide its nefarious theft from taxpayers?” Smit asked.
According to him, a clear pattern seems to be emerging of government hijacking the private sector via these burgeoning companies that are started with taxpayers' money to compete with private sector businesses.
“It looks suspiciously as if the government is trying to deliberately collapse the economy in order to realise the pre-independence dream of creating a socialist state in Namibia. Perhaps this is why Swapo insists on keeping the old guard in government to support this plan.”
Nedbank will assist with the financial structuring of the project and the raising of both quasi-equity and debt capital for the N$2.7 billion initiative.
The two shareholders of Noric Otavi are Namibian company Otavi Rebar Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd (ORM) and Swiss-based company NORIC Swiss GmbH (NORIC).
NORIC will also be the engineering, procurement and construction contractor, as well as the plant operator, and take full responsibility for the planning, design, provision of technology, construction and operation of the plant.
Namibian contractors will be appointed sub-contractors for the construction that can be done locally, according to Neethling and Adriaan Grobler, director of Lithon Project Consultants, who are consultants on the project.
The project entails the development of a 300 000-ton per annum long product mini-mill steel manufacturing plant, where scrap steel is used as primary input and basic steel products (rebar and steel sections) are produced for the construction industry.
It involves receiving scrap and sorting it. It is then fed into an electrical arc furnace that melts the scrap, from which billets are casted and fed to a rolling mill that produces the different steel profiles and products. The target markets are Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
The socio-economic impact of the project on Otavi will be significant, according the town’s mayor Martha Shipanga. It will create 350 permanent jobs, and with an eventual annual estimated revenue of N$2 billion, it will further stimulate other economic activities and development.
The population of Otavi will most likely double over the next two years when the construction is completed and operations begin. The Otavi town council has already made provision for additional industrial plots for supporting industries, as well as 1 500 new residential and other plots next to the new industrial area.
Shipanga said the town council has provided 77 hectares of land, through a public-private partnership for the project, and is also a shareholder. The project will substantially increase the town council’s revenue stream from the dividends, which will be used to develop Otavi even further.
Plans by South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation have unnerved investors, a senior World Bank group executive said on Wednesday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's party has made the acceleration of land redistribution a key issue ahead of 2019 elections, while pledging to carry out land reform in a way that does not threaten food security.
"If you create uncertainty of some aspects of your environment, and land tenure is one of them, that is one aspect that investors will be looking at," Sérgio Pimenta, the vice president for the Middle East and Africa at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private investment arm, told Reuters.
"What investors are looking for is certainty," he said on the sidelines of a meeting between the World Bank and member countries in Zambia.
"The land issue is a complex issue," he said. "Whatever the solution the government is looking at, creating an environment that is reliable, that is certain, is important."– Nampa/Reuters
Nigeria’s probe into NNPC deepens
A probe by the Nigerian Senate into whether state oil firm NNPC improperly withdrew money has expanded with the amount under investigation doubling to over US$2.2 billion, a committee said on Wednesday.
The Senate last week voted to probe withdrawals of US$1.05 billion by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), from NLNG, a venture owned by the state oil firm and foreign energy companies, without approval.
The committee led by senator Bassey Akpan, chairman of the senate committee on gas, said it had found more withdrawals in excess of what it set out to investigate.
Akpan asked NNPC and central bank officials to provide documents to back up the withdrawals, carried out at various periods between 2016 to 2018.
NNPC officials said documents were being assembled ahead of next hearing due on Nov 22 and declined to comment further. – Nampa/Reuters
The anthrax outbreak in the Kunene and Kavango-East regions has killed 98 head of livestock in the Sesfontein area and 23 buffalo in the Bwabwata National Park.
The agriculture, water and forestry ministry announced on 7 November that the disease had been detected in the Sesfontein area of the Kunene Region and the Bwabwata National Park in the Kavango East Region at the beginning of the month.
A total of 92 sheep and goats, three cattle and three donkeys died from anthrax in the Sesfontein area.
In the Bwabwata National Park, 23 buffalo have died but so far no suspected cases of human or livestock infection have been reported there.
The health ministry has provided post-exposure prophylaxis to 44 people exposed to anthrax-infected meat at Omiriu and Okamba yOzonogombo in the Sesfontein area.
Spores of the bacterium that causes anthrax are commonly found in soil and the disease can affect domestic and wild animals which ingest spores from contaminated soil, plants or water. People can catch the disease through contact with anthrax-infected animals or animal products. Anthrax is not generally transmissible from person to person. Anthrax in humans can take three forms and symptoms usually develop within seven days after exposure to the bacteria. The health and agricultural ministries are cooperating to address the outbreak and a number of actions have been taken, including a restriction on animal movements from, within and into the affected areas of Sesfontein and the Bwabwata National Park. Veterinary staff have been deployed to establish the extent of the outbreaks and susceptible cattle, sheep and goats in and around the affected areas have been vaccinated.
Joint awareness campaigns are under way and the Sesfontein health centre and Opuwo district hospital are submitting daily reports on any suspected human cases in the area.
Regional and district health emergency committees have been activated and a technical team, including epidemiologists from the Namibian field epidemiology and laboratory training programme, has been dispatched. The ministries are urging communities in the affected areas not to touch any animal that dies of natural causes, unless they wear protective clothing. All animal deaths should be immediately reported to the nearest state veterinarian. Farmers elsewhere are advised to vaccinate their livestock against anthrax annually.
The agriculture, health and safety and security ministries, together with regional, local and traditional authorities and local farmers, are working together to safely dispose of anthrax-infected carcasses and decontaminate the places where carcasses are discovered. Signs and symptoms of cutaneous anthrax include a raised, itchy bump resembling an insect bite that develops into a painless sore with a black centre, swelling in the sore and nearby lymph glands. Gastrointestinal anthrax signs and symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, loss of appetite, fever, severe, bloody diarrhoea in the later stage, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and a swollen neck. Pulmonary anthrax develops when a person breathes in anthrax spores. It's the deadliest way to contract the disease, and even with treatment, is often fatal. Symptoms include flu-like symptoms, including sore throat, mild fever, fatigue and muscle aches, mild chest discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, coughing up blood and painful swallowing. As the disease progresses, patients may develop a high fever, shock and meningitis.
He added there was also nothing wrong with local companies entering into joint ventures with Chinese firms, and that the Chinese cannot take the infrastructure built back to China.
Tweya made these remarks at the inauguration of the state-of-the-art Nored office in Rundu yesterday.
Tweya said the N$31 million facility was constructed through a joint venture between Kempton Investments and Chinese state-owned firm Qingdao Construction Namibia. He also made reference to a conversation he had with a friend regarding a certain airport in Zambia, which was allegedly taken over by the Chinese.
Tweya said he reminded his friend, firstly, that there is no such state-of-the-art airport in Zambia, and secondly, that the Chinese would not take the airport with them back to China. Tweya said in the Namibian context, people criticise Namibia/China deals, but the infrastructure will remain the property of Namibia. “Will this building be taken by the Chinese company to China? No, it is ours… these people have finished their job and they can return to China. We paid for it,” Tweya said. “I am saying this because I am on a crusade; as you have learnt from the media I am more out than inside the country. I go and invite investors for exactly what we are witnessing today, because those that were here neglected their duty.” Tweya's sentiments follow the leaking of documents which purportedly indicate how Namibia accepted lock, stock and barrel Chinese conditions for a N$3.1 billion Hosea Kutako International airport upgrading loan and grant package.
In July, Schlettwein rubbished claims that Chinese interests had captured the Namibian government.
Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, however, says the law will be enforced and no one will be favoured. Speaking at a consultative meeting yesterday, NCCI Ongwediva branch chairperson Veiko Haimbodi said before the ministry started enforcing the environmental law, sand mining was a good business, but now businesspeople are on the verge of losing their property obtained through bank loans. He said the sand-mining industry created job opportunities for many people, but now these people are jobless. “As the business community we are urging the government to reconsider its decision to implement the Environmental Management Act. Let the traditional authorities continue managing the land and we can continue mining sand as usual, while the government is reviewing this law,” Haimbodi said. “This law needs to be well scrutinised because it is not in favour of the business community. The ministry failed to conduct proper consultations with the affected parties before enforcing this law.” Haimbodi acknowledged sand mining pits need to be properly controlled. “We have lost many people in these pits and I am therefore requesting for them to be fenced off,” he said. Sand miner Reverend Ndalius Kamanya opened the consultative meeting with a prayer. He said he started mining sand in 1992 and he is not happy that they are being labelled “illegal sand miners”. The Environmental Management Act states that a person cannot undertake sand mining without obtaining an environmental clearance certificate (ECC). NCCI northern branch chairperson Tomas Koneka Iindji said he is dismayed about the extent to which illegal sand mining has skyrocketed. He was therefore delighted that the ministry had taken a bold step to address what he called an “environmental cancer”. “In all honesty and good faith, the management of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry's northern region is doing all it can to respond to the calls by various stakeholders regarding sand-mining operations,” Indji said. “The NCCI would like to request the authorities, the businesspeople, the traditional authorities and other critical stakeholders to strike a constructive balance on this issue, with a win-win situation, which both acknowledges the need for service delivery in the construction sector and the uncompromising necessity to preserve the environment.” Shifeta refuted claims that the ministry had failed to conduct public education before it enforced the Environmental Management Act. “This law was introduced in 2007 and when I came to this ministry I found it already in place. The regulation was put in place in 2012 and we have been conducting public consultations. We cannot allow sand-mining activities to carry on because it is not safe for us all,” Shifeta said. “When the law was enforced it had some criminal sanctions for the offender or those who fail to properly enforce it, just like any other law. Let us not hide behind talk that we are not aware.”
WAG deals in an extensive range of automotive parts that are distributed via its Goldwagen outlets. Initially they distributed Volkswagen and Audi parts only, but an opportunity quickly presented itself to rapidly broaden their value proposition to include Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mini, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Opel and various other suitable vehicle brands.
Goldwagen is an affordable alternative for good quality mechanical and panel parts, and retails to mechanical workshops, wholesale outlets, do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts, retailers, body repair shops and directly to the public. Goldwagen’s attributes include delivering exceptional service, fast turnaround times and quality products.
Ekkerd van Wyk, managing director of Pupkewitz Motors, said with enthusiasm they intend to create optimum exposure for the Goldwagen franchise, which will extend its footprint to Namibia.
He said Pupkewitz has always been striving towards participating in the aftermarket part sales industry in Namibia, due to the high demand, and with Goldwagen being one of the best-rated franchises on the African continent, it was the ideal place to start.
He said the Pupkewitz Group management will support all Goldwagen’s operations in Namibia and decision-making will rely on local expertise for accuracy and timeliness, in order to meet customer demands.
Pupkewitz Goldwagen will supply excellent quality affordable parts to an array of vehicles brands, along with an affordable service package for vehicles that are no longer on a service plan. Hence, it will support all vehicle owners with more affordable parts and contribute to job creation, which are at the core of this investment decision.
Pupkewitz Goldwagen will create a comprehensive footprint in the motor industry in Namibia, supported by customer satisfaction and the service excellence legacy that the Pupkewitz Group embodies.
The main priority behind this acquisition is contributing to the affordability of quality automotive parts for Namibians.
With this new acquisition also comes new career opportunities for vehicle enthusiasts to explore. This is a great opportunity and an open invitation to join one of the leading automotive groups and develop your career conjointly with the Goldwagen footprint in Namibia.
“We are very excited to announce that Pupkewitz Motors will be opening the first-of-its-kind Goldwagen branch in Windhoek Namibia in February 2019. With this new venture Pupkewitz Motors continues to contribute positively… by creating new job opportunities for Namibians. As recently achieved by the Pupkewitz Group of companies, this is a golden opportunity to join the best company to work for 2018/19 at Pupkewitz Goldwagen,” Van Wyk added.
Despite being born into an underprivileged family Mike Tanaka, the owner of Tura Alarm-Tech Namibia cc, has made it against all odds.
He said the highest and most acknowledged profession in his whole family while growing was that of his uncle, who was the village mechanic and owned an old Vauxhull sedan.
“Career guidance and inspirational ideas were things we ever dreamed of. It happened that in the early stages of my primary school, I started developing a great interest in electrical and electronic systems that in some instances could challenge me, like repairing broken wireless radios,” Tanaka said.
He then developed the desire to be an engineer while growing up.
He remembers calling himself a freight engineer. Tanaka said ultimately the dream of becoming an engineer was crushed after he received his grade grade 10 results.
“I failed mathematics and English and that disqualified me from obtaining a bursary to further my studies in grade 12,” he says.
He moved to an urban area where his father advised him to look for work as a land technician (commonly known as a garden boy), but he showed no interest in that.
“I compiled all my certificates and submitted them all in an effort to try my luck. To my surprise, I was confirmed to start my studies towards my degree in digital communication technology,” he said.
Tanaka graduated and is currently undertaking his laws in information technology and telecommunications masters’ degree studies.
He is currently running an SME that specialises in ‘security electronics’, including the installation of alarm systems, electric fences, CCTV surveillance systems, gate motor installations, intercoms and access control systems, among others, under the name Tura Alarm-Tech Namibia cc.
He says using Tura in the name was to prove those naysayers wrong, who think that nothing great can come out of Katutura.
Weathermen & Co always finds new ways to stay relevant in the industry, by welcoming new faces to their company.
Marchand Ebersohn, the creative director at Weathermen & Co, is the new not so new kid on the block. Ebersohn grew up on farm in the Free State between Sasolburg and Parys in South Africa. He was homeschooled for a few years which created unforgettable childhood memories.
“I had a love for art and music since a young age and took art very seriously, which opened the doors for me at AAA School of Advertising in Johannesburg,” he says.
He says ever since he pursued a career in advertising, the hours have always been long and strenuous, but nevertheless very fruitful.
“The AAA School of Advertising laid the foundation for working hard and it allowed me to learn endurance and to trust myself. I interned at advertising agencies during the holidays to get ahead of the rest of the class. This eventually got me a foot in the door to enter the world of advertising.
“I was blessed to win a couple of awards during my time at AAA and that’s when my career took off. I became a sponge, working my fingers to the bone to get the experience, moving from one agency to the next and learning from the best,” Ebersohn said.
Learning every day
Ebersohn said there is no easy way to explain a typical day at the office and he would have to write a book to help us fully understand.
“Every day is a learning experience in the office and this makes every day different than the last.
“To put it in simpler terms: we solve problems. No day is typical in our industry. Not one day is the same. Whatever you expected is more a philosophy and a dream. Sometimes a dream comes true, sometimes it’s a nightmare… but that’s why I love it,” he said.
Trials and triumphs
One of that challenges that served as a stone in the path of his career was moving from an ‘above-the-line’ to a digital agency.
“The biggest challenge in my career was to move from above-the-line to a digital agency. It was quite humbling, yet refreshing to be the dumbest person in the room.”
Above-the-line (ATL) advertising is traditional media as we know it, including print, television and radio advertising.
Digital advertising includes everything that lives on our screens.
Ebersohn said he and his colleagues function as a team.
His greatest triumph is still brewing at his new home, Weathermen & Co.
Ebersohn loves cats of all kinds, shapes and sizes, and says he finds inspiration in everything.
“From the paint texture on my bedroom rooftop when I open my eyes, to the mesmerising global digital world.”
In the next few years, Ebersohn wants to build the best creative agency on the African continent and solve problems from a consumer perspective, as well as for their clients. “In essence, to create work that solves problems, turning this screwed-up world into a better place,” he says.
He further looks forward seeing the agency grow and become an internationally recognised brand.
With the ruling party facing the possibility of going into the 2019 general elections deeply divided, Swapo president Hage Geingob and secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa have made calls recently for unity, seemingly fearing a polls backlash in the coming year. However, 2017 Swapo elective congress presidential candidate Nahas Angula has laid the blame for disunity at Geingob’s feet.
“In my view if you are the head of the family you have the responsibility to put the family together,” Angula said yesterday. “The president is the head of the party. It is his responsibility to put the party together. Nobody else would do that for him, the secretary-general is just an administrator, she can appeal, she can shout, nothing will happen.”
His comments follow those of Geingob recently and Shaningwa this week that the Team Swapo and Team Harambee factions around which last year’s congress battle coalesced, are still alive in the party, posing a significant risk as the 2019 general elections approach.
Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Ephraim Nekongo also conceded that divisions within Swapo were continuing unabated. “We need to unite and face the opposition. We cannot afford to have our members joining other parties because of this division. There is need for serious interventions if people refuse to unite,” said Nekongo. Local commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah concurred with Angula, saying the new party leadership should be blamed for the status quo.
“A good leadership would have put a lot of effort and tried to destroy that division and those teams within the party, but we see now that they are in a panic mode. Elections are around the corner and the party is still so divided.
“That is why you have seen the president and even the SG talking about unity now. That [shows] that they haven’t done anything to bring the party together,” he said.
According to Kamwanyah, party members are not impressed that the resolutions of the 2017 congress “are just on paper”. “So my guess is that they were carried away by the result and maybe diverted by other issues and not be able to go back and look at the resolutions. And it puts the party in trouble in terms of preparing for the national elections.”
The party this week announced that it will hold an extraordinary congress from 30 November to 1 December in Windhoek to adopt the 2017 congress resolutions. The contentious electoral college that will elect the candidates for the National Assembly seats next year, will likely also form part of the debate at the extraordinary congress.
‘Not an indictment’
University of Namibia (Unam) political science professor Lesley Blaauw, however, does not agree that the current divisions are an indictment on the leadership of the party, but rather a manifestation of democracy. He is convinced, though, that the party is haunted by the ‘follow the leader’ mantra.
“Expressing different views should be allowed. Remember, historically the ruling party like most liberation parties have a very top-down approach towards leadership, so the hierarchy and the fact that we have these contestations speak to the fact that some of the remnants of that has not been overcome yet,” he said.
“I think there is a need for openness and to allow people to express their views openly in order to lessen the tension between members. Contestation of ideas is fundamental to democratic debate and allowing these views to flourish would prevent and circumscribe efforts of backbiting.” Kamwanyah is also convinced that the ruling party will be affected by the divisions haunting it and the failure of its leadership to forge unity.
South African political analyst Nixon Kariithi is of the view that opposition parties in both Namibia and South Africa lack the ability to ‘swing-out’ and create opportunities from challenges ruling parties are faced with. “The only way one can really tell that the opposition has made a difference is at the polls. But if it these issues they raise don’t hurt the voter then it will not affect the way voters vote,” he said. “As the voter is hurt by unemployment, poverty and other socio-economic challenges, then we will see change. And it depends whether the opposition can convince these people directly hurt by unemployment and other challenges to go to the polls. And will they be able to remind these voters all the time of this, even when they are voting?” Kariithi said.
Blaauw added the biggest drawback for opposition parties is their desire to gain power and not necessarily to change the status quo. “We must remember that the opposition parties are not necessarily the best examples of unity and single-mindedness of purpose. Whatever the ruling party does and whether it has infighting, I do not think the opposition parties have been able to take advantage of the disunity. And what we have seen over the years, even if you have that during election time, people normally support the ruling party the most,” he added.
Following ten months of continued petitioning, disgruntled Swapo members have now approached the High Court to seek to have last year’s elective congress declared unconstitutional, unlawful or invalid.
The group also want the results of the top four and central committee elections set aside.
The court battle comes nearly a year after an unprecedented bruising campaign and congress, which saw President Hage Geingob and his slate under the Team Harambee banner contesting against a faction, which called itself Team Swapo.
Geingob and his slate were unanimously elected for the top four positions, scoring landslide victories.
Team Harambee followers also dominated the central committee election and subsequent election of the Politburo after the congress.
Geingob won the presidency ahead of former youth minister Jerry Ekandjo and former prime minister Nahas Angula, while former home affairs minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana lost out on the party vice-presidency to deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Shaningwa was elected SG ahead of the youthful Oshikoto Swapo regional coordinator Armas Amukwiyu, while party veteran Marco Hausiku was voted deputy secretary-general.
Hausiku contested against former health deputy minister Petrina Haingura and businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun.
However, according to court papers, the congress and CC elections were allegedly fundamentally flawed and unlawful.
“Fundamentally, the composition of the congress was unlawful and in breach of the constitution. Accordingly, the election that took place at the congress was materially in breach of rule 72 of the election rules, which states that one of the cardinal principles of the first respondent (Swapo) is to ensure free and fair elections at all its structures,” the applicants claimed.
These claims are made by Swapo members Mirjam Shituula and Selma Megameno Namboga.
The two are also acting on behalf of Nambata Angula, who is an executive member of the party’s Windhoek East district, and suspended Kalkrand village council CEO Seth Boois, who are not named as applicants on the court documents.
The two respondents are Swapo Party and Shaningwa.
The four had earlier in the year petitioned Shaningwa by demanding an independent audit into the outcome of the party’s sixth elective congress held last November.
Shaningwa had responded that the central committee would consider the petition.
However, the group argued that it is in fact the composition of the current central committee that was being disputed and therefore it cannot decide on the matter.
It suggested that the central committee elected in 2012 deal with the issue. There were also subsequent letter which failed to resolve the issue, leading to the urgent court application following Shaningwa’s announcement this week of the dates of the extraordinary congress, which will take place from 30 November to 1 December.
In their founding affidavit, the group claimed material irregularities were unearthed during the 2017 congress, which included at least eight regional governors unlawfully participating, as well as four SPYL delegates being allowed to stand for the central committee when they were no longer eligible to bemembers of the youth wing as they were over 35, while governors are ex officio members of the regional executive committees.
The four included justice minister Sacky Shanghala, deputy minister of trade Lucia Ipumbu, National Youth Council executive chairman Mandela Kapere and youth leader Paula Kooper.
The group also claimed in court papers that over 50 constituency councillors from 13 regions but Otjozondjupa allegedly attended and participated in the congress. The group claim these councillors were ex officio members of the district executive committees and should not have participated in the congress. It is further alleged that Swapo wings such as the Swapo Party Elders Council, the National Union of Namibian Workers, Swapo Party Women Council and the SPYL unlawfully delegated representatives from regional conferences to take part in the congress.
In their affidavit, the applicants claim several irregularities were also unearthed during regional conferences before the congress, resulting in the replacement of some delegates by handpicked ones. They particularly highlighted the participation of Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo in the congress who was “impermissibly delegated by the Rundu Rural District when, in fact she belongs to the Rundu Urban District”.
Sinimbo was subsequently elected to the central committee. At least 11 current central committee members were not eligible for election at the congress, the applicants further alleged.
“In summary, the composition of the congress can fairly be said to be the bedrock of Namibia’s existence and functioning as a democracy. Accordingly, if it is composed unlawfully, as I respectfully contend the congress was, then the harm to the country, its democratic institutions and all its people is pervasive and lasting. This harm is moreover persistent and ongoing. There is an inherent urgency that harm of this nature be rectified by this court.”
Swapo’s lawyers have five days to indicate whether they will oppose the application. If no notice of intent to oppose is given, the urgent application will be heard on 27 November.