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Tells it All - Namibian Sun
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    Gallery stunned by trafficking testimonyGallery stunned by trafficking testimony KENYA KAMBOWE

    Shocking revelations have emerged in the bail application of two suspects arrested for allegedly trafficking and sexually abusing a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

    Frederick Jacobus van Zyl (32) and Sylvia Bonifatius (20) are facing charges of human trafficking, two counts of rape, committing immoral practices, drugging a female for unlawful intercourse and stupefying a female for unlawful intercourse.

    The two are accused of kidnapping, drugging and raping an Oshakati schoolgirl.

    They are applying for bail in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court.

    Both the State and the defence were expected to submit written arguments by yesterday.

    Chief Magistrate Mika Namweya is likely to make a ruling today or on Monday.

    The two accused and three State witnesses have made some shocking revelations, which shook the public gallery.

    Under cross-examination by prosecutor Chrisna Masule, Bonifatius testified she was accommodated for four months in Oshakati’s Ehenye township by a stranger, whom she referred to as a “Samaritan”.

    The Samaritan was identified as advocate Johan Pienaar, who is the deputy prosecutor-general stationed at the Oshakati High Court.

    Pienaar is expected to testify once the matter goes to trial.

    Bonifatius claimed she was a minor, but an immigration official who testified yesterday said according to a birth certificate retrieved from the Home Affairs office in Oshakati, Bonifatius is 20 years old.

    Bonifatius also testified that she is registered at Namcol and should be released in order to write examinations. She could, however, not prove this.

    At first she informed the court that a relative would bring proof to the court, which never happened.

    She also claimed her examination timetable was lodged between her confiscated cellphone and its cover, but no such document emerged when the phone was brought to court.

    The State also enquired from Namcol and her name was not found among the institution’s records.

    The State’s second witness, Constable Abraham Eliaser, who is the investigating officer in the matter, testified that the two suspects were only arrested in September, after the case was opened in July.

    The defence grilled Eliaser on this issue, saying one of the grounds on which the State is opposing bail is that the matter is serious. However, the suspects were only arrested months after the case was lodged.

    Eliaser said it was a complicated case and it was not easy to track down the two suspects.

    He said Bonifatius had moved from the last address she had given the police.

    Explaining why Van Zyl was not arrested at the time the case was opened, Eliaser said the name provided to him was Steven, which is the suspect’s nickname.

    It was also revealed that the victim had turned to her friend Bonifatius when her father had beaten her, and that she wanted money.

    Eliaser disputed that the girl had been beaten by her father and said she had only been yelled at.

    Bonifatius is represented by Simson Aingura, while Pieter Greyling appears for Van Zyl.

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  • 10/11/18--15:00: 'I know who the spies are'
  • 'I know who the spies are''I know who the spies are'Smit says he was never a Koevoet Opposition MP Nico Smit says he was a senior security police officer before independence and knows who the spies in Swapo were. Nico Smit, MP of the official opposition Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), says he will not be cowed into silence on the Basic Education Bill after the flak he got from Swapo parliamentarians over his comments on the bill.

    During the parliamentary debate on the bill on Wednesday, Smit criticised the bill as being autocratic, undemocratic and draconian.

    He also said he suspected a political motive behind some of the provisions in the bill, which seemingly attempt to ensure loyalty to the ruling party and to indoctrinate impressionable young minds, as well as teachers. Chaos ensued and Smit was heckled and labelled as a former member of Koevoet, a former counter-insurgency group of the defunct South West African Police (SWAPOL) by, among others, the minister of basic education, arts and culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.

    Reacting to the chaos that erupted during the parliamentary debate, Smit yesterday said he had in fact never been a member of Koevoet but was in the security police.

    Smit also denied that he had accused some Swapo MPs of being former Koevoet members. He said because he was a senior officer in the security police, he had access to documents proving that some Swapo MPs were in fact spies for the former SWA regime.

    “I know who the spies were and how much they were paid,” Smit contended, saying the alleged spies should know that he would have such information because of his former position in the police.

    He also said his criticism of the bill was never criticism against Hanse-Himarwa. Smit said after having consulted various education experts at Nust and Unam, he had to conclude that the Basic Education Bill “serves no purpose at all”. “They must be out of their minds,” he commented, saying none of the submissions made during consultation on the bill were considered for incorporation. “This is a predetermined bill. Consultation on the bill was just for window-dressing,” Smit said.


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  • 10/11/18--15:00: Our money-milking SOEs
  • Our money-milking SOEsOur money-milking SOEs While making an impassioned plea this week for the National Assembly to pass the much-anticipated and long overdue Public Enterprises Governance Bill, public enterprises minister Leon Jooste touched some salient and critical issues.

    It cannot be denied that over the years, the country's parastatals have been a hotbed of concern, specifically around billions in bailouts and ongoing board and management battles, as grubby fingers eyed tenders and contracts, which were inevitably creamed off the top, so the elite could benefit.

    The ongoing shenanigans at SOEs have played their part in the country's unfolding economic crisis, as many of these parastatals have become bottomless pits into which taxpayer money has been thrown into with gay abandon.

    This in turn leads to money not being available to drive other important aspects, while tenderpreneurs have lived off the fat of the land.

    Available figures indicate that the country's public enterprises portfolio had a total asset value of N$93 billion at the end of June.

    SOEs employ 17 224 people. The total liabilities of this sector, however, amount to a whopping N$44 billion, which leaves a net asset value of just N$49 billion.

    Commercial public enterprises have a N$62 billion asset value, N$30 billion in liabilities, an annual income of N$23 billion, while expenditure totals N$21 billion and a profitability is just N$1.9 billion.

    This is a 1.2% return on assets.

    Obviously not all SOEs are designed to be money-making entities, but in the same breathe, they should not be money-milking machines.

    The country is at a crossroads, in terms of an economy that has for too long been exporting its raw materials, which are then sent back as finished products.

    A fundamental aspect that continues to underpin this disastrous economic model is the fact that SOEs are draining state coffers.

    It has now reached a stage where the country can no longer afford this type of siphoning, which inevitably puts money into the pockets of the few. Jooste has an immense task ahead.

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    Face adversaries, create greatness Face adversaries, create greatness Small dreams cultivate fantastic realities From a small-town girl to an innovator, Lizette Feris fought all odds to claim her place in the corporate jungle. Elizabeth Joseph

    After matriculating from Namib High School, Lizette Feris immediately set her career in stone and went on to study international marketing in Cape Town.

    She moved back to her hometown of Swakopmund and was immediately employed at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre for some time until she relocated to London, in the United Kingdom to further her studies with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

    There she honed her skills further whilst being employed at four-star hotels in in the city. “Since returning to Namibia eight years ago, I was involved in many short training courses, and was selected as a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, attending Dartmouth College in America. I'm now a student of the Media and Information Literacy Learning Initiative (MiLLi*) at the College of the Arts completing my certificate in MIL,” she says.

    Feris was recruited by DW Akademie, an international media development organisation in July 2016, as their project associate to assist with the implementation of their Media and Information Literacy (MIL) project in Namibia.

    “In 2017 I was promoted to project manager, where I continued working on MIL and additionally assisted at the community information project line where DW Akademie partnered with the Namibia Community Broadcasters Association to develop the capacities of community radio presenters.”

    As if that was not proof enough that she was the author of her own destiny, Feris took another great leap in her career and established herself even further at the DW Akademie.

    Seeing that there are always several dominant constraints that hold the company’s growth from reaching its potential, we asked her how she plans to overcome these constraints at DW Akademie Namibia and she had this to say: “Namibia is one of eight African focus countries DW Akademie works in, and the Namibia office took five years to establish. Back when the office started out, there was one staff member with a briefcase and a laptop.

    Today they have three full-time staff members and one volunteer to assist with the work they do in media information literacy and community information in Namibia. At the moment the DW Akademie is stabilised and focusing on their partners reaching their potential.

    Some of the DW Akademie’s short term goals include continuing the support they already have for MiLLi* the local MIL initiative in Namibia, implemented by College of the Arts.

    “To date, MiLLi* has reached 506 young people in ten regions. We are impressed with this result and will continue to focus on MIL, working with the College of the Arts, to train Namibians the knowledge, skills and review their attitude to reading and writing media and information messages,” Feris adds.

    A day in the office

    “There is no such thing as a typical day for a project manager. As I implement several projects, working with the project partners, I will usually take stock of what is urgent on my daily task sheet, encounter challenges which requires my problem solving skills, and also round off with payments or checking budgets, or other activities that are required from a project manager.

    Most, if not all, of her time is dedicated to MiLLi*, where Feris now trains staff and volunteers at the MiLLi* Coordination Centre to implement the core activities which are summer school, youth projects and the certification course. Typically, her day includes a lot of coffee, telephone calls, email correspondence, and media technology.

    Fact Box

    1. God is my oath (I live up to the actual Hebrew meaning of my name)

    2. She has 22 years working experience in six countries

    3. Feris is direct, and like people who are the same

    4. “I like laughing, and have a great sense of humour,” she says.

    5. I am a mentor, and a student at the same time

    6. My passion is working with children

    7. I'm always on a 'see food - eat food' diet

    8. I love music and dancing, and taking road trips

    9. I used to be a stage performer and a radio presenter

    10. I'm an advocate for human rights

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    Retirement funds worried about FIM BillRetirement funds worried about FIM BillCould cause death of industry Retirement Fund Solutions believes that the Financial Institutions and Markets Bill would have severe consequences for employers, workers and pension funds. “For the employer, there will be no incentive to offer a pension fund under the FIM Bill anymore and there is no legal compulsion to do so” - RFS NDAMA NAKASHOLE

    Retirement Fund Solutions (RFS) has expressed concern over the Financial Institutions and Markets (FIM) bill which will soon be tabled in parliament, labelling it an “onslaught on the pensions industry”.

    RFS believes that the bill and related developments will have a serious negative impact on everyone who has been saving up for retirement in a pension fund.

    RFS board chairman Tilman Friedrich told Market Watch yesterday that the bill is a complex one and its complexity means it will be very expensive to manage.

    According to him, the bill, which will regulate insurance companies, medical aid funds, pension funds and other non-banking financial sectors, will require resources to be complied with and since it is costly, all parts involved will spend more money to meet the requirements.

    As a result, people who save up for their future in pension funds will have to carry the cost of that.

    “There is a whole lot of things around that bill that will require costs,” he said.

    During the launch of its annual report on 30 August 2018, Namfisa CEO Kenneth Matomola mentioned the FIM Bill as one of the regulator’s highlight bills that will be promulgated and implemented in the current financial year.

    Cause of demise

    In a letter to finance minister Calle Schlettwein dated 3 October 2018, Friedrich pointed out some of the key developments which he said are likely to cause the demise of the industry.

    According to him, the FIM Act has numerous severe consequences for employers and employees.

    Aspects of the bill that will be negative for the industry include Namfisa levies, the Income Tax Act provisions concerning pension funds as well as VAT on asset management services to pension funds.

    The establishment of GIPF under a separate law, GIPF using its market dominance and taxpayer guarantees to compete with the private sector on a low-cost ticket under the guise of Kuleni, as well as the establishment of an umbrella fund for SOE pension funds are also some key issues that RFS gave a red flag in the letter to Schlettwein.

    According to Friedrich those issues, plus others, have a negative effect on a significant part of the working population in Namibia - people saving for their retirement in pension funds.


    In its latest newsletter, RFS said that Namibia will be moving into a new era with the advent of the FIM Bill.

    It says employers will also be required to support Namfisa in its prudential and market conduct supervisory endeavours.

    “The employer will be prohibited from using the pension fund in support of its business objectives to attract and retain staff while the employer, including its directors and officers in their personal capacity, will be facing serious risks.

    “For the employer, there will be no incentive to offer a pension fund under the FIM Bill anymore and there is no legal compulsion to do so,” says RFS

    For the employee, RFS says the key advantage of a pension fund, namely the strong protection previously offered by Section 37 of the Pension Funds Act, has for all intents and purposes been removed from the FIM Bill.

    “For employees earning below the minimum income tax threshold, the income tax regime offers no contribution incentive. For those earning above this threshold, the income tax regime will in many cases actually offer a disincentive,” it further claims.

    As far as the tax exempt status of pension funds is concerned, the benefit is not all that meaningful when one looks at the income pension funds typically generate, RFS says.

    “The individual investor would pay interest withholding tax on local interest income of a mere 10% and may be exposed to interest withholding tax on interested earned from foreign investments. This basically leaves some rental income of fairly little impact that pension funds typically generate and that is tax free when earned by a pension fund while the individual investor would have to pay tax at marginal rates on any rental income.”

    Namfisa’s stance

    Erna Motinga, Namfisa’s deputy CEO, last week said the FIM bill had been sent to the attorney-general for certification for submission to the National Assembly.

    When she gave an industry overview at the African Insurance Organisation’s Reinsurance Forum held in Windhoek last week, Motinga said the bill would encourage localisation of core functions away from remotely controlled asset managers.

    The envisaged regulatory regime introduces flexibility and responsiveness to market developments and also allows for the issuance of subordinate legislation by the minster responsible for finance or the regulatory authority, she said.

    Motinga said the bill would give Namfisa an enhanced enforcement power, such as directing the removal of unfit key persons and issuance of administrative penalties.

    Transparency and accountability to stakeholders as well as a redress mechanism for consumers of financial services through the financial adjudicator office are some of the issues that the bill is expected to introduce, she said.

    Market Watch could not immediately get comment from Namfisa by the time of going to print.

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    Kamushinda accused of dirty tricksKamushinda accused of dirty tricks The Supreme Court of Namibia on Tuesday reserved judgement in a matter in which Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe and World Eagle Investment are trying to overturn a High Court order to place the SME Bank in liquidation.

    In his answering affidavit to the appeal, provisional liquidator Ian McLaren said the liquidators and creditors of the SME Bank would be severely prejudiced if the Supreme Court were to grant relief in favour of the two Zimbabwean entities.

    He said since he and David Bruni were appointed as the provisional liquidators they have taken various steps to finalise the liquidation.

    The steps taken include recognition by the South African Supreme Court to act as foreign liquidators in June. They were also granted permission by the same court to hold insolvency inquiries in South Africa.

    They were also granted permission to establish a commission of inquiry in Namibia, which was held in secret and yielded valuable information about money that “mysteriously disappeared” from the SME Bank.

    McLaren said they also succeeded in freezing two South African bank accounts in respect of N$40.5 million and N$12 million that had been invested in trust in South Africa.

    Summonses on behalf of the liquidators have been issued for N$79 million and N$12 million respectively, of which McLaren said the prospects of success are good.

    He said they were currently establishing an inquiry in Dubai, to which N$69 million was transferred. “We will recover the amount in Dubai,” McLaren said confidently.

    He said should MetBank and World Eagle's appeal application be successful, all freezing orders would probably have to be undone and the money would have to be returned to those “who reaped the fruits of unlawful conduct”.

    McLaren also accused a director of MetBank and World Eagle, Enoch Kamushinda, of having done everything in his power to stop the liquidators from recovering the money spirited out of Namibia.

    He said it was strange that Kamushinda, a shareholder of the SME Bank, had lodged legal proceedings to set aside the South African court order to establish the insolvency inquiry. Kamushinda had also instituted proceedings in the Namibian High Court to set aside an order that gave the liquidators certain powers to continue with the liquidation. Kamushinda had succeeded in this matter and this judgement is subject to an application for a leave of appeal to the Namibian Supreme Court to be heard on 7 November.

    Kamushinda also brought another High Court application to set aside the appointment of the liquidators, which McLaren said was brought when they received proof during the South African enquiry that N$64 million in cash had been delivered to an address in Johannesburg. “The thieves there actually signed for the cash and the money was delivered with reference to the SME Bank's money,” McLaren said. The delivery notes reference “SME 10.10” and the liquidators have prepared statements, which the liquidators said would be publicly released upon certain events, which include “veiled threats” made to them. Bruni said in his answering affidavit before the Gauteng High Court on 4 October that a certain Stickling in his affidavit to that court stated that about N$64 million in cash had been delivered to a certain George Markides. Stickling had indicated that one of his regular clients who received cash from his business was Kamushinda's company, Crown Finance Corporation. Bruni said during the time the cash was delivered, there were no fewer than 77 phone calls between Kamushinda and Markides.

    Bruni also said although Kamushinda was not authorised to represent MetBank or World Eagle, he nonetheless took a number of steps to hamper the liquidators' duties. Kamushinda allegedly also attempted to protect Mauwane Kotane, director of Mamepe Capital, where about N$196 million of the SME Bank's money was allegedly invested.


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  • 10/11/18--15:00: NDF promotions 'corrupt'
  • NDF promotions 'corrupt'NDF promotions 'corrupt'Relatives, children, friends and lovers favoured Disgruntled soldiers have urged the court-martialling of corrupt officers who are promoting their relatives, children, friends and lovers. The Namibian Defence Force (NDF) is allegedly paying hordes of soldiers holding the same position in the staff structure, and who are shadowing those legitimately in these posts.

    There are also swirling allegations of illegal promotions, ahead of more deserving members.

    Disgruntled members of the NDF's 26th Brigade at Grootfontein and 263rd Battalion at Oshakati have claimed “systemic corruption” in the force's promotion policy.

    They say this policy is currently costing the government a lot of money.

    Members who studied the recent promotion list, effective from 1 February, said they found that some members who were nominated for promotion by their unit staff officers were removed from the list by battalion commanders and replaced with non-deserving members.

    The NDF would neither confirm nor deny these allegations.

    The defence ministry, however, said defence force chief, Major-General John Mutwa, would launch an investigation and act upon the findings.

    A letter seen by Namibian Sun, addressed to defence minister Penda Ya Ndakolo, claims some senior members have created a loopholes for unfair promotion, which sees soldiers being promoted to fill positions that are structurally and physically already occupied.

    The ministry is reportedly paying up to ten people in a position that is designed just for one person.

    The disgruntled members also exposed that a recent payroll verification conducted by the defence ministry verified that promotions within the force are milking the government, in the sense that many members are occupying positions meant for one person.

    They are therefore requesting Ndakolo to order Mutwa to court-martial the corrupt officers.

    According to the NDF promotion policy, the promotions board should consist of company commanders, the adjutant, some staff officers, including intelligence officers, and two battalion commanders.

    “The promotion policy is not being followed and this is caused by the lack or unwillingness by some commanders at all the levels to constitute promotion committees or boards in their formations and units. It has created deep loopholes for rampant promotions based on fraud, forgery and uttering,” a source said.

    “The system is being ignored intentionally for the corrupt commanders to promote their favoured members, the majority of whom are being transferred from different departments, divisions, platoons or sections to fill positions that are already occupied.”

    The source said currently the company commanders and division and section heads only provide the names of those to be promoted to the office of the adjutants.

    The adjutants, chief clerk and commanding officers then start dealing with the promotions on their own.

    “Staff officers who have these personnel working under them can submit names of the deserving hardworking and capable members for promotions, but these lists are being manipulated and replaced with names of their relatives, children, friends and lovers. Only after promotion one will find out that none of those who were nominated for promotion have made it through,” the source added.

    “Their names are being removed and replaced with members from other divisions or units, and sometimes they do not even have experience in those units, and they are just being promoted for the sake of the rank and remain shadows of the post occupants.”

    The irked members said this is being done to deceive the brigade commander, so he can sign fraudulent promotion lists which are an offence contrary to the Defence Act 2002 and military disciplinary code, section 30.

    It was exposed that due to the past eight years of promotions, ten warrant officers, 11 staff sergeants and 18 sergeants are occupying three positions at the 26th Brigade, while eight warrant officers, nine staff sergeants and 12 corporals occupying three positions at the 263rd Battalion.

    When contacted for comment, defence ministry's spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Petrus Shilumbu said the ministry was not aware of the allegations.

    “The defence ministry is not aware of these complaints. The norm is that complaints are channelled through the chain of command to the relevant authorities. Promotion and posting is done according to the established structure,” Shilumbu said.

    “There also other relevant bodies, such as the defence inspectorate and military police, to investigate these allegations and keep management informed in order for them to take informed decisions. The authority has taken the allegations very seriously and the chief of the defence force will detail an internal investigation and will act upon the outcome.”


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    Kandjii-Murangi plays 'Game of Thrones' battle over COSDEFKandjii-Murangi plays 'Game of Thrones' battle over COSDEF The higher education ministry has launched a bid to remove former prime minister Nahas Angula as board chairperson of the Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) and replace him with its minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi.

    Kandjii-Murangi is apparently leading the charge to replace Angula as chairperson and also wants the entire board dissolved.

    This was revealed to Namibian Sun by the ministry's director for vocational education and training, Muvatera Ndjoze-Siririka.

    He was responding to a recent article in Namibian Sun which lifted the lid on how Angula and Kandjii-Murangi are embroiled in a dispute over the country's community skills development centres (COSDECs), which are run by the COSDEF.

    Ndjoze-Siririka said Angula and Kandjii-Murangi had held consultative meetings to see how best the outcomes of a “scoping mission” could be implemented.

    The first meeting was held on 21 November 2016 to appraise the new minister on COSDEC operations. The second meeting took place on 5 March this year.

    “This meeting involved some of the COSDEF board members and the chairperson,” explained Ndjoze-Siririka.

    He said the purpose of this meeting was to see how best the outcomes of a scoping mission could be implemented, in terms of streamlining technical and vocational education and training (TVET) providers, which would include the COSDECS.

    “The ministry wanted a soundboard to take into account the new political dispensation. That is, to find out from the board whether they would be amenable to the idea of yielding their positions to the current (political and sector) occupants. In this case, the chairperson (Angula) being replaced by the current higher education minister,” he said.

    Angula as chairperson, as well as fellow trustees Paulus Kapiya, Len le Roux, Justin Ellis and Albertina Heita, have all served since the inception of the organisation in 1998.

    Ndjoze-Siririka said they have all since left the organisations they used to present on the COSDEF board.

    “They are Kapiya who was representing the youth ministry, Roux was the representative of Rössing Foundation, Ellis who was representing the basic education ministry, and Heita represented the higher education ministry's directorate of vocational education and training.”

    Ndjoze-Siririka said COSDEF was deliberately started as a trust by the then education ministry as a community-based organisation. To that end, the ministry has an obligation to fund it.

    The ministry's intention was to have an organisation that was closer to the community and that would immediately respond to its needs.

    The COSDEF also aimed to act as an agency that would afford the local community the opportunity to have their informally acquired skills or indigenous skills certified.

    Angula, who unsuccessfully stood against President Hage Geingob for the Swapo presidency during last year's party elective congress, confirmed to Namibian Sun last week that Kandjii-Murangi had written to him last year to enquire how the COSDECs were established.

    He said the COSDECs are unique training institutions targeting out-of-school and unemployed youth, but the minister of higher education has been pushing for the COSDECs to introduce entry requirements. He said those requirements will deny the youth on the margin an opportunity to have a start in life.

    Angula said other private training providers are supported by the vocational education and training (VET) levy, through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), such as the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), but government is not questioning them.

    “Why does the minister not take over NIMT? Why only the COSDECs? If the minister still has a problem, let her proceed with whatever action she deems necessary,” he fumed.

    Currently 85% of the COSDECs' funding comes directly from the foundation. The COSDEF budget is funded by the education ministry, through the NTA. Special projects are funded by various donor agencies, the private sector and individual sponsorships.

    Each COSDEC is expected to generate 15% of its total yearly budget through its own initiatives.

    Ndjoze-Siririka said originally the COSDEF was funded directly by the then education ministry, but later this function was transferred to the NTA.

    “The foundation is funded on a unit cost basis. This amount was initially about N$3 000 per trainee per annum. But it has now reached N$ 14 300. What the foundation makes per annum is dependent on the number of trainees they have in a particular year. For example, if they have 2 200 trainees then they would have about N$31 460 000 per annum.”

    The ministry also refuted claims that it has reported or registered any dispute with COSDEF at the attorney-general's office.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Vries stages tournament
  • Vries stages tournamentVries stages tournamentGiving back to the community Brave Warriors' number-one goalkeeper Virgil Vries is a perfect example of people who never forget where they come from, even if they find greener pastures. Kaizer Chiefs and Brave Warriors goalkeeper Virgil Vries has decided to plough back into the community of Keetmanshoop after launching an under-15 tournament.

    The tournament will be played in Keetmanshoop on 27 October with the aim of identifying talent and encouraging a healthy lifestyle among the youth around the region.

    There is no registration fee for teams playing in the competition, as Vries has all the costs covered.

    “Virgil called me and asked me to help me stage this tournament because he wanted to give back to the community.

    “This is a great gesture from him because he wants to help the children in the region and especially the town of Keetmanshoop to develop their skills.

    “Virgil started his career here in Keetmanshoop and hopes that many youth can emulate his success,” said organiser Emrico Blaauw.

    Teams as far as Karasburg have expressed interest in the tournament, while schools and academies from Keetmanshoop are expected to be part of the competition.

    Medals and trophies will be up for grabs.

    Born at Keetmanshoop, Vries joined Golden Arrows in 2011 from Namibian side Eleven Arrows, signing a three-year contract.

    A November 2011 blunder against Amazulu gained worldwide attention, making life difficult for the player.

    In January 2012 he was loaned to second-division side Carara Kicks.

    Later in 2012, he signed a short-term contract with Orlando Pirates in the Namibian Premier League.

    In January 2013 he went to Maritzburg United in the South African Premier Soccer League.

    He made 27 appearances for the club and kept a clean sheet in eight games while conceding 23 goals in the others.

    The player recently joined high-profile South African outfit Kaizer Chiefs, making him one of the few Namibians to break through in the 'Glamour Boys'.

    He made his debut for the Namibian national football team on 4 June 2011 against Burkina Faso, a match that Namibia lost 1-4.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Wigan beat Warrington
  • Wigan beat WarringtonWigan beat Warrington Wigan beat Warrington 12-4 in the Super League Grand Final to give boss Shaun Wane and his side's departing stars the perfect send-off at Old Trafford on Saturday.

    The final whistle sparked emotional celebrations for Wigan, with Wane ending his 30-year association with his home-town club and key players Sam Tomkins, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton also set to leave.

    Wane, who worked for Wigan as a player, scout and coach, will take up a role as high performance coach with the Scottish Rugby Union later this month. The 54-year-old bowed out on a high as he clinched the sixth trophy of six years as Wigan boss.

    In their 10th Grand Final appearance, Wigan brought the curtain down on the Wane era with a fifth Super League title.

    “It's coming to an end, it's the perfect way to finish,” a tearful Wane said.

    “I've got so much respect for the players. I just wanted the win against a champion team. I've lived the dream, it's an outstanding feeling.”

    Tomkins, who will join Catalans Dragons, was in tears before the trophy presentation.

    England international Bateman is moving to Canberra Raiders and he said: “It's been a dream. I've always said that. I'm going to miss these lads.”

    Warrington failed to end their 63-year wait for a Grand Final victory as they again finished as runners-up after losing the 2012, 2013 and 2016 title matches.Having beaten Warrington to win the crown two years ago, Wigan were expected to regain the title.Wane's men conceded the opening try in the 14th minute when Dan Sarginson spilled a low kick close to his own line and former Wigan ace Josh Charnley slid over in the corner.

    But Wigan roared back to take an 8-4 lead by halftime.

    They were level in the 26th minute after Thomas Leuluai and Oliver Gildart put Dom Manfredi over and took the lead when Tom Davies finished off from George Williams' kick. Wigan lost Leuluai to a head injury in a heated finish to the half, which appeared to boil over in the tunnel as the players made their way back to the changing rooms.

    After the interval, Manfredi had to leave the field for treatment on a nasty eye injury.

    However, he somehow returned to action and made a crucial try-saving tackle to deny Tom Lineham as Warrington pushed for a leveller.

    And it was Manfredi who wrapped up the silverware with three minutes remaining when he finished a sweeping move to cap a superb display with his second try.


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    Defeat piles pressure on LoewDefeat piles pressure on LoewGermany is misfiring These are dark days for the Germans in the wake of their dismal World Cup display when they crashed out after finishing bottom of their group. Joachim Loew is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year tenure as Germany's head coach after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat away to the Netherlands.

    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk gave the Dutch a first-half lead before late goals by Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum capped a golden night for the Oranje at Amsterdam's Johan Cruyff


    They are now bottom of Nations League Group One and Loew must avoid defeat against world champions France in Paris on Tuesday, knowing his future will be debated at home.

    “Yes, I understand that there is a debate and we have to deal with it,” Loew told broadcaster ZDF.

    “In the next two days, I will focus entirely on preparing the team before the match in Paris against France, and not on the debates in public, although these debates are normal, very normal.”

    “We have to show character against France and win the return match against the Dutch or we are going down.

    “We had good chances, but couldn't put them away, which would have been good for confidence. It's bad that we fell apart at the end,” he added.

    After ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack said he was “surprised” Loew kept his job after their woeful World Cup display, the Dutch defeat ramps up the pressure.

    Once again, Loew trusted his senior players to deliver a win, but his Bayern Munich axis of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller failed to deliver. Both Muller and his second-half replacement, Manchester City starlet Leroy Sane, squandered clear chances either side of the break. Hummels admitted the team can expect a backlash from the German public after the defeat.

    “We'll get it in the neck now, but we have no one to blame but ourselves,” said Hummels.

    “We lost 3-0, even though we actually had to win the game.

    “We had a lot of bad luck, but it's not down to any one player.”

    Germany have now conceded goals in their last 19 internationals.

    “We made too little of our chances, although we could have gone ahead early on,” said goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer.

    “At the end, we were too open and made mistakes.”

    Neuer put the blame firmly on the players: “Before the game, every player signalled to the coach that they were ready to play.”

    Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said the Germans lost their structure after falling behind.

    “The structure was missing after the first 30 minutes, but it's hard heading home without having scored,” said Kroos.

    “You need a reward for the good work you do and that's not happened.

    “We have to keep going, we have the next chance on Tuesday and concentrate on the good things we


    The Dutch were delighted with their first win over the Germans for 16 years.

    “Sometimes you need a bit of luck, but we deserved the win, fought for every inch and defended well,” said Dutch coach Ronaldo Koeman.

    “It's an unbelievable result, especially as the Germans weren't that bad.

    “It's 16 years since we beat Germany and we are on the right way with a talented, young team.”


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    Nepal rescuers retrieve bodies of nine climbersNepal rescuers retrieve bodies of nine climbers A rescue team yesterday began retrieving the bodies of nine climbers killed in a violent storm on Nepal's Mount Gurja, a freak accident that has left the mountaineering community reeling.

    A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp where the South Korean climbing expedition was staying when powerful winds and snow swept through, killing the entire team and scattering their bodies as far as 500 metres away.

    “All nine bodies have been found and the team are in the process of bringing them down,” said Siddartha Gurung, a chopper pilot who is coordinating the retrieval


    A second helicopter along with a team of rescue specialists and villagers were also involved in the mission, which has been hampered by strong winds as well as the camp's remoteness in the Dhaulagiri mountain range of Nepal's Annapurna region.

    The bodies of the climbers five South Koreans and four Nepalis will be flown to Pokhara, a tourist hub that serves as a gateway to the Annapurna region, and then to Kathmandu, said Yogesh Sapkota of Simrik Air, a helicopter company involved in the effort. The expedition's camp was totally destroyed by the powerful storm, which hit the area late Thursday or Friday, flattening all the tents and leaving a tangled mess of tarpaulin and broken polls.

    “Base camp looks like a bomb went off,” said Dan Richards of Global Rescue, a US-based emergency assistance group that will be helping with the retrieval effort.

    Wangchu Sherpa of Trekking Camp Nepal, who organised the expedition, said they sent a helicopter to investigate on Saturday morning after the team did not get in contact for more than 24 hours. The expedition was led by experienced South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, who has climbed the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen. Mountaineering experts are questioning how the experienced team was so badly hit while still at base camp at around 3 500 metres.

    “At this point we don't understand how this happened. You don't usually get those sorts of extreme winds at that altitude and base camps are normally chosen because they are safe places,” said Richards.

    The team had been on 7 193-metre (23 599-foot) Mount Gurja since early October, hoping to scale the rarely climbed mountain via a new route.


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    Two Chilean priests defrockedTwo Chilean priests defrocked Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, the pontiff publicly explained why they were removed.

    The Vatican's unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of Jose Cox Huneeus and Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez signalled a new degree of transparency following past missteps that appeared to underestimate the gravity of the scandal.

    Explaining the latest removals as Chile's church is called to account for decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups, the statement made clear the two were defrocked for abusing minors with evidence so overwhelming that a canonical trial was unnecessary.

    The Vatican said the move could not be appealed.

    An Australian archbishop was found guilty on Tuesday of concealing child sex abuse by a priest, which Australian media said made him the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted on such a charge.

    Previously, the Vatican has rarely, if ever, announced laicizations of individual priests and only issued a single-line statement if a bishop had resigned, without further explanation. Before Francis' papacy it was practice to reveal if resignations were retirements due to age, or for some other 'grave' reason that made them unfit for office.

    Advocates for abuse survivors have long complained about the Vatican's secrecy in handling such abuse cases, and the lack of transparency when arrived at judgments.

    Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Saturday's more detailed statement suggested a new trend in the way the Vatican will announce results of investigations of bishops accused of abuse.

    The issue of church sex abuse came up in a papal audience earlier Saturday with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique, who also met with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

    The Vatican said both meetings discussed "the painful scourge of abuse of minors, reiterating the effort of all in collaboration to combat and prevent the perpetration of such crimes and their concealment."

    Recently Francis has removed two other Chilean prelates and denied them a chance to appeal, in a sign that he now understands that some abusers cannot remain in the priesthood for the good of the church.


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    Ramaphosa wants swift VBS actionRamaphosa wants swift VBS actionSays individuals involved should face the music South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged action into the VBS scandal saying the country need investors and scandals such as VBS and Steinhoff are no good. President Cyril Ramaphosa wants developments around the VBS scandal to be dealt with swiftly, adding that all the individuals implicated should face the music.

    The president said this on Saturday during his address at the Fundraising Gala Dinner hosted by the ANC KwaZulu-Natal Musa Dladla Region.

    South Africa was being looked at by international investors which is why it was important that issues such as corruption were dealt with speed, Ramaphosa said.

    He said the VBS saga was concerning just as the Steinhoff scandal that broke out last year.

    “We need to speed up the process of ensuring that those who have done wrong against our people should be made to account without delay,” he said.

    Ramaphosa said dealing with corruption was also one of the ways of building a strong foundation for South Africa.

    “If people have done wrong against the people of South Africa they must know that there will be consequences and that the consequences are going to be quite harsh against them,” he said.

    Ramaphosa pointed out that it hurts the people when they see individuals who are implicated in corrupt activities carrying on with their lives as though nothing had happened.

    “We say that must come to an end, we must act with speed against people who do wrong things,” he reiterated.

    During his address Ramaphosa also encouraged those in attendance to invest in the economy in order to open doors for the poor and create jobs.

    “We call on you you in progressive business to invest more in the economy as well in order to create job, to drastically decrease poverty,” he said.

    “We want to work together with business and act in unison to silence the sceptics and affirm that South Africa will succeed under the ANC and that the objectives of national democratic revolution will be achieved,” he said.

    Ramaphosa said the government was doing all it could to focus on what could generate growth and create jobs in the country saying it was for that reason that government had also embarked on a hundred-billion-dollar investment drive.

    “We are confident of the success of this investment drive because of the overall positive move that has engulfed our country since the ANC Nasrec conference,” he said.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Germans march against racism
  • Germans march against racismGermans march against racism Tens of thousands of people marched in Berlin on Saturday in a protest against racism after growing concern over a series of xenophobic incidents in the east of the country.

    Organisers said at least 150 000 people turned out for the march, although Berlin police were yet to release their own estimate.

    It's already a success," said Theresa Hartmann, spokesperson for the #unteilbar (indivisible) movement, who said they had only been expecting 40 000 people to turn up.

    The marchers walked in balmy weather through the city centre before gathering at the Brandenburg gate where a number of German groups performed.

    They shouted anti-Nazi slogans and carried placards in favour of rescue missions on the Mediterranean Sea and others saying "More love, less hate" and "No room for Nazis".

    The #unteilbar collective, made up of a number of activist groups and individuals, has already staged demonstrations in the northern city of Hamburg and Munich in the south that attracted thousands.

    They are supported by trades unions, religious organisations and some charities. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), posted a message of support on Twitter.

    The march was partly in response to the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

    Building on the backlash to Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to admit more than a million refugees in 2015 and 2016, it won its first parliamentary seats in elections last year.

    At the end of August a far-right demonstration in the eastern city of Chemnitz after the murder of a German that was blamed on a refugee degenerated into attacks on foreigners.

    Early in October, German police arrested six men on suspicion of having taken part in the attacks, describing them as members of a far-right "terrorist" group.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Goodbye Ghandi
  • Goodbye GhandiGoodbye Ghandi Over 3 000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, saying the Indian independence hero had done nothing for the southern African country.

    Work on the statue began two months ago along a road named after Gandhi. The Malawi government says it is being erected as part of a deal that will see New Delhi construct a US$10 million convention centre in Blantyre.

    “Mahatma Gandhi has never contributed anything to Malawi's struggle for independence and freedom,” a statement from the 'Gandhi Must Fall' group said.

    “We therefore, feel that the statue is being forced upon the people of Malawi and is the work of a foreign power aiming at promoting its image and dominion on the unsuspecting people of Malawi.”

    The petitioners claim that Gandhi, who early in his career practised in South Africa and fought against apartheid-era segregation laws, was racist.

    “We are not comfortable with imperialistic and neo-colonial ideologies that seek to impose... foreign influence which deprives us of honour,” Wonderful Mkutche, a member of the group told AFP on Saturday.

    “Now more than ever, our nation must rise above pettiness and weakness in international deals.... This must mean that we should only accept investments, partnerships... that are responsible, fair, equal, honourable, sustainable, efficient and transparent.”

    But Isaac Munlo, Principal Secretary in the foreign ministry, defended the project saying: “It should be recognised that Mahatma Gandhi promoted values of simplicity, fight against social evils, promoting human and civil rights as well as uplifting of social well-being of people.

    “It is also worth noting that all African freedom fighters that fought against colonialism and oppression and thus demanded independence were influenced by what Mahatma Gandhi fought for. In other ways, Mahatma Gandhi is a role model of a human rights campaigner for both Africa and India,” he said.

    Malawi and India established diplomatic ties in 1964 and New Delhi is one of the country's biggest



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    Mick Schumacher can be 'one of sport's greats'Mick Schumacher can be 'one of sport's greats'Following in daddy's footsteps Schumacher had been a picture of concentration in the final laps to hold second and secure the title, and punched the air after crossing the finish line. Mick Schumacher, the teenage son of the stricken Michael Schumacher, was described as having the potential to become “one of the sport's greats” after being crowned Formula Three European champion on Saturday, fuelling speculation of a Formula One career.

    “We will now think more intensively about next year and the decision will be made in the next few days,” Schumacher, 19, told broadcaster n-tv, without giving details.

    Toto Wolff, the powerful head of world Formula One champions Mercedes, tipped the teenager for great things.

    “He has proven himself and can become a great in our sport,” said Wolff.

    His first F3 title means Schumacher has qualified for a FIA 'super licence', a prerequisite for the jump to Formula One, and follows on from his father, who won the German F3 championships 28 years ago.

    With one F3 race left this season, the 19-year-old finished second in the day's second race at Germany's Hockenheim circuit to leave him with an unassailable lead in the championship.

    “It's hard to describe, I'm just grateful, I'm living my dream,” he said.

    “The title was my goal from the beginning, I never stopped believing it. We drivers do what we love. And when it is successful, it is the best feeling you can have.”

    Estonia's Juri Vips took the chequered flag, but all the attention was on Schumacher, who dominated the second half of the F3 season after claiming five straight wins last month.

    He hugged his team after finishing on the podium for the 13th time in 29 races this season.

    Before Sunday's final race, Schumacher had 347 points, 51 ahead of Britain's Daniel Ticktum, the only driver who could have caught the German. Schumacher had finished 12th in Saturday morning's race after an early crash forced him into the pits.

    “You could see that perhaps I wanted it too much or had too much adrenalin,” admitted Schumacher.

    The presence of the German teenager with the famous name generated huge media interest in F3 this season.

    After a mediocre start, things clicked in July, when he won at Spa in Belgium to claim his first victory in the 15th of 30 races.

    He then began a run of nine podium places of the next 12 races.

    In September he racked up five straight wins to seize control of the drivers' championship and catch the attention of those in Formula One.

    Born in March 1999, the year before his father won the first of five consecutive F1 world titles for Ferrari, Mick started his racing career in karting aged nine.

    To avoid attention he raced as 'Mick Betsch', using his mother Corinna's maiden name.

    He was on the piste with his father in December 2013 when an accident in the French ski resort of Meribel left Michael with serious head injuries.

    The 49-year-old has not been seen in public since as he recovers at the family home in Switzerland.

    In 2014, Mick junior finished the karting season second overall in the German, European and world championships.

    Finally racing under the family name, he stepped up to F4 racing in 2015. Schumacher scored his maiden win at Oschersleben for the Van Amersfoort Racing team, but eventually finished tenth overall after only two podium places.

    With the spotlight permanently on young Schumacher, he was fiercely guarded from reporters' questions by Sabine Kehm, his father's manager.

    In 2016, Schumacher junior finished second in both the German and Italian F4 championships and last year when he stepped up to the F3 championships he was 12th with just one podium finish.

    This season, he has been a revelation for Prema Theodore Racing, sparking speculation that he will race in Formula Two next season or step straight up to F1.


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    Ireland held by Denmark in stalemateIreland held by Denmark in stalemate Ireland are still waiting for their first win in the Nations League after being held to a dour 0-0 draw by Denmark on


    Martin O'Neill's side are bottom of their three-team group, with this tepid stalemate at Dublin's Aviva Stadium following a 4-1 thrashing by Wales in their first match. Ireland are without a win in their last four competitive matches. Denmark beat Wales in their opener and have four points from two matches in the new competition, which offers qualification for Euro 2020.

    Matt Doherty was handed a first start for the Republic as O'Neill made six changes. There was a place for Cardiff midfielder Harry Arter following his return to the squad after resolving his differences with assistant manager Roy Keane. Denmark was without injured playmaker Christian Eriksen and the Tottenham star's absence rendered the side toothless.Tempers frayed within five minutes of kick-off when, with Denmark's Thomas Delaney apparently attempting to play the ball into touch after Arter had gone down injured, Jeff Hendrick robbed him and raced in on goal before shooting wide, sparking an ugly


    Arter made a crucial 58th-minute goal-line clearance to keep his side level as he hacked away Simon Kjaer's header from a Lasse Schone corner. Shane Long teed up Cyrus Christie for a ferocious strike from outside the area which drew a fine save from Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Denmark threatened again when Pione Sisto picked out Martin Braithwaite, but his effort was well saved by Darren Randolph.

    The Irish had a late penalty appealed turned down when Shane Duffy was booked for diving after appearing to be bundled over.


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    South Africa trounce Seychelles South Africa trounce Seychelles KICKOFF MAGAZINE

    Bafana Bafana walloped the Seychelles 6-0 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.

    Bafana made a few changes following their dismal goalless draw at home to Libya in the last encounter. With many expecting them to win, Bafana were hoping not to disappoint.

    After an even start, Percy Tau came close to open the scoring when his free-kick struck the top of the crossbar on 12 minutes.

    Bafana found another chance when Lebohang Mothiba found space in the box to head off Sifiso Hlanti’s cross but the goalkeeper Bara was able to save on 17 minutes.

    The Seychelles were struggling to get in their groove and Lebohang Maboe’s long-range drive forced Bara to punch away for a corner.

    The pressure finally took its toll when Nigel headed into his own net after a free-kick from outside the box on 23 minutes.

    Bafana made it two thanks to Thulani Hlatshwayo propping up inside the box to head home Aubrey Modiba’s corner two minutes later.

    It was three before the half and hour mark as Mothiba turned his marker to hit the top corner after a nicely-laid pass from Maboe.

    Bafana were on the up and Tau nearly got in on the act later in the half when his shot from inside the box drew a save from Bara.

    Bafana continued from where the high which their game ended in the first period. Tau missed a one-on-one opportunity after going through from a long-ball, but failed to beat the on-rushing Bara.

    The South Africans kept coming for more goals and it was Tau again finding another perfect opportunity in front of goal, but shot horribly over the bar after beating the offside trap.

    At this rate, it was becoming a contest between Bara and Bafana, with the shot-stopper having to save another close-range effort from Modiba who combined well on the edge of the box with Kamohelo Mokotjo.

    The fourth did eventually arrive after combining well with Mothiba, Tau managed to round Bara to slot into an empty net on 74 minutes.

    Bafana were not done yet, with the visitors posing no threat at all the score-line increased. Substitute Dino Ndlovu came off the bench and ran onto a through ball for a nice finish.

    Another substitute Teboho Mokoena rounded off the clash in added time after heading home Hlanti’s cross.

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    The 2018 Mahindra KUV100 NXT packs more styleThe 2018 Mahindra KUV100 NXT packs more styleNew look, bolder stance The New KUV100 NXT enters the market with a bold new look, which includes a new grille, larger alloy wheels on the K8 variant and redesigned tail lamps. The New KUV 100 NXT offers an excellent value proposition of space along with safety features such as airbags and ABS from the base variant onwards. - Rajesh Gupta, CEO: Mahindra SA One of South Africa’s popular A-segment SUVs – the Mahindra KUV100 NXT – is set to become even more popular, thanks to additional new features and styling upgrades on the 2018 model.

    “The New KUV 100 NXT offers an excellent value proposition of space along with safety features such as airbags and ABS from the base variant onwards. This variant is expected to generate significant interest amongst the first-time buyers,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

    The New KUV100 NXT enters the market with a bold new look, which includes a new grille, larger alloy wheels on the K8 variant and redesigned tail lamps.

    The redesigned seven-slot grille appears to be more aggressive, and the number plate now sits atop a blacked-out bumper section; there is also a new silver skid plate to emphasise the KUV’s SUV-family genes. Mahindra has also created new blacked-out surrounds for the integrated fog lights, which are standard on the K8 variant.

    On the flanks, the new 15” diamond-cut dual-tone alloy wheels on the K8 sit in flared wheel arches that now feature redesigned cladding. On the roof, the integrated roof rails have been redesigned to be more aerodynamically efficient.

    Some of the most popular styling cues on The New KUV100 NXT, the fist-shaped side mirrors and the rear door handles in the C-pillars, have been retained, although the mirrors now incorporate the side turn signals.

    At the rear, the tail gate and rear bumper have been completely redesigned. The rear tail gate features deeper character lines that form around brand-new double-barrel rear combination lights and a new electronic latch on certain models. The headlights are now equipped with LED daytime running lights.

    The restyled rear bumper mirrors the trapezoidal design of the front bumper, with new integrated reflectors and a silver skid plate.

    Rounding off the rear design is a new tail-gate spoiler which was aerodynamically tested.

    Premium interior, more specifications

    The New KUV100 NXT upgrade continues inside the new model, where Mahindra has added new premium finishes to the higher-specification models. This includes new fabric upholstery, piano black detailing on certain specification levels and a new temperature control panel on models fitted with climate control.

    The New KUV100 NXT now also has a 7” (17.8 cm) touch screen on the K8 variant, which replaces the previous 3.5” display. This infotainment system is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and audio, image and video playback.

    Other luxury additions include a new remote boot-opening switch, a new gearshift indicator display, Intellipark reverse parking sensors and electrically foldable side mirrors on the K8.

    The additional luxury specifications on The New KUV100 NXT only add to its already impressive list of features such as power windows, tilt-adjustable power steering, air conditioning, central locking rear underfloor storage bins and foldable rear seats.

    On K6 and K8 models, this list of creature comforts grows to include a rear row armrest, a cooled glove box, follow-me-home and lead-me-to-vehicle headlights, remote keyless entry, speed-sensing door locks and front and rear 12V power outlets.

    High safety, security standards

    In keeping with Mahindra’s family-friendly nature, all variants of the KUV are equipped with dual front airbags, child safety locks on the rear doors, ABS with EBD (EBD available only on K6+ and K8 variants) and corner braking control (CBC).

    In addition, the K6+ and K8 versions of The New KUV100 NXT also have speed-sensing automatic door locks, automatic hazard warnings in emergency situations and a security alarm.

    Petrol and turbodiesel power

    The KUV100 NXT is available with the choice of two three-cylinderall-aluminium engines.

    The 1.2 mFalcon G80 petrol engine is equipped with multi-point fuel injection and dual-variable valve timing to deliver 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque. The 1.2 mFalcon D75 turbodiesel engine has common rail direct injection and an intercooler to deliver 57 kW and a generous 190 Nm of torque, with the latter peaking between 1 750 rpm and 2 250 rpm.

    On the K8 specification level, the diesel model is equipped with a micro-hybrid system that switches off the engine when the vehicle is not moving and immediately restarts the engine when the accelerator is pressed.

    Both engines drive the front wheels of the KUV100 through a five-speed manual gearbox.

    SUV-underpinnings refined further

    A large part of The New KUV100 NXT’s popularity is its SUV-style and functionality. This includes its higher-than-normal 170 mm ground clearance and its equally functional approach and departure angles of just under 22 degrees.

    Under the sheet metal, the KUV rides on independent McPherson struts suspension with dual path mounts and coil springs. At the rear, the suspension consists of semi-independent twist beams and coil springs, with all four corners also equipped with hydraulic gas-charged shock absorbers.

    The New KUV100 NXT has a wheelbase of 2.385 metres that has been intelligently utilised to offer seating for five adults and 243 litres of luggage space, which can be increased to 473 litres, with the rear seats folded flat. - Quickpic

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    Aanafaalama taya tsakaneke omupresidende ondjilakatiAanafaalama taya tsakaneke omupresidende ondjilakati ELLANIE SMIT

    Aanafaalama yopangeshefa oya popi kutya otaya ka yambidhidha Omupresidende Hage Geingob momaindilo ge getulululo lyomavi.

    Shoka osha kwatela mo okuninga omalunduluko moonkalo dhiilonga dhaaniilonga yomoofaalama, okushunitha pevi onkalo yoluhepo, okuyambulapo onkalo yuuntu yaaniilonga yomoofaalama oshowo okuyambidhidha aaniilonga mboka ye ya longela ethimbo uule uuna taya yi miipundi yokuvululukwa.

    Shoka otashi ka ningwa okupitila mehangano lyawo nokuyambidhidhwa koNamibian Agricultural Union (NAU).

    Mboka owumwe yomuutokolitho wa ningwa pethimbo lyomutumba gwokomvula gwoNAU, ngoka gwa ningwa sha landula omutumba gwevi omutiyali ngoka gwa ningwa omasiku ga piti, ngoka gwa pula opo ku kuthwe ko evi pwaahena iifuta yasha.

    Omupresidende gwoNAU, Ryno van der Merwe okwa popi kutya okwa tseyithilwa kutya Geingob okwa pula opo wumwe womuutokolitho mboka wa ningwa momutumba ngoka wu tulwe miionga, pethimbo lyOmutumba gwOlaata yOshilongo ngoka ga ningwa mEtiyali lyoshiwike sha piti.

    Nonando ongaaka okwa holola uumbanda we kutya wumwe womuutokolitho mboka wa ningwa pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka ngashiingeyi, owa li wa ningwa nale pethimbo lyomutumba gwotango ngoka gwa ningwa momvula yo 1991, ihe inawu tulwa miiloga, ngaashi uutokolitho kombinga yevi ndyoka li li momake gaazaizai.

    “Kandi na uumbanda washa otandi tsikile nuunafaalama wandje ngaashi shito. Itandi kala nda tila ngaashi nda li nda tila nale. Otu li megameno na okwa pumbwa okutsikila owala ngaashi shito.”

    Okwa popi kutya aanafalama yopangeshefa oye na ehogololo lyomukalo ngoka taya tsikile nago.

    Van der Merwe okwa yelitha kutya Geingob okwa pula aanafaalama yopangeshefa iikando ya thika puiyali opo ye mu tsakaneke ondjilakati.

    Pahapu dhaVan der Merwe, omupresidende okwa pula aanafalaama mboka opo ya hwepopaleke oonkalo yiilonga nuuntu yaaniilonga yawo moofaalama dhawo nokusimaneka woo onkatu yuuntu yaaniilonga mboka, mwa kwatelwa okuyambidhidha aaniilonga mboka ye ya longela ethimbo nuule, una taya thiki moomvula dhokuthiga po iilonga.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando ope na nale mboka taya ningi ngaashi sha pulwa komuleli gwoshilongo, oshindji natango osha pumbwa okuninga, ta pula aanafaalama ya longele kumwe.

    Aanafaalama yamwe oya popi kutya otaya landula eindilo lyomupresidende nomukumo.

    Van der Merwe okwa gwedha po kutya ehangano lyawo olya hala okukala nomushoondondo gwiinyangadhalwa yopashigwana mbyoka tayi ningwa kaanafaalama momidhingoloko dhawo niinyangadhalwa mboyka oya pumbwa okuhwahwamekwa, yo taya ka tsakanena natango nomupresidende nokumu pa omusholondondo gwiinyangadhalwa mbyoka.

    Aanafaalama mboka oya popi kutya kaye na nkene ihe oye na okuninga shoka tashi pulwa komuleli nokumutsakaneka ondjilakati.

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    Uukombunda tawu dhana onkandangala onene metanga lyegamenoUukombunda tawu dhana onkandangala onene metanga lyegameno Okwa nyenyetwa kutya Etanga lyEgameno lyaNamibia, ano Namibian Defence Force (NDF) olya kwatwa ko kombepo yuukombunda ngele tashi mokuyela aakwiita, moka aapombanda taya gandja owala oombandi kookume, oyana, aaholike nokwaaamboka yehole. Ø Taku ka ningwa omakonaakon okumona uukwashili momanyenyeto ngoka


    Iilyo yetanga ndyoka unene mokamba yoNDF yonomola 26 moGrootfontein oshowo mokamba yonomola 263 mOshakati oya nyenyeta omukalo gwomayelo ngoka tagu longithwa kaakombanda yawo miilonga, moka ya popi kutya aakwiita mboka yiilongela okuyelwa shili otaya dhengelwa pevi omanga omayelo taga pewa owala aantu yamwe.

    Iilyo mboka ya nyenyeta oya popi kutya momusholondondo gwoonakuyelwa ngoka gwa pitithwa muFebruali gwonuumvo, oya mono kutya iilyo yimwe mbyoka ya li ya hogololwa kaahona yawo opo yi yelwe oya kuthwa mo omusholondondo kookomanda nopomahala gawo opwa tulwa aantu yamwe.

    NDF ina vula okutinda nenge okukoleka omapopyo ngoka.

    Uuministeli owa popi kutya Mayola-Ndaji gwetanga ndyoka, John Mutwa, otaka ninga omakonakono nokukatuka oonkatu iikwatelela kiizemo yomakonaakono ngoka taka ninga.

    Ombaapila ndjoka ya monika koNamibian Sun, ya nuninwa Ominista yEgameno, Penda Ya Ndakolo, oya holola kutya aakomeho miilonga metanga lyegameno lyoshilongo oya kongo po omiklao dhokuyela aantu, moka ngashiingeyi aakwiita yamwe taya yelwa nokutulwa pomahala giilonga mpoka pe na nale aantu. Uuministeli okwa lopotwa poompito dhimwe tawu futu aantu omulongo pompito yiilonga yomuntu gumwe.

    Iilyo mbyoka ya nyenyeta oya popi kutya, omukalo ngoka tagu thindile pevi uuministeli ngele tashi ya kelongitho lyiimaliwa mokufuta oondjambi, molwaashoka otaku futwa aantu ye li omulongo pompito yimwe yiilonga. Oya pula Ndakolo, opo a gandje elombwelo kuMutwa, a ungaunge naanambelelwa mboka taya longo uulingilingi.

    Pamulandu gwoNDF, olutu lwomayele olwa pumbwa okukwatela mo ookomanda, aanambelewa aakomeho miilonga oshowo aanambelelwa yointelligence officers, nookomanda mbali dhookamba dhaakwiita.

    Oonakunyenyeta oya holola mombaaapila yawo ndjka ya shanga kutya omulandu ngoka ihagu landulwa naashoka osha etitha ookomanda dhi vule okukala owala tadhi gandja oombandi ku mboka yahala.

    Oya tsikile kutya omulandu ngoka ihagu landulwa naanambelewa ohaya gandja owala omusholondondo gaakwiita mboka yiilongela okuyelwa na oya pumbw aokupewa olupandu pakuyelwa, nookomanda taya ka ninga nduno omatokolo kutya oolye taya yelwa, nolundji omushoondondo ngoka haya pewa ohagu ka lundululwa yo pehala lyaamboka taya tula po okuume kawo, aakwanezimo, aanona yawo oshowo aaholike yawo, nokonima kwa ningwa omayelo opo owala omuntu haka mona kutya mboka ya li tulwa momusholondondo yamwe po inaya pita mo.

    Mboka okwa lopotwa haya pingenwa po naantu ya za kiikondo ya yooloka nolundji mboka haya pingenepo aantu kaye na ontseyo ya sha miilonga. Oya popi kutya omushondondo ngoka ohagu ningwa po owala okukengelela omukomeho ngoka ha shaina omusholondondo gwaamboka taya yelwa, ihe konima otaku yiwa pondje Ompango yEtanga lyEgameno nOmaihumbato yomomvula yo 2002, ontopolwa onti 30.

    Okwa hololwa polweela kutya muule woomvula 8 dhomayelo dha piti, aanambelewa yowarrant officers 10 , staff sergeants 11 oshowo osergeants 18 otaya longele oompito ndatu mokamba yo26th Brigade, omanga owarrant officers yahetatu , osergeants 9 oshowo ocorporals 12 taya longele oompito ndatu mo263rd Battalion.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, omupopiliko guuministeli mboka, Lieutenant-Colonel Petrus Shilumbu okwa popi kutya uuministeli kawu na ontseyo kombinga yomapopyo ngoka ga ningwa.

    Okwa popi kutya metanga lyawo omu na omilandu ndhoka handi landulwa uuna taku ningwa omanyenyeto, nomakuto miilonga nenge omayelo ohaga ningwa pamulandu gwetanga lyegameno.

    Okwa popi kutya uuministeli wawo owa kutha ko omanyenyeto ngoka na otawu ka ningwa omakonaakono nokukatuka oonkatu kwiikwatelelwa kiizemo mbyoka tawu ka mona.

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    Top Total Tara Rally 50th edition launchedTop Total Tara Rally 50th edition launchedDrivers geared for races. This year's rally will cover over 558 kilometres kicking off on 8 November at Swakopmund and ending on 10 November in Windhoek. The 50th edition of the Total Tara Rally was launched in Windhoek on Saturday, with 40 cars expected to take part in the three-day rally.

    Speaking at the launch, Windhoek Motor Club (WMC) chairperson Richard Slamet, who is also the organising committee chairperson for the Tara Rally, said organising the rally has a lot of hurdles but he is happy that everything is in place come the race date.

    “The Total Tara Rally is older than the Dakar Rally, which is now 39 years old. I am happy to see the Tara Rally celebrating its 50th anniversary because as a little boy, I watched this rally and had an opportunity to sit on the hood of my father's car and little did I know that I would also race in this event while at the same time organising its 50th anniversary,” he said.

    Slamet added that 40 vehicles have been registered to compete in this year's event.

    “It's really nice to have more cars taking part in the rally and what would be nice is seeing all of those cars completing the competition and not getting stuck somewhere because they are broken, as we all know the rally is harsh on cars,” Slamet said.

    Speaking at the same occasion, Pieter Greeff from the Walvis Bay Motor Club said this year would be special for the Tara Rally because they are going back to three days' racing as well as night racing, which has not happened for a while.

    The 50th edition of the Tara Rally is sponsored to the tune of N$150 000 by Total Namibia, which has been the sponsor of the event for 35 years.

    Willem de Witt, Total Namibia commercial manager, said they are happy to be sponsoring the event and they are looking forward to exciting racing that will be interesting and exciting to all spectators.

    Below is a brief summary of the routes of the three-day Tara Rally:

    Day 1: Thursday, 8 November - Rally starts in Swakopmund with four special stages, a portion of which will be night stages, totalling about 47km excluding liaison distances.

    Day 2: Friday, 9 November - Starts at Swakopmund at 07:00, goes through Karibib to Wilhelmstal on to Windhoek with night stages starting at 18:30. There will be 12 morning and afternoon special stages between Swakopmund and Wilhelmstal with two super special stages in Windhoek at the Tony Rust Racetrack.

    There are 12 brand new special stages totalling about 120km. Two super special stages at Tony Rust Racetrack will total about 12km, thus, day two stages in total will be 132km excluding liaison distances.

    Day 3: Saturday, 10 November - In and around Windhoek, five special stages totalling about 31km excluding liaison distances.

    The rally in total will comprise of special stages of 198km, super special stages of 12km and liaison sections of 347km.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Namibia out of Africa sevens
  • Namibia out of Africa sevensNamibia out of Africa sevens JESSE JACKSON


    Namibia's hopes of winning silverware at the 2018 Africa Men's Sevens in Tunisia have been dashed by Zambia and Madagascar.

    The team failed to make an impression at the 2018 Rugby Africa tournament.

    Namibia lost 24-19 to Madagascar and Zambia beat Namibia 28-7 to exit the competition at an early stage.

    The 12 best African teams (apart from South Africa) have been competing for the African Champion title.

    Côte d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo joined the competition this year after having been promoted from regional pre-qualification events. The Africa Men's Sevens tournament is the biggest African rugby event, with 12 teams from all over the continent: Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and Namibia.

    In 2017, Kenya did not take part in the annual African tournament as they had already qualified for the Sevens World Cup based on their performance in the previous World Cup.

    But this year, they are back in the game and as keen as ever to be crowned African champions.


    Kenya 49 - 0 Botswana; Uganda 45 - 0 Ghana; Zimbabwe 34 - 0 Mauritius; Madagascar 24 – 19 Namibia; Morocco 24 - 0 Botswana; Senegal 24 - 12 Ghana; Tunisia 31 - 10 Mauritius; Zambia 28 - 7 Namibia; Kenya 41 - 0 Morocco; Uganda 31 - 0 Senegal; Zimbabwe 26 - 5 Tunisia; Madagascar 19 - 12 Zambia.

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    Vague environment act to be amendedVague environment act to be amended The office of the environmental commissioner is in the process of amending environmental regulations in order to make them less ambiguous to ensure successful prosecutions.

    The environment ministry's conservation scientist, Ipeinge Mundjulu, told Namibian Sun upon enquiry that the 2007 Environmental Management Act (EMA) will be amended in order to address the loopholes that currently exist in the act, in particular as it relates to sand mining.

    Namibian Sun has, for months, published a series of articles on illegal sand mining, commonplace in the northern regions of Namibia where sand is being mined without obtaining the required permission.

    According to the act, all government institutions, companies, other organisations and individuals should first obtain a clearance certificate in order to mine sand.

    Illegal sand miners face fines of up to N$500 000 or 25 years in jail which, however, is said to be vague as the act does not define how an illegal sand miner will be fined and how the prosecution will take place as there are no existing cases which can be used as examples.

    Some argue that the reason why illegal sand mining continues is because the act is not clear and perpetrators commit the crime without fear of prosecution.

    “The act is not clear as to whether, for example, I will be fined based on the amount of sand they find in my possession or whether I will be fined while I am in the process of mining sand. The reason why illegal sand mining is continuing unabatedly is because the act is not clear. I say to you that to date, no one has been prosecuted for mining sand, maybe warned, but not prosecuted,” a source said on the condition of anonymity.

    Meanwhile Ipeinge said that it is for those reasons, which include how to fine a perpetrator, that the ministry saw a need to amend the act.

    “We understand that there are loopholes in the act and that is why we are in the process of amending it. All those loopholes will be addressed once the act is amended,” Ipeinge said. He however warned the current contractors who are mining sand illegally to stop immediately and apply for the clearance certificates as they can still be prosecuted.

    Furthermore the days will soon be over for sand mining companies who are currently mining without being monitored and controlled on-site, as people will be employed to be on standby at burrow

    pits. This is one of the ministry's attempts to ensure that illegal sand mining in the country.


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    Commercial farmers come to the partyCommercial farmers come to the partyResolved to meet Geingob halfway Namibian commercial farmers say they are ready to actively participate in land reform and upliftment. Commercial farmers last week resolved to heed President Hage Geingob's call on land reform.

    This includes the improvement of farmworkers' living standards, to reduce poverty, to improve the dignity of farmworkers and also to support long-service farmworkers through their retirement.

    This will be managed through farmers associations and supported by the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU).

    It was also resolved that mentorship programmes must be expanded.

    The resolution was made during the annual congress of the NAU. This followed the recently concluded land conference during which the expropriation of land without compensation and other matters were discussed.

    NAU president Ryno van der Merwe said that he was informed that Geingob during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday already instructed the land reform minister to implement some of the resolutions that were taken during the land conference.

    He however eased fears of commercial farmers saying that some of the resolutions that were taken during the land conference were already taken during the first land conference in 1991, but were never implemented. An example of this is the expropriation of foreign-owned land.

    “I am not afraid. I will continue farming as usual. I will not be frightened like I was before. We are safe and we must continue as normal.”

    He said commercial farmers therefore have a choice about the way forward.

    Van der Merwe explained that Geingob called upon the commercial farmers twice to meet him halfway.

    According to Van der Merwe, the president called on farmers to improve farmworkers' living standards, to acknowledge and improve the dignity of farmworkers and also to support long-service farmworkers through retirement, through either providing housing or giving them land.

    “I am not willing to have the president ask me a third time what we have done regarding his call.”

    He told commercial farmers that even though the changes they have to implement are not big, everyone has to come on board.

    “I know that there are some of us that are already doing more than is being asked, some are almost there, but then there others that are doing the minimum.”

    He asked farmers if they are willing to accept the challenge from the president.

    “Are you willing or not? If you are not willing then you will have to elect another president to represent you, but if you are willing, we will have to work on plans. My message is not one of fear, but of urgency and pride.”

    One the farmers said that they will heed the call of the president. “We are proud and we have to show this by way of our deeds.”

    Another farmer said that he is willing to give his support and help with the process of land reform.

    “In this context we do not have a choice but to say yes. We will have to do it and we will have to persevere,” another farmer replied.

    Another commercial farmer said that he feels that all farmers must come to the party especially when it comes to creating jobs and caring for old people.

    Van der Merwe also added that the union wants to create a record of all social initiatives and projects that farmers are involved with in their areas and that this must be promoted more.

    According to another farmer they do not have a choice but to meet Geingob half way. “We will come to the party.”

    “We must go back to the president with a list of all these initiatives and projects that each and every one of us is involved in in our communities and that we never made public.”


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    Australia claims Youth Olympics golf double gloryAustralia claims Youth Olympics golf double glory Australian golfers Grace Kim and Karl Vilips held their nerve in pressure-filled final rounds to secure gold medals in their respective events at the Youth Olympics.

    Vilips rallied late to beat American Akshay Bhatia by two strokes in the boys' individual stroke play while Kim secured a three-shot victory by closing out the girls' tournament on Thursday with a final-round 71.

    “I was five [shots] back through 11 holes, then hit a ball out of bounds but made a 45-footer [putt] for bogey which turned everything around,” said Vilips, who finished the tournament four under par. “I have never been so happy making a bogey.”

    Jerry Ji of the Netherlands grabbed bronze in the boys' event with a final score of one over par.

    In the girls' competition, Kim finished one over par, comfortably overcoming the Philippines' Yuka Saso, Austria's Emma Spitz and Italy's Alessia Nobilo, who contested a playoff after tying for second at four over.

    Nobilo eventually prevailed to secure the silver medal, with Spitz clinching bronze.

    The results leave Vilips and Kim as firm favourites to win the mixed team competition starting on Saturday. However Bhatia vowed to put up a fight alongside his partner Lucy Li, who became a global sensation when she competed in the 2014 US Open aged 11. “It's going to be awesome playing with Lucy just because of how good she is,” said Bhatia, who won this year's Junior Ryder Cup in partnership with Li. “How good we are going to be together is scary.”


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    James keys Colombia's win over USAJames keys Colombia's win over USA A Colombian team lead by James Rodriguez beat an inexperienced United States 4-2 on Thursday in an international football friendly in Tampa, Florida.

    James put the Cafeteros in the lead with a spectacular effort from the edge of the penalty area in the 36th minute, thrilling a largely pro-Colombia crowd at Raymond James Stadium.

    The United States responded with two goals in the space of three minutes by Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood early in the second half that gave the hosts a 2-1 lead.

    But Colombia rose to the challenge with goals from Carlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja to secure the


    “I thought in moments it was good, moments we can do better,” said US midfielder Michael Bradley, making his first international appearance since he captained the side that fell to the devastating loss at Trinidad & Tobago one year and one day ago that saw the US miss this year's World Cup in


    “The response at the beginning of the second half was pretty good,” Bradley said. “We let ourselves down a little bit towards the middle of the second half. Obviously they're a good team. They challenge you in different ways and obviously that's what these nights are


    “It's experience, it's little by little guys understanding what nights like this are like,” Bradley said of the learning curve facing caretaker coach Dave Sarachan's young side.

    Colombia, meanwhile, drew on the world class talent of Falcao and Bayern Munich midfielder James, who made his presence felt throughout as he returned to international duty.

    Falcao had a chance in the fourth minute after Santiago Arias got past Antonee Robinson and John Brooks to fire in a pass to Falcao who fired high from the top of the area.

    The threats kept coming and the pressure paid off in the 36th when James collected the ball on the right edge of the area and curled a left-footed shot into the far corner of Zack Steffen's


    James nearly doubled the score five minutes later but his close-range shot was thwarted by a sliding Matthew Miazga.

    Unbowed, the United States grabbed the equaliser five minutes into the second half when Robinson's cross found an unmarked Acosta who fired past Colombian keeper David


    Wood struck just three minutes later after solid work by Tim Weah on the left side, but the US lead would be short-lived.

    Bacca equalised three minutes later, and Falcao put Colombia ahead in the 74th on Falcao's side-footed a shot past


    Moments later Falcao exited for Borja, who added a final touch with an entertaining overhead kick that Steffen couldn't reel in.

    Colombia's North American tour continues on Tuesday against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey, when the United States will face Peru in



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    Coe ready for IAAF to rule on Russia's returnCoe ready for IAAF to rule on Russia's return World athletics Chief Sebastian Coe told AFP that a decision on whether or not Russia will have their ban from international competition lifted “will probably” be made in December.

    However Coe, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), admitted that “we will have to wait and see” if WADA, the global anti-doping body, was right to lift its three-year ban on Russia's own anti-doping agency.

    The ban was introduced in 2015 after Russia's ministry of sport and secret service was found guilty of masterminding institutional doping.

    Now, the spotlight is on Coe to allow Russia back into international track and field competition when the IAAF Council meets in Monaco on December 4.

    When asked if there will be a decision on reinstatement, 62-year-old Coe told AFP: “Yes there will be”.

    “There'll be a meet in the coming weeks with the Russian Athletics Federation, as we have always done in the past, we will wait for the recommendations of the working group and the Council will deliberate according to my recommendation.

    “But yes, there will probably be some decision at the Council meeting in December in Monaco.”

    Coe had said following WADA's controversial decision to lift the ban that Russia needed to meet two pre-conditions to be allowed to return to international athletics competition.

    Firstly, Russian authorities must acknowledge the findings of reports that sports ministry officials were implicated in the scheme to cover up the doping of Russian athletes.

    And secondly Russian authorities must provide access to the data from testing of samples at the Moscow laboratory from 2011-2015, so that the Athletics Integrity Unit can determine whether the suspicious findings reported in the Moscow lab's database should be pursued.

    Coe said time will tell if WADA who were accused of betraying clean athletes by their decision to lift their Russia ban were right.

    “We'll have to see. It is very important that athletes can get answers to a very important question and that it is simple: do you trust the system?” said Coe.

    “The athletes ask that question, so the IAAF, WADA, the International Olympic Committee all those organisations have to give evidence to the clean athletes that the system is a clean system.

    “The philosophy of the IAAF was very clear. It was to try to separate the clean athletes from a contaminated system, and that is why we have a neutral status for Russian athletes.

    “But, of course, it has to be our ambition to have Russian athletes again representing their country. That has to be the final goal.”


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    Mboweni to save bold moves for Feb budgetMboweni to save bold moves for Feb budgetTax analysts say New South African finance Mminister Tito Mboweni will stick to the script laid out by his predecessor Nhlanhla Nene when he delivers the mini budget later in October, according to tax experts. Having a new minister on board two weeks prior is unlikely to have a marked effect on the mini budget- Bernard Sacks , Senior Tax Partner, Mazars At a panel discussion on Thursday about the medium-term budget policy statement, tax specialists from auditing, accounting and consulting group Mazars shared their expectations.

    Mboweni will deliver the mini budget in Parliament on October 24.

    'Months of planning'

    Senior tax partner Bernard Sacks said that it would not be a matter of simply writing a speech and delivering it.

    "The speech and documentation behind the speech are based on months of careful planning by a dedicated team at National Treasury," he said.

    "Having a new minister on board two weeks prior is unlikely to have a marked effect on the mini budget."

    Although the changes are disruptive, Sacks is confident that the team at Treasury is professional and have put together the "best policy statement".

    "I don't think we will see significant changes, arising from the appointment of Mboweni, in the document," he added. Mboweni is likely to "stamp authority" in the February budget, but it won't be the case for the mini budget.

    RMB Head of Research Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana echoed similar views in a market update issued earlier this week.

    "We believe that it (Mboweni's appointment) will have no bearing on the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement.

    "While Nene played a crucial role in negotiating the funding of the stimulus package from within the confines of the current fiscal framework, he would have had little to do with the formulation of the actual document, which should be near completion," said Ramkhelawan-Bhana.

    Tax rate amendments 'unlikely'

    Tertius Troost, tax manager at Mazars, explained that it was unlikely that amendments to tax rates would be introduced in the mini budget.

    The finance minister will be able to confirm if SARS has been on track in terms of collecting the R1.345trn targeted revenue. However, the recessionary environment will impact revenue collections, as this target was set assuming economic growth of 1.5%.

    The South African Reserve Bank, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have all revised down growth rates for the year.

    National head of tax Mike Teuchert said that revenue collections depended heavily on the economy. "If the economy trudges well, we will be in a position where we can reach targets," he said.

    If the growth rate declines it will have a direct impact on revenue collections. Businesses won't be doing great, which means employees might not be given increases; and, worse yet, there could be job shedding, he explained. Consumers, who will have less income, will also put VAT collections under pressure, he warned.

    "The minister will tell us if we will reach our target or if we have to revise it," said Teuchert.

    Chief economist of Old Mutual Investment Group Johann Els told Fin24 by phone on Thursday afternoon that the mini budget is a chance for the minister to give an update on the progress made since the February budget. Els said there would be an indication of how government plans to reprioritise spend to loosen the R50bn required for President Cyril Ramaphosa's economic stimulus package.

    Mboweni will only make "significant changes" at next year's National budget announcement, but he is likely to stick to the path of fiscal consolidation, Els emphasised.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: 'Save public enterprises'
  • 'Save public enterprises''Save public enterprises'Bill finally tabled The sector is in a dire situation and requires a quick fix. Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, made an urgent appeal on the National Assembly to pass the much-anticipated and long overdue Public Enterprises Governance Bill, as a measure to save the parastatal sector.

    The Bill was tabled at the National Assembly last week and comes nearly three years after the ministry was established, which was justified as a mechanism to implement a centralised ownership model for public enterprises.

    Jooste said the proposed Bill will strengthen the government's oversight functions and thereby strengthen the ability of the state to become a professional shareholder.

    He said the ministry has since spent countless hours analysing and diagnosing the core reasons for the “obvious failure” of most State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) and said overwhelming reasons for this failure is because of the “highly flawed” dual governance model, which is currently in place.

    “This is not a Namibian failure as such but rather a common global scenario, which is why many countries that have already migrated towards a more centralised governance and ownership model are in the process of doing so,” Jooste said.

    The context for the urgency for the Bill to be passed lies in the available figures.

    The portfolio of public enterprises has a total asset value of N$93 billion since the end of June. It employs 17 224 people. The total liabilities of this sector, however, amount to a whopping N$44 billion, which leaves it with a net asset value of just N$49 billion. The commercial public enterprises have a N$62 billion asset value, N$30 billion liabilities, an annual income of N$23 billion and an expenditure of N$21 billion and a profitability of just N$1.9 billion. This gives a return on assets of only around 1.2%. Jooste said the promulgation of the Bill is of utmost importance to unlock and facilitate the revival of Namibia's economy at a time when it is sorely needed.


    “We shall introduce multiple measures to eradicate mismanagement, corruption and overall poor performance to effectively enhance shareholder value and to ensure the efficient and effective supply and delivery of services and products on behalf of the state,” Jooste said.

    He said there is no evidence that a dual governance model has ever worked effectively in any country.

    The ministry has developed a hybrid governance model. Under this, public enterprises will be classified as commercial, non-commercial or extra-budgetary fund.

    The ministry will make recommendations to Cabinet on the declaration and classification of these entities, and upon consideration of the classification, the entities will be expected to generate sustainable profits and pay dividends to the State.

    An extra-budgetary fund is a fund whose only source of revenue comes from the government through budgetary allocations or tax-related levies.

    The minister can make any provision of the Bill applicable to any public institution and its governance structures. The minister will also represent the government as the shareholder of the commercial public enterprises, and can appoint or remove board members.

    The minister can dictate what information the entities must provide to the ministry, spell out the duties of the board, what records to be kept, under what circumstances and penalties can be meted out against erring entities, what methods should be employed in investigations, and dictate performance measurements.


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    Namibia calls for review on wildlife trade banNamibia calls for review on wildlife trade ban Namibia's environment minister Pohamba Shifeta has urged for a review on the blanket ban on the trade of wildlife products, including rhino horns and ivory, in order to better curb the poaching epidemic threatening the survival of high-value species.

    Speaking at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London last week, Shifeta told delegates Namibia believes that “banning any trade in products will not necessarily achieve the outcome of stopping the demand and illegal trade. This has not been successful with alcohol, drugs and indeed, rhino horn, pangolin scales and ivory.”

    Shifeta said important decisions should be based on “science and we call for objective scientific review of the current theory that supports blanket bans on wildlife products.”

    Shifeta drew on statistics that have shown that despite an international ban implemented in 1975 through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora on rhino horns, the population has declined “relentlessly and catastrophically” through poaching and a thriving illegal market.

    He said Namibia is strongly opposed to the “current trend in international thinking which has drifted from eliminating illegal supply into closing all supply in an attempt to eliminate the demand for some wildlife products.”

    Costs of protection

    At the conference, Shifeta highlighted the steep costs of protecting wildlife against the surge of poachers.

    He said as poaching incidences of high-value wild animals intensified, so the costs to protect and keep these animals safe rise.

    As an example, he said the cost of protecting a rhino is around N$1 000 per day, which translates to N$30 000 per rhino per month.

    In Namibia, which has a population of more than 3 500 rhinos, approximately N$105 million is needed per month to protect the entire country's rhino population, including those in private ownership.


    Shifeta highlighted a number of steps Namibia has taken in recent years to address the poaching epidemic, including a steep increase in penalties if anyone is found guilty of wildlife crimes.

    Fines related to poaching of elephant and rhino, were increased from a maximum N$ 200 000 to N$25 million, and imprisonment from a period of 20 years to 25 years.

    Anti-poaching units have been created and training intensified for prosecutors, investigators and magistrates.

    He said while the CITES ban has done little to curb poaching of rhinos and elephants, in contrast, the Nile crocodile has fared much better within the scope of organised trade.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Koch gets eight years
  • Koch gets eight yearsKoch gets eight years A Swakopmund resident found guilty of harbouring minor children for sexual exploitation, was sentenced to an effective eight years imprisonment at the close of last week.

    On 18 September 2018, Bertus Koch, 41, was found guilty on five counts of receiving and harbouring five minor girls between the ages of nine and 13 for sexual exploitation between November 2015 and May 2016 in the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund.

    Koch was also found guilty on five alternative counts dealt with under the provisions of the Combating of Indecent and Immoral Practices Act 7 of 2000 for having exposed the five minor girls to pornographic material and for undressing himself and exposing his private parts in full view of the girls.

    On the five charges (counts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) in respect of the child trafficking convictions, Koch was sentenced to five years imprisonment for each count of which one year was suspended for a period of five years on condition that he is not convicted of child trafficking or committing or attempting to commit sexual acts with a child under the age of 16, committed during the period of suspension.

    In respect of the five convictions under the Combating of Immoral Practices Act (being the alternatives to counts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10), Koch was sentenced to one year imprisonment on each count which were ordered to run concurrently with the sentence imposed in count 3.

    The sentences imposed in respect of counts, 5, 7 and 8 were also ordered to run concurrently with the sentence imposed in count 1.

    In the result, Koch was, therefore, sentenced to an effective term of eight years imprisonment.

    “The morally harmful pornographic pictures displayed on the walls of Bertus Koch's bedroom seems to me to be one possible attraction why the minor girls kept going to the convict's home time and time again and it was during those visits that Koch at times indecently exposed himself to the girls and demanded to have sex with them,” said High Court Judge President, Petrus Damaseb when handing down the punishment.

    According to the Damaseb, Koch has betrayed his community's trust considering the manner in which he exposed the young victims to such morally deplorable, harmful pornographic material and lewd conduct.

    “Society expects of adults to look out for the vulnerable and not to exploit them. Your betrayal of that trust aggravates the offences you committed,” Damaseb said as he sentenced Koch.

    In her submissions in respect of the type of sentence to be imposed, State Advocate Innocentia Nyoni also asked for a direct custodial sentence because Koch took advantage of the youthfulness and vulnerability of the victims to sexually exploit them.

    Koch's State-funded defence lawyer Mpokiseng Dube wanted the court to impose a lenient sentence because his client has HIV and is on anti-retroviral treatment.

    Koch was, however, found not guilty and discharged on other five counts of rape following the prosecution's failure to prove these charges beyond reasonable doubt.

    Evidence presented before court during trial had it that Koch lured the minor girls into his house with the promise of food and sweets.

    His trial was conducted behind closed doors as the victims were all minors.

    Koch is a first-time offender.

    He will serve his custodial sentence at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, where he was kept since his arrest in 2017.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: The deadly puncher
  • The deadly puncherThe deadly puncherWalter is a knockout king The time has come for Walter 'Executioner' Kautondokwa to prove that he is one of the world's greatest knockout specialists. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

    Namibia has had many great boxers, but there is one that possesses a lethal and deadly thunder punch.

    Walter 'Executioner' Kautondokwa is feared for one reason and that is his ferocious boxing style.

    The Namibian boxer had a dream of fighting for the prestigious world title for many years.

    His journey to finally getting a crack at the world title has not been easy.

    Many fighters around the world always skip the name of the Namibian whenever they chose their opponents for world titles. The reason is that they fear Kautondokwa's professional boxing record.

    The Namibian has dropped almost anyone he has faced in his professional boxing career.

    Born in November 1984 in Eenhana, Kautondokwa made his debut in 2013 against Muapi Mothipa in Oshikango.

    Kautondokwa won the fight by a unanimous decision. It was the last fight that he did not win by a knockout.

    His next fight was against Thomas Shangula at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino. Fighting in front of the big city crowd and a top venue did not distract Kautondokwa.

    He took on Shangula and dropped him with a knockout to win his second career fight. By that time, Kautondokwa was just an ordinary fighter rising in the ranks of Namibian boxing.

    It took him three years and nine fights before he got a crack at his first African title fight.

    In August 2016, Kautondokwa went up against Walter Dlamini for the vacant WBO Africa middleweight title.

    His fierce punches proved too strong for Dlamini and Walter became the new WBO Africa middleweight champion.

    The 'Executioner continued tormenting boxers for years, retaining the WBO Africa title until he was rated number-two in that division.

    The boxer and his promoter, Nestor Tobias, always kept their eyes on a world title fight.

    Their wait is over.

    The 'Executioner' will fight for the WBO interim middleweight world title against Demetrius Andrade on 20 October.

    “I thank the good Lord for blessing me with this opportunity. I laid my mom to rest just a few days ago but I am more determined now than ever to go out there and make her proud,” Kautondokwa said after the fight was announced.

    After so many years of unsuccessful bids to fight for a world crown, the Namibian is now close to achieving his dream of becoming a global champion.

    This was after the cancellation of Billy Joe Saunders's mandatory defence against Andrade.

    This resulted in WBO president Paco Valcarcel saying his organisation would sanction an Andrade/Kautondokwa fight for its interim middleweight title, because it would afford Saunders an opportunity to appeal the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission's denial of his WBO licence application.

    The commission's decision caused the cancellation of the Saunders/Andrade fight, which had been slated for 20 October at TD Garden in Boston.

    Eddie Hearn, Andrade's promoter, had arranged prior to the Massachusetts commission's meeting on Tuesday for Kautondokwa to face Andrade in the event Saunders couldn't get a licence.

    Kautondokwa (17-0, with 16 KOs) is ranked number-two among the WBO's middleweight contenders.

    “I am truly humbled by this opportunity. I have only ever fought outside of Namibia once in my professional career, but I am not intimidated to fight in the USA,” the boxer


    “I am from the Land of the Brave and although I am relatively unknown and most definitely the underdog going into this fight, it gives me a great advantage to focus on doing my best and surprising my opponent and the


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    The taxability of rental deposits receivedThe taxability of rental deposits received A general pitfall we see being applied in practice is that landlords argue the fact that because they have an unconditional liability to repay the rental deposits this means that the deposits received are not taxable.

    This is not entirely correct.

    In the context of the gross income definition, income is taxable on the earlier of receipt or accrual.

    “Reveived by” or “accrued to” is not defined in our Income Tax Act and we normally refer to case lase to establish the meaning thereof.

    In the case of Geldenhuys v CIR 1947 (3) SA 256 (C); 14 SATC 419, the court held that “income is received by or accrued to a taxpayer once the taxpayer is unconditionally entitled to the income and received such income for its own benefit.”

    In the case of Greases (SA) Ltd v CIR 195 (3) 518 (A); 17 SATC 358, the court held that “for a deposit amount to be excluded from gross income, it must be received and held in a “trust”. The money should not be allowed to freely mix with the business money and uses it as deems fit, but rather kept separate to earn interest for the benefit of the person to be refunded.”

    As can be seen from the above guidance, careful consideration must be given on how you receive this money and what you apply it for.

    Once the deposit is deposited into your normal operational bank account, and you are able to use the deposit as you deem fit (e.g. to fund you normal daily expenses), you are considered as having received it for your own benefit and on your own behalf. Therefore the amount received is taxable even though you might, at a later stage, have a liability to refund the deposit again.

    Landlords must thus remember to plan for the tax effect of rental deposits received to ensure that the tax is correctly accounted for.

    Johan Nel is a partner: corporate tax service at PwC Namibia. This series on tax is published in Market Watch bi-monthly on a Monday.

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    Africa’s intra-trade at only 14%Africa’s intra-trade at only 14%//Hoebes at SWAITEX Overcoming hurdles and challenges will spur industrial development and strengthen intra-continental trade. SWAKOPMUND – Africa’s intra-trade amounts to only 14%, whereas it is more comfortable to trade with foreign and international markets at a figure of 86% of total trade per year.

    These statistics were mentioned by the deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, Christine //Hoebes, during the official opening of the Swakopmund International Trade Exposition (SWAITEX) last week.

    Some of the reasons for the low level investment include the poor coordination across the different trading blocs, diverse currencies and mistrust, among other factors.

    “If we are serious about joining and remaining on the development trajectory, then there is an urgent need to work on confidence building mechanisms and establish infrastructure such as rail, road and telecommunications networks as well as information communication technology,” //Hoebes stated.

    She stressed that overcoming these hurdles and challenges will spur industrial development and strengthen intra-continental trade.

    “This will not only create jobs but it will also have the added advantage of diversifying Africa’s economies that are largely dependent on raw materials.”

    //Hoebes added that smaller African countries such as Namibia will no longer be restricted to producing their traditional products and that with better policies and human resources, they can become the locus of new manufacturing operations that would serve wider markets.

    “By creating a single economic space with harmonised trade policies and a regulatory framework, the Continental Free Trade Agreement could address the problem of multiple memberships, rationalise trade negotiations and above all, ease movement of goods and people,” she said.

    //Hoebes commented that trade fairs and expos, particularly the SWAITEX, have an important role to play in the marketing of the country’s products and in presenting the market to traders.

    “The government of Namibia therefore supports these events because of the value, which such fairs add to our efforts towards increasing local production, import substitution and increased local economic development.”

    Over the past six years, SWAITEX has hosted exhibitors over a wide spectra comprising of the mining, finance, tourism, transport and logistics, energy and more industries at both large and small and medium enterprises. - Nampa

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    Vugs fights removal from NAC board Vugs fights removal from NAC board JEMIMA BEUKES

    Former deputy board chairperson of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Beverley Gawanas-Vugs is dragging works minister John Mutorwa to court after he sacked her from the board on Thursday.

    Last week, Mutorwa announced changes to the NAC board, naming Leake Hangala as the board chair while Irene Visser replaced Gawanas-Vugs.

    Gawanas-Vugs had been acting as board chairperson following the resignation of Rodgers Kauta two months ago. Her term was only due to expire in July next year.

    Her lawyer, Sisa Namandje, confirmed that he was preparing an urgent application in a bid to reverse Gawanas-Vugs’s removal from the board.

    In a letter to Mutorwa on Friday, Namandje wrote that the Namibia Airports Act did not give the minister the right to remove directors and demanded that his client be reinstated by close of business on Friday.

    “We have advised our client that quite apart from the fact that our client was not given reasonable and fair notice of her removal and was further not given a fair and reasonable opportunity to make representation as to why she cannot be removed as board member, the minister did not follow any statutory processes in terms of the Companies Act of 2004,” he wrote.

    Gawanas-Vugs only learned of her removal through the media.

    Meanwhile, the newly appointed board chairman of the Namibia Airports Company, Leake Hangala, said the most important thing on his mind was to turn around the fortunes of the parastatal.

    “I know it is a hot seat, but I will have to acquaint myself talk to colleagues at the board and all the stakeholders and then we take it from there. I think what is important is what we all can do to turn around the fortunes of this important enterprise,” said Hangala.

    Rudolph Rittman, Grace Muhamed and Ipupa Kasheeta remain in their positions as board members.

    Mutorwa said the NAC board chairperson and vice-chairperson appointments came into effect from 11 October 2018 would run until 1 August 2019.

    Attempts to reach Mutorwa and the spokesperson of the works ministry Julius Ngweda were unsuccessful.

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    Broken equipment threatens livesBroken equipment threatens lives There is a crisis at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, where many diagnostic machines are out of order and red tape is causing delays in replacing or repairing them.

    The equipment at the only referral hospital catering to patients from all the northern regions and southern Angola is overused because of the high demand.

    The CT scanner, fluoroscopy, mammogram, digital X-ray and C-Arm medical imaging devices are among the equipment that has been out of order for quite some time, the hospital's medical superintendent, Dr Korbinian Vizcaya Amutenya, has confirmed.

    An elderly woman who was referred to the hospital for diagnosis from the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital on 28 August was sent back home untreated because of a broken CT scanner.

    According to this pensioner's family her condition is getting worse.

    “Every time we take her to the hospital we are told that there is nothing they can do pending the scanner results. We do not know until when she will be like this,” said a family member.

    Amutenya confirmed that the CT scanner was among many machines that are not functioning, but he said the scanner only broke down last week.

    “Appart from the CT scanner, there are also other machines that are not working. The fluoroscopy, the mammogram, digital X-ray and we just received the C-Arm last week. These are some of the equipment that is not functional at the moment. We have already put in requisitions and the ministry is aware,” Amutenya said.

    “We have to put in requisitions through the procurement management units so that we can procure those items. This equipment is not manufactured here, it is manufactured in foreign countries and has to be produced according to our specifications, and this is taking long.”

    Amutenya said depending on patients' situations, they refer patients who need imaging studies to Windhoek or to private hospitals.

    “There is equipment in Windhoek and we always send patients there. If it is an emergency we can send patients to private institutions, however at private institutions it's costly and especially during this dry period one will not wish to go that route. However sometimes we are forced to do so by the situation because we cannot compromise on people's health,” he said.

    Amutenya says machines are breaking down because the Oshakati hospital is a referral hospital for all the district hospitals in the Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kavango and Kunene regions. Angolan healthcare services also refer patients there.

    It is reported that the hospital provides healthcare to more than 950 000 people.

    “All these patients are coming to us, but the equipment that we have is not commensurate with the demand. For example, the CT scanner that broke is designed to make only about 200 000 sorties before replacing the tube, but because of the demand, when ours broke it had made more than 500 000 sorties,” Amutenya explained.

    “We are supposed to have at least two or three scanners so that they can operate smoothly, but since we are in a resource-limited setting we have to work with what we can afford.”


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    Loved and hated, Pik Botha diesLoved and hated, Pik Botha diesMixed legacy for South African politician Many remember the late Pik Botha for his contribution to Namibia's freedom while others say he exploited the country for the benefit of the whites. For all the things they have done, good or bad, politicians eventually have to account after death.

    These were the last words of Pik Botha to Namibian Sun during an interview in July this year when he shared his memories of the late Theo-Ben Gurirab.

    Three months later he himself died at the age of 86.

    While he was known as one of the few liberal and sensible senior National Party politicians, Botha also has a rather stained history which affected southern African black people badly.

    Botha was nonetheless hailed for his negotiating skills which eventually cemented the way for Namibia's independence in 1990.

    As many praised him for his wisdom to realise that apartheid was no longer sustainable and negotiations with ANC and Swapo had to be considered, others thought he was “no angel”.

    Workers Revolutionary Party political secretary Hewat Beukes said Botha would be remembered as an enemy of poor black Namibians.

    “He was instrumental in maintaining the apartheid and colonial status quo. He ensured that the white commercial farmers, the capitalists and the mining companies maintain their properties while black people continue to languish in poverty,” said Beukes.

    Botha spent a great deal of his political career as a staunch defender of the apartheid system, and his death will be greeted by older Namibians with mixed feelings. The Popular Democratic Movement's (PDM) Nico Smit said he remembers Botha as a real diplomat who understood and sympathised with the idea that Namibia's people longed to run their own affairs, free from colonial interference and manipulation by South Africa.

    “Botha clearly understood the bigger picture in southern Africa during the 1980s, namely that the continued denial of independence to Namibia was destabilising South Africa and could not be indefinitely sustained.

    “On the other hand, the mainly white Afrikaans-speaking Namibians who saw Namibia's future as closely linked to that of South Africa will remember Botha as a traitor to their cause, someone who wanted to send them off into an unknown and possibly dangerous future,” Smit said.

    He added that few people in Namibia would dispute the fact that Botha was one of the main supporters of and fighters for the independence of Namibia in a South African cabinet that was largely conservative under the leadership of President PW Botha.

    “The fact that he managed to hold onto his job for so many years, he was South Africa's longest serving foreign affairs minister, under such circumstances is evidence of his strong character and persuasive personality,” Smit said.

    Judging from social media commentary and media reports it is clear that Botha made as many enemies as he made friends.

    Known as one of the most recognisable faces of the brutal and ugly regime of apartheid, Botha managed to vindicate himself and eventually served as mineral and energy affairs minister under President Nelson Mandela.

    Namibian diplomat Tuliameni Kalomoh said he became convinced that Botha was not a hardliner.

    “But the political environment at the time did not allow him to express himself about his views on self-determination for black people,” he said.

    Kalomoh also believed that it was in fact Botha's wisdom that prevailed and ensured that negotiations eventually started for freedom for both Namibia and South Africa.

    In 1986 Botha earned the ire of the National Party and President PW Botha when he predicted that South Africa might one day have a black president.

    Pik Botha later went on to join the African National Congress (ANC) in 2000. In a BBC interview in 2013, he praised Mandela for “his capacity to forgive”.

    Botha's son, Roelof Botha, said he was extremely proud to have been his father's son.

    “He was so proud of the contribution he had made to the independence of Namibia and the freedom in Angola,” said Botha Junior.

    Namibia's vice-president, Nangolo Mbumba, expressed the government's sympathy with the family.


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    V-Power and NamPol register first winsV-Power and NamPol register first wins NAMPA

    V-Power Angels and Khomas NamPol collected their first three points of the season after recording victories in the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Skorpion Zinc Women’s Super League on Saturday.

    The second round of the season in the Women Super League took place at the NFA Technical Centre in the capital.

    V-Power and NamPol, who only collected a point each after their goalless draw in the opening round of the league, displayed dominance on Saturday, beating their opponents convincingly in a one-sided match.

    Khomas NamPol showed a dominant display when they took on Galz & Goals who started their campaign with a six-goal win over Omaheke Queens last week.

    NamPol gave the youthful girls a taste of their own medicine as the police team dominated the match that ended 3-0 in their favour.

    V-Power Angels also showed dominance, beating Omaheke Queens 4-0 after an impressive display in the second half.

    This weekend saw the five fixtures registering 23 goals compared to 17 goals that were scored in the opening fixtures last weekend.

    In other fixtures also played on Saturday, Tura Magic continued with their dominance as they handed Unam Bokkies their second defeat of the season. Tura Magic were in a class of their own and comfortably won the match 5-0.

    Right Way were held to a 3-3 draw by Swakopmund-based Namib Daughters.

    Girls Football Academy also registered their first win of the season after handing NUST Babes their second defeat of the season with a 3-2 score line.

    The NFA Skorpion Zinc Women’s Super League will continue next weekend.

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    Pick n Pay Cycle Classic comes alive  Pick n Pay Cycle Classic comes alive Miller among the winners The Pick n Pay Cycle Classic was the centre of attraction in Windhoek over the weekend as Mark Pritzen dominated the male category. South Africans Mark Pritzen and Genevieve Weber won the men’s and women’s 100km titles of The Namibian Cycle Classic on Sunday morning.

    Pritzen was followed by Namibian Braam Vermeulen in second place and Alexander Miller in third.

    In the 100km women’s category Irene Steyn was second and Anneke Steenkamp third.

    The 60km men’s race was won by Justin Vosloo, while the women’s race was won by Many Huysamen.

    Vosloo was followed by Vianni Links in second and Stefan van Doorn in third.

    In the 100km women’s category Anje Tietz finished in second place and Tania Wiese in third place.

    MTB challenge

    Alex Miller (right) won the 50km mountain-bike race on Saturday, with Danzel de Koe in second place and Xavier Papo finishing third.

    The Classic proved once again why it is one of the most popular cycling events for riders.

    Because of the improved route the longer distances attracted even more entries than the shorter distances.

    In the 50 km race for women, Irene Steyn (Mannie's Bike Mecca) crossed the finish line first, ahead of Hester Prince (Hollard) and Courtney Liebenberg.

    Due to illness, one of the stronger women riders, Michelle Döman, entered for the 30km race, where she finished second after Monique du Plessis.

    The action started at 07:00 on Saturday morning when the three mountain-bike races over 50km, 30km and 20km took place at SKW and continued on to the LJG trails on Farm Windhoek.

    The running and walking events started at 07:30, with the various routes taking the athletes through Olympia and Kleine Kuppe, back to the finish at SKW.

    Below are all the results of the MTB challenge:

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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Africa in brief
  • Africa in briefAfrica in brief World Bank criticises Kenya's approach

    The World Bank urged Kenya to cut spending on public sector wages and other recurring items to reduce its debt load, instead of slashing development spending as that is restraining economic growth.

    In a bi-annual economic update on the country, released on Thursday, the bank raised its estimate for Kenya’s 2018 economic growth to 5.7%, from a previous forecast of 5.5%.

    While that would be faster than a 4.9% expansion in 2017, the Washington-based lender said Kenya was growing below its potential, likening it to a car driving at only 60 kilometres (37 miles) an hour.

    “Kenya can be a Ferrari doing 150 kilometres per hour but it has to do certain things,” said Allen Dennis, the World Bank’s senior economist for Kenya.

    Kenya’s total debt stands at 57% of GDP, the bank said, barely down from 57.5% a year ago.

    Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund, the Kenyan government reduced its fiscal deficit by two percentage points in the financial year that ended in June, to 7% of gross domestic product, and has set a target of 5.8% of GDP this fiscal year.


    South Africa gets US$35 bln in investment pledges

    South Africa has investment commitments of US$35 billion as part of plans by President Cyril Ramaphosa to attract US$100 billion over the next five years to revive the country’s flagging economy, his economic adviser told Reuters on Wednesday.

    Ramaphosa has appointed a team of investment envoys - bankers, former ministers, business people as well as economist Trudi Makhaya, his economic adviser - to scour the world’s financial capitals for new investors.

    “There is about US$35 billion that has been pledged,” Makhaya said. “We’ve had US$10 billion committed from Saudi Arabia. About US$10 billion from the UAE, and around US$15 billion committed from China when you’re looking at government to government deals.”


    Foreign holdings of Egyptian treasuries at US$14 bln

    Foreign holdings of Egyptian treasuries stood at US$14 billion at the end of September, Deputy Finance Minister Ahmed Kouchouk was cited as saying on Thursday, a decline of nearly 20% from the end of June, according to Reuters calculations.

    Holdings stood at US$17.5 billion at the end of June. Appetite for emerging market debt had already weakened when it declined further following currency crises in Turkey and Argentina in August. These triggered an exodus of foreign investors from Egypt who must also be repaid.

    Kouchouk’s remarks were published in the online newsletter Enterprise.

    The government cancelled four consecutive local currency T-bond auctions last month after bankers and investors demanded high yields on the debt.


    Sudan's annual inflation climbs to 68%

    Sudan’s inflation edged up to 68.64% in September year-on-year, from 66.82% in August, the state statistics agency said on Thursday.

    Inflation jumped to more than 50% in January, when subsidy cuts triggered food price increases that kindled unrest. Since then inflation has continued to accelerates steadily despite attempts to slow price rises with strict limits on cash withdrawals.


    Angola secures US$2 bln in financing from China

    Angola has secured US$2 billion in Chinese financing from the China Development Bank for infrastructure projects on President João Lourenço’s first visit to Beijing, Angola’s state newspaper Jornal de Angola reported on Wednesday.

    Details of the terms of the financing were not released. The finance ministry did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the information.

    China is increasingly flexing its financial muscle in Africa, funding massive infrastructure projects across the continent.

    Angola, Africa’s second largest oil producer, is in the process of trying to diversify its economy since a fall in the price of crude in 2014 plunged it into recession. Inflation is running at more than 20% per year and at least one in five of workers are jobless.

    Lourenço, who took power a year ago after the 38-year rule of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has promised to oversee an “economic miracle” by opening up the country to foreign investment and prioritising sectors such as agriculture and tourism. So far growth has remained sluggish.


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    Erongo sport is growing: KarumenduErongo sport is growing: KarumenduSport officer praises sponsors Some companies in the Erongo Region have committed themselves to the development of sport in the region. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

    Erongo regional sport officer Berthold Karumendu says the region’s sport has grown from strength to strength because of the involvement of the business community.

    The region has hosted many sport tournaments and events this year.

    The Dome in Swakopmund has become a popular venue for hosting top-class sport events.

    “I do believe that our region is making strides as far as dominating the hosting of valuable sport events is concerned.

    “It has to do with the businesses that have shown commitment towards developing sport in this country.

    “One of the great things is that our towns are suitable and always fit to host events of top calibre,” Karumendu said.

    Smaller towns in the region like Karibib and Omaruru have also been praised for hosting marathons.

    Karibib recently hosted the annual QPR Navachab half-marathon, which Karumendu described as a success.

    Omaruru hosted a street mile over the weekend.

    “It is up to us as the community of Erongo to do more in order to continue improving our sports.

    “I believe that there are more corporate companies in the region that could join us in the development of sport.”

    Karumendu also commended all the athletes who have made the events in the region possible.

    “People come from different regions just to participate in sport activities hosted in this town.

    “That is something very special and they must know that this region is very grateful for always hosting them.”

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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Football never on time
  • Football never on timeFootball never on time Year after year Namibia has experienced the same problem of a delayed Namibia Premier League (NPL).

    This is a serious problem that hampers the development of the beautiful game in the country.

    Allow me to call it a virus that has no cure because it keeps happening over and over again.

    Many of the leagues around the world are approaching their second round already, while the Namibia Premier League is yet to start.

    There usually is confusion prior to the start of the premier league.

    It is so hard to think that even with sponsors on board and money available, a group of administrators struggle to get football started on time.

    One can understand if things like this occur in one season, but a repetition of the same problems and delays is a systemic illness.

    Because no premier league football is being played, the national team has had to pay the price.

    Often coach Riccardo Mannetti has had to select players who hardly kicked a ball for months to represent the nation in matches against players that are active.

    Yes, the national team does have players that ply their trade outside Namibia, but it is equally important for the coach to have those that play domestically in order to blend a good team.

    The delay of the league has also affected many vendors trading at the stadiums.

    The enthusiasm of loyal fans is also destroyed by the lack of premier league matches.

    The strange fact about all this is that it happens even when there are new leaders in the NPL.

    These mistakes are repeated over and over again and that is an outrage to people who love the beautiful game.

    It is a bitter pill to swallow, but something is really wrong with the way Namibian football leaders operate.

    A great example which has cost a delay this season was allowing the Military School to play in the first division, knowing that it is owned by the Namibian Defence Force, which also owns Mighty Gunners.

    They must have known that if the Military School is promoted, they would definitely have to be in the same league as Mighty Gunners.

    All this was ignored and when the time came for the Military School to be promoted, they realised that two teams with the same owner can't play in the same league.

    Now that is something you will not see anywhere else but in this country.

    We are already lucky that we still have sponsors for the league even if its administrators have often let us down.

    I can just imagine how difficult it would have been to attract any other sponsors if it were not for MTC and FNB that pledged their commitment towards the league.

    I believe it is time our leaders put things right or give way to people prepared to make things work.

    I hope that this will be the final delay the Namibian Premier League will experience.

    Leaders of the beautiful game must stick to their promises and not just brainwash us with beautiful words when taking over office.

    It is time to talk less and do more in leadership positions.

    We have to remember that this beautiful game has many stomachs it has to feed and not just the egos of those who are in power.

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    Why don’t you come to the party?Why don’t you come to the party? The minister of finance Calle Schlettwein, during his meeting with the private sector at the close of last week, said that the taxpayer must come to the party otherwise civil service delivery, also in health and education, must be cut.

    It is estimated that Schlettwein’s tax reforms will inject around N$500 million into the state coffers.

    The Namibian consumer is under immense pressure – seen in almost every report, whether building plans or private sector credit extension, car sales and real estate.

    On Friday, Namib Mills announced a price increase in all their products – staples for the Namibian family. Utterly beyond their control.

    Namibia and its citizens are now paying the price for decades of doing nothing. We are still at the mercy of decisions made elsewhere, by whomever, and probably individuals that know nothing about Namibia.

    We are reliant on imports – for almost everything.

    We are reliant on peace in oil-producing areas so that we can afford fuel.

    We are reliant on South Africa’s politics to ensure that our currency has any value at all.

    We are also reliant on labour security and balance in South Africa to make sure we have electricity.

    We are reliant on the economies of strong countries so that we can give effect to HIV and Aids treatments.

    We export raw materials only to reimport a refined product of what we have produced.

    We are reliant on rain to produce any kind of food.

    We are at the mercy of those role players who are not in our country.

    And now, the cash-strapped Namibian citizen is expected to fund the already over-burdened civil service, which, by the way, has not yet been cut.

    We are expected to fund benefits, fuel, rates and taxes and what not, of our ministers and former presidents.

    The state wants the citizen to come to the party. When, we ask, will the state take a step forward towards us?

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  • 10/14/18--15:00: ID for Chinese quite common
  • ID for Chinese quite commonID for Chinese quite commonMinister defends Namibian-Chinese Home affairs minister Frans Kapofi said there is nothing wrong, or illegal, about issuing Namibian citizenship to Chinese nationals. Home affairs minister Frans Kapofi has defended Chinese nationals with Namibian identification documents, saying the criticism against the Chinese is unfair and borders on xenophobia.

    This is despite the fact that hundreds of Namibia's first people remain stateless, without the basic right to an identity.

    Kapofi reacted to the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) campaign against the easy access to national documents by Chinese people while hundreds of marginalised Namibians still have no national documents.

    “Naturalisation is allowed in our law. Namibians should never feel threatened by one or two Chinese who have naturalised in the land of the brave,” he said.

    Kapofi said he saw the ID document that has been circulating on social media and confirmed that it was issued 20 years ago in 1998, because the Chinese national lived and naturalised in Namibia.

    However, the ID document circulated by Job Amupanda is that of Yiu Wash Yeung born in Hong Kong in 1963.

    The document was issued in 2015.

    Namibians also criticised the national identification document of now controversial Chinese businessman Jack Huang, who also faces serious fraud charges.

    There have also been a number of claims that Huang has a Namibian diplomatic passport despite being surrounded by controversy.

    The minister admitted that there is more than one Chinese national with documents but said it is not uncommon.

    “Let us not politicise things that are not political.”

    Kapofi also rejected the issue that marginalised Namibians are struggling to obtain national documents.

    “We know about those [Namibians] that do not have ID cards, but one Chinese ID card cannot be distributed amongst the hundreds of people you are referring to,” he said.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Govt seeks more loans
  • Govt seeks more loansGovt seeks more loansBrics bank to fund Baynes, Caprivi rail link The Namibian government has prepared a presentation for loans from the New Development Bank, locally known as the Brics Bank. It appears that the Namibian government is preparing an official pitch to obtain funding from the New Development Bank, more commonly known as the Brics Bank, for the construction of the Baynes hydropower project as well as the Trans-Kalahari Rail link (TKR), the Grootfontein – Rundu – Katima Mulilo rail link and the deepening of the Port of Lüderitz.

    The bank, founded and funded by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is headquartered in Shanghai, China, with its first regional office in Johannesburg.

    The government's debt at the end of March 2018 stood at just over N$78 billion, slightly more than a third of the country's gross domestic product, which is at N$191


    In a brief presentation seen by Namibian Sun, the projects are listed as priority projects. Communications minister Stanley Simataa said in September that the government was eyeing the development of the projects in its quest to make Namibia a logistics hub for southern Africa.

    In the document, the government says the purpose of the project is to open a rail trade route from Walvis Bay to countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana.

    “Currently, all cargo from Walvis Bay destined to and from land-locked countries is transported by road, and this is causing damage to the infrastructure, high maintenance costs and accidents,” the document says.

    A feasibility study of the Grootfontein-Rundu portion was carried out in 2010, and the government is currently engaged with route alignment and design, including the rail traffic and cargo interchange at Grootfontein.

    Ironically, the TKR project features despite the fact that no significant headway has been made to bring that project to fruition.

    “The TKR is a bilateral project between the governments of Namibia and Botswana to construct a railway line of about 1 500km linking Botswana and Namibia to transport coal to the overseas market,” the document says.

    Despite the inclusion of the project, Namibian high commissioner to Botswana Mbapeua Muvangua told Southern Times last year that an office had been set up in Namibia to accommodate three Namibian technicians and three technicians from Botswana, but they were still waiting on the latter to make their technicians available.

    “Once the technicians are in the office, they have the mandate to form public-private partnerships with other investors,” he said, adding that the project required billions of dollars in investment, which needed the support of private investors.

    The other project, the expansion of the Trans-Orange corridor, ties in with plans to deepen the port of Lüderitz by 18 metres to tap into the export of manganese from South Africa's Northern Cape.

    Under this project, the government intends to extend the railway line from line from Keetmanshoop to the Northern Cape. Plans are in place to upgrade the 40km railway line between Sandverhaar and Bucholzbrunn and upgrading it to an 18.5-ton axle load, which would raise the permissible speed to 60km/h.

    Another listed project is the planned 600-megawatt Baynes hydropower station to be built by the governments of Namibia and Angola. A social impact study has not yet been completed for the project. The study, which is supposed to be completed before the end of this year, is about where the dam and power station will be located. The dam, once completed, may flood the burial grounds of the Ovahimba, a concern which was picked up by human rights pressure groups in the late 1990s.

    “What still needs to be completed is the social impact assessment, which relates mainly to negotiations with the affected communities for their relocation from the site earmarked for the project,” NamPower told Namibian Sun in December 2017.

    Enter the chinese

    The Chinese government is said to have made a tempting offer to finance the upgrading of Hosea Kutako International Airport, which will cost N$5 billion and upwards. This forms part of its pledged funding to Africa of US$60 billion for the construction of infrastructure projects.

    The government had sought N$10 billion from the Chinese during the Forum for China Africa Cooperation (Focac). Finance minister Calle Schlettwein defended the loans, saying that they were competitive.

    The Chinese government is believed to have offered a 90% loan, repayable at 2% interest, while the rest of the money would come in the form of a grant to the Namibian government.

    Negotiations are said to be ongoing.

    Other assistance granted

    The German government also came to the party with a N$450 million loan for the construction of the Windhoek-Okahandja dual carriageway, as well as a N$482 million loan for the refurbishment of the Mariental-Keetmanshoop road. The money was provided through its KfW development bank.

    The government had in the past sought assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to the tune of N$10 billion.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Fears of economic depression
  • Fears of economic depressionFears of economic depression The possibility that Namibia has moved from a recession into an economic depression was raised by Namib Mills' CEO on Friday during the announcement of a series of price hikes.

    “I don't know what you are in if you have nine downturns,” Namib Mills CEO Ian Collard said.

    According to the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) Namibia saw a -0.2% growth in the second quarter of this year, culminating in the country's ninth consecutive quarter of negative growth.

    On Friday, Namib Mills announced price increases for a number of products.

    Wheat flour prices are up 20%, rice by 14%, pasta by 16%, yeast by 15%, mahangu by 12% and sugar by 16%.

    Klaus Schade of the Economic Association of Namibia (EAN), said in response to the increases that prices were being raised for wholesalers and retailers.

    Depending on the shops' price models, there is a likelihood that the shelf prices could differ for consumers.

    “Given the increase in fuel prices, shops could increase the transport margin and add higher transport costs to the announced price increases,” he said.

    Figures released by the NSA last week show that annual transport inflation reached 12.9% in September, up from 9.7% in August, and 3.9% last year.

    IJG Securities noted that this is the first time since June 2014 that transport inflation figures have reached double digits again.

    Consumer basket

    Schade said the average consumer spends nearly 15% of their monthly expenses on food.

    Approximately 5% of the food basket is made up of bread and wheat products, while 2% is spent on wheat flour, pasta, mahangu and rice.

    The latest inflation figures show September's inflation rate for bread and wheat products was at 3.8% - the highest to date this year.

    In August, inflation for these products was 2.6% and in September 2017 the number was -2.4%.

    The inflation rate for sugar, jam and confectionary last month was -2.5%.

    The month before, it was -1.9% and in September 2017 it was 7.2%.

    Overall food inflation last month was 2.6%, compared to 2.7% the previous month and 3.8% last year.

    Namibia's overall inflation rate was 4.8%, the highest this year, but still lower than the 5.6% of September 2017.

    Schade expects that should Namib Mill's latest price increases be passed onto the consumer, overall inflation could rise by 0.3 percentage points.


    Following housing, water and electricity, transport is the third heaviest item in the consumer basket.

    Out of every N$100 disposable income a consumer has, N$14.28 is spent on transport.

    Inflation for the operational transport equipment, a subcategory which includes fuel, was 13.3% in September.

    This presents the third consecutive month that the inflation rate has reached double digits.

    Shade warned that rising fuel prices could affect other food prices – especially items such as fruit which are imported over long distances from South Africa. The fruit inflation rate last month stood at 15.3%, the highest this year and up drastically since last year when it stood at -1.7%.

    Namib Mills

    Schade said the Namib Mills price hikes were not unexpected.

    “Monthly average prices for white and yellow maize as well as wheat have increased on the JSE since the beginning of the year by 28%, 24% and 11%. Prices for delivery in December point at further increases.”

    Collard on Friday said a number of factors influenced the price increases, including the weakening of the South African rand, to which the Namibian dollar is linked. He further said Namibia's economic policies were not supportive of growth.

    Indirect taxes such as levies, including fuel levies, affect the cost of doing business in the country, making it “quite expensive”.

    Such costs form part of the cost of sales, he said, and no business could afford to carry the costs over a period of extended time, as a company could face bankruptcy.

    As a result, businesses have no choice but to pass the costs on to the consumer.

    Collard said Namib Mills had made attempts to convince the government that the cost of business has to be kept low in order to protect consumers from unrealistic price increases.

    “The economy is not at a good place at this stage,” he said.

    Collard added that despite the gloomy news for consumers at the end of the year, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

    It is likely, he said, that there could be a price decrease on maize meal at the beginning of next year.


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  • 10/14/18--15:00: Brave Warriors strike Mambas
  • Brave Warriors strike MambasBrave Warriors strike MambasGroup K wide open Namibia's victory over Mozambique on Saturday has blown Group K wide open, setting up an interesting scenario for the remaining matches. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

    The Brave Warriors came from behind to beat Mozambique 2-1 in Maputo on Saturday afternoon in their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group K qualifier.

    Deon Hotto once again proved why he is regarded as one of southern Africa's most dangerous players after scoring in the dying minutes of the match to seal a victory for his country.

    It was a scrappy start from the home side, who conceded a goal in the first half through a headed ball through Sitoe.

    After Mozambique took the lead, Brave Warriors struggled to keep up with the pace of the Mozambicans, who threw everything at the Namibians.

    The home side dominated possession and had most of the set pieces in the first half.

    The second half started similar to the first with Brave Warriors on the back foot.

    Petrus Shitembi gave the Namibian team a lifeline when his close range finish drew the teams level at 1-1 with 20 minutes to go.

    Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti then unleashed Deon Hotto from the bench, replacing Absalom Iimbondi.

    The Bidvest Wits midfielder started giving Mozambique's backline something to worry about as he ran rings around them.

    With just a few minutes remaining, it appeared as if both teams had settled for a draw, but Deon Hotto had other intentions.

    The midfielder moved direct into Mozambique's defence and unleashed a piledriver from 30 metres that flew through the jelly hands of the Mozambican goalkeeper in added time to break the home side's hearts and bring Namibia level on points with the rest in Group K.

    Ahead of the match Namibia were the only side on a single point in Group K, with Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Zambia on four points each.

    The Brave Warriors' starting line-up: Virgil Vries, Tiberius Lombard, Denzil Haoseb, Riaan Hananub, Ananias Gebhardt, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Absalom Iimbondi, Willy Stephanus, Benson Shilongo, and Peter Shalulile.

    Below is what the table looks like after three matches played.

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    Kondjashili retains Erongo Street Mile titleKondjashili retains Erongo Street Mile title Kefas Kondjashili of the Namibian police won the sixth edition of the Erongo Street Mile on Saturday morning, retaining his title for the second consecutive year.

    Kondjashili, who finished in a time of 4 minutes and 13 seconds (4:13), beat competition from Reinholdt Tomas and Shaliaxwe Jeremiah, who finished second and third with times of 4:18 and 4:19 respectively.

    Speaking to Nampa soon after the race, Kondjashili said the race was tough for him as it came shortly after he had competed in a marathon at Swakopmund last week.

    “I was supposed to rest for at least two to three weeks but my coach decided that I must compete here and I did well. I led from start to finish. It was a bit hot but that is the reality of marathons,” he explained.

    He called on the organisers to bring in more international athletes to compete with


    The Nampol runner also said next year he wants to break the course record, but urged the organisers to revert to the original straight course, compared to the current U-turn format.

    “When Mynhardt Kauanivi set the record of four minutes and six seconds, the race course was straight. Nowadays we have to make a U-turn at mid-race, forcing us to reduce speed and lose valuable time in our quest to break the record,” Kondjashili explained.

    He further called on athletics officials to give Namibians more racing opportunities outside Namibia, saying marathon runners want to test their skills against international athletes.

    In the senior women's section, Commonwealth Games champion Helalia Johannes proved why she is the queen of road races in Namibia, beating last year's champion, Lavinia Kauteka (née Haitope) and Anna Iipinge.

    Johannes finished in a time of 04:40, while Kauteka was 14 seconds behind in a time of 04:54, and Iipinge clocked 05:01.

    Johannes was competing at this event for the first time this year, just two weeks after breaking the record at the Cape Town Marathon, to cap a year in which she also won a Commonwealth gold medal.

    The organiser, Berthold Karumendu, said the event attracted over 1 100 athletes, with 16 runners coming from Botswana.