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Tells it All - Namibian Sun
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  • 08/20/18--16:00: CAF pays tribute to Annan
  • CAF pays tribute to AnnanCAF pays tribute to Annan The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has paid tribute to the late Kofi Annan, the Ghanaian, who served as the secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) for several years.

    In a statement, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad paid tribute to Annan.

    “It is with sadness that in my capacity as president of the Confederation Africaine de Football, I learned of the death Kofi Annan in Bern (Switzerland) at the age of 80.

    “He was an illustrious person of great African history and ex-secretary-general of the UN between 1997 and 2006.

    “A diplomat, economist and statesman known for his legendary wisdom and good political sense, Kofi Annan made his mark with his exceptional qualities of resolving international conflicts, opening of dialogue in areas devastated by wars and conflicts, revolts and his involvement in the development of the African continent, of which he knew all the assets and torments.

    “Many times he helped bring people together and fostered peace. A keen football lover, he often made presentations in major African football matches.”


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    Onambula United, African Lions relegatedOnambula United, African Lions relegated Onambula United and African Lions were relegated from the North West First Division (NWFD), after failing to achieve victory in their must-win matches played in Otjiwarongo and Tsandi over the weekend.

    Onambula's relegation to the Omusati second division means their feeder team, Young Generation, have been demoted to the Tsandi social league. Both teams are owned by one owner, Vaino Amuka, and thus cannot play in the same league, as per the Namibian Football Association (NFA) statutes.

    According to the statutes, no natural or legal person, including holding companies and subsidiaries, may exercise control over more than one club or group, whenever the integrity of any match or competition could be jeopardised.

    Onambula lost their match 1-0 against Eleven Warriors on Saturday, while African Lions only scooped one point in what was a must-win game against Touch & Go in a goalless draw on Sunday, which condemned them to the Otjozondjupa second division.

    In other matches played on Saturday in group B, Oshikuku Young Stars defeated Ongwediva City 1-0, while African Motto beat KK Palace 1-0. Military School Okahandja and Golden Boys played to a goalless draw.

    On Sunday in group B, Eleven Warriors defeated Oshikuku Young Stars 1-0, while Onambula United forfeited their match against Ongwediva City.

    Meanwhile, group A winners, Military School Okahandja and African Motto, the winners of group B, will duel for a spot in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) next season.

    NWFD vice-chairperson Lawrence Kandundu confirmed that the playoffs will take place over two weekends.

    “The first leg of the matches will be played on 25 August, with the return leg set for 1 September,” he said.

    The winner will join already promoted Young Brazilians from Karasburg and Rundu-based Julinho Sporting in the NPL this coming season.


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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Ottile rises in chess world
  • Ottile rises in chess worldOttile rises in chess worldEight-year-old returns with gold from Kenya A young Namibian chess prodigy has shown a clean pair of heels to Africa's best. Namibian chess player, eight-year-old Ottilie Yorokee Hinda, has returned with a gold medal from the 10th African Youth Chess Championship held, in Kisumu, Kenya.

    The competition was held from 12 to 19 August, with a total of 142 players from 13 countries competing.

    East Africa was represented by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

    Other participating countries included Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Cameroon and Somalia. North Africa was represented by Egypt and Algeria.

    There were 12 categories during the one-week tournament.

    These included the under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 categories for both boys and girls. The format was a nine-round Swiss event with time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds. Namibia fielded 17 players, but Hinda stood out from the rest, as she won eight games out of nine.

    The competition was very tough for the juniors, because the powerhouses of African chess, Algeria and South Africa, dominated the event.

    Hinda was the top seed in her age group for the tournament. Her performance rating was 1 800, which was very good given her age.

    By winning first place, she gets to participate in the World Cadet Chess Championship that will be held in Weifang, China in 2019.

    Hinda is a women candidates' master (WCM), a title she obtained in Zambia, Lusaka in 2016. She is currently the youngest WCM in Africa.

    This is the first time that Namibia scooped a medal at the championship. Hinda is also poised to participate in this year's World Cadet Chess Championship in Santiago, Spain from 3 to16 November, where she will meet the best in the world from Russia, India, China, Mongolia and Uzbekistan, which are just a few of the countries that produce the world's chess prodigies.

    The majority of the Namibian players were new to the African youth chess event, hence they did not reap the desired results.

    Nevertheless, they gained a lot of experience in the process.

    Namibia had one of the highest number of entrants at the event, which testifies of the progress chess has made in the country.

    African Chess Federation president Lewis Ncube announced at the closing ceremony that the federation will pay all the costs of the winners to participate in China next year.


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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Will Namibia win a match?
  • Will Namibia win a match?Will Namibia win a match?Tough World Cup opponents await Namibia will play two world champions at the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup, making their chances of advancing out of the group stages nearly impossible. With Namibia qualifying for the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup this past weekend, the focus has shifted to whether the team can finally win a match at the global spectacle.

    Namibia secured their place via a comfortable 53-28 win over Kenya in Windhoek on Saturday.

    This means that the country will make its sixth appearance at the global showpiece in Japan next year.

    However, after five previous tournaments and 19 matches played, the country still craves its first-ever historic win.

    The positives

    In 2015, Namibia was drawn in a group with New Zealand, Georgia, Fiji, Argentina and Tonga.

    Namibia came close to winning when they narrowly lost 17-16 to Georgia at the tournament, but made many friends with their gutsy performance against the All Blacks, losing 58-14 to the world's most feared rugby team.

    They also put up an impressive showing against Tonga, going down 35-21.

    The negatives

    Namibia sadly holds the record for the biggest losing margin in World Cup history, after losing 142-0 against Australia at the 2003 edition.

    Namibia is yet to register a single point at the World Cup.

    Many people in the past criticised the team for failing to emulate the triumphs of their neighbours, South Africa, who have already lifted the cup on two occasions.

    Way forward

    Namibia will play in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner at Japan 2019.

    Kenya will play in November's repechage tournament in Marseille, where Canada, Germany and Hong Kong will also be competing for the final place at next year's World Cup.

    The chances of Namibia meeting Kenya in the group stage is highly likely, if the Kenyans get the better of Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.

    For Namibia sake, it will be better if the Kenyans manage to qualify, which then gives the Land of the Brave a great chance to win a match at the tournament.

    New Zealand will be almost impossible to beat, while the Springboks are getting better and better under new coach Rassie Erasmus.

    The Springboks and Namibia met at the 2011 World Cup, where South Africa trounced their neighbours 87-0. The odds and statistics will be against Namibia in this match.

    Italy will be a team that Namibia can beat if they are mentally prepared.

    The nations have never met at a World Cup, but Namibia did beat Italy 35-19 in 1991 in Windhoek and 49-24 in 2001.

    Namibia also got the better of the Italian emerging team by 38-26 in Uruguay during the 2016 World Rugby Nations Cup.

    They also beat Italy 38-22 during the 2017 edition.

    Italy has not moved past the group stages of the World Cup in the past.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Omusati ready for Skorpion Zinc CupOmusati ready for Skorpion Zinc Cup Under-17 Skorpion Zinc Cup defending champions, Omusati, are ready to defend their title at the fifth edition of the tournament this coming weekend, despite niggling worries over the fitness of some of players.

    Head coach Christof Aipanda said some of the boys are attending a grade 10 symposium organised by various schools in the region, in order to prepare for their upcoming school exams.

    This has resulted in them not getting much training ahead of the tourney.

    Aipanda said education comes first and they had to let the boys these attend classes, but he assured supporters the team still has a group of core players and that they are ready for the competition.

    “The spirit is high in camp. The boys know what is at stake and are ready to make history again, as their brothers did for the three years.”

    The coach said some players ply their trade in the northern second division, which brings experience to the team.

    He also said there are also football academies in the region and some of the boys are products of those academies.

    Despite the short time they have had to assemble and gel, they will head into the tournament to enjoy themselves and will not be overly worried about the pressure of being the defending champions, Aipanda said.

    The tournament will run from 24 to 27 August in Grootfontein and will feature 14 u-17 football teams from the country's regions, who will compete for top spot at the Omulunga Stadium.

    Skorpion Zinc has injected N$1.4 million into the tournament to make it a success.

    Namba Emuno from Skorpion Zinc said they are brushing up on the nitty-gritties ahead of the tournament and will have a joint media conference to inform the public about this coming weekend's footballing feast.

    Emuno said there won't be an entrance fee; meaning local football lovers are welcome to swamp the field in their numbers to see the skills on display.

    The draw for this year's tournament is as follows:

    Group A - Kavango East, Hardap, Otjozondjupa, Oshana and Kunene.

    Group B - Kavango West, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omaheke and Erongo.

    Group C - //Karas, Omusati, Khomas and Zambezi.


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    Ministerie kry skenking van vismaatskappyMinisterie kry skenking van vismaatskappy Michelline Nawatises

    Die ministerie van onderwys, kuns en kultuur het onlangs skenkings ter waarde van meer as N$50 000 van die Namibiese maatskappy Morcar Fishing onder die vaandel van die Friends of Education in Namibia Special Initiative (Fensi) ontvang.

    Die doel van Fensi is om bydraes te werf vir die ministerie waarmee hy gehalte-onderwys op 'n doeltreffende en volhoubare wyse wil verbeter.

    Die direkteur van Morcar Fishing, Tarah H. Shinavene, het dank teenoor die ministerie uitgespreek wat hulle ondersteun in die identifisering van skole in nood.

    Die maatskappy het ook N$10 000 aan die Laerskool Suiderhof en die Gekombineerde Skool Danie Joubert geskenk.

    In 2017 het Morcar N$50 000 ge­skenk aan die Forum for African Women Educationalists Namibia (Fawena)-program, wat gemik is op onderrig en opvoeding van ­Namibiese meisies.

    Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa het tydens die oorhandiging aan die ministerie gesê dit is 'n goeie inisiatief en dat die land meer programme moet instel.

    “Ons is dankbaar vir Morcar se vrygewigheid. Hulle het bewys dat hulle bereid is om 'n lang pad saam met ons te stap.”

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    Emoni lyevi tali ka kondololwaEmoni lyevi tali ka kondololwa Emino lyevi lyaaheli paveta oli li omukundu omunene ngoka gwa taalela omalelo unenegopamuthigululwakalo, nuuministeli womidhingoloko owa tokola okukondolola emino ndyoka.

    Uuministeli otawu ka hogolola mboka taya ka kondolola emino ndyoka li li unene omukundu monooli yoshilongo.

    Oonakumina evi ndyoka pwaahena epitiko otaya ka futithwa oshimaliwa shooN$500 000 nenge oomvula 25 mondjeedhililo.

    Monena omahangano ngoka haga mini evi ohaga futu omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo opo ga longele miitopolwa yawo, na kape na ekondololo lyasha kiilonga yawo.

    Oomvula dha piti, iikundaneki oya e ta olweela emino lyevi ndyoka tali ningwa pwaahena omikanda pitiko nenge omahangano ngoka itaga file omalambo ngoka ga ningi konima yemino lyawo.

    Omunambelewa muuministeli womidhingoloko, Ipeinge Mundjulu, okwa popi kutya omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo otaga tsuwa omukumo opo ga tule miilonga ooenvironmental management plans (EMPs).

    EMP, oompangela dhoopoloeyka dha nuninwa okukwashilipaleka kutya iilonga kehe tayi ningwa momidhingoloko otayi ningwa taku landulwa oompango nomilandu dhomidhingoloko.

    Shimwe shomiipumbiwa yoEMP okuulika aantu mboka taya kala nokukondolola omahala ngoka taga minwa evi.

    Shoka osha hala okutya omahala agehe ngoka taga minwa evi naga kale ge na aakondololi.

    Mundjulu okwa popi kutya molwaashoka emino ndyoka otali holoka owala unene kiitopolwa yokuushayi hoka ku na omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo, nena otaku kondopekwa aaleli mboka opo ya vule okukala taya kondolola emino ndyoka paku tula miilonga ooEMP, ndhoka tadhi ka gandjwa kuuministeli nokuziminwa nenge okundwa kuKomufala gwOmidhingoloko.

    Nonando ongaaka, omalelo itaga ka ninga omaindilo kemino ndyoka tali ningwa nale, nomaindilo gooenvironmental clearance certificates oga pumbiwa komamino agehe ngoka taga ka tamekwa.

    Mundjulu okwa popi kutya monena oya mona owala e yo komeho nelelo lyUukwambi ndyka lya ulika nale omunambelewa ngoka taka ngonga po oEMP yawo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya euliko lyaakondololi yomahala ngoka otali e ta po ompito yiilonga oshowo woo ekondololo lyelongitho nawa lyomidhingoloko.


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    Nghaamwa e li moontamanana nelelo lyaNdangwaNghaamwa e li moontamanana nelelo lyaNdangwa Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaHangwena, Usko Nghaamwa, okwa lopotwa a tula meni lyoloogolo oshitopolwa shevi shoka aniwa sha nuninwa ondjila, mehala lyiipyakidhila noonkondo mOndangwa, ta popi aniwa kutya elelo lyondoolopa olya ndopa okugamena ongeshefa ye.

    Ehala lyoongeshefa lyaNghaamwa tali ithanwa, Oshinanene complex otali adhika mondjila onene yaNdangwa ndjoka yuuka kOniipa nopauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kelelo lyondoolopa, etokolo lye olya tula moshiponga aantu oyendji molwaashoka, ongeshefa ye otayi adhika pehala hapu endele aantu yokolupadhioshowo iiyenditho.

    Nghaamwa okwa popi kutya nonando etokolo lye otali nyanwa koyendji mboka taya popi kutya okwa hwahwameke uukwamuhoko, okwa popi kutya okwa tokola okuninga ngaaka molwaashoka elelo lyondoolopa ndjoka olya ndopa okugamena ehala lye lyongeshefa okuza kaalandithi yomomapandanda inaya pitikwa oshowo olya ningwa ehala lyomathikameno gootaxi shaaheli paveta.

    Okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya nayipala noonkondo na oya etitha a pate dhimwe dhomoongeshefa dhe.

    “Ekalo ndyoka lyaali paveta pongeshefa yandje olya dhipaga oongeshefa dhandje. Opwa li osasiyona yomahooli ihe onda tokola okuyi pata molwaashoka ookastoma itadhi vulu okuya posasiyona ndjoka omolwa omathikameno gootaxi ngoka ga ningwa mpoka shaaheli pamulandu. Mboka taya hila poongeshefa dhandje otaya yenyeta kutya kape na ehala lyokuthikameka iiyenditho yookastoma nenge oohauto ndhoka hadhi e ta oostoka. Osha li epiyagano lyowala nelelo lyondoolopa olya ndopa okukatuka oonkatu nonando onda nyenyeta kuyo,” Nghaamwa a popi.

    “Onda thigwa kaandi na we shoka tandi vulu okuninga ihe ndi gamene ongeshefa yandje. Ngashiingeyi sho nda tula oongeshefa yandje meni lyoloogolo ope na aaleli yamwe yelelo lyaNdangwa mboka taya popi kutya onda tula ko ondhalate molwaashoka ngame omupopi gwelaka lyOshikwanyama tandi ngeshefele mOndonga. Inandi shi nyanyukilwa.”

    Nghaamwa okwa tsikile kutya sho a li ta tula po oopala dhodhalate ye okwa lombwelwa kaanambelelwa yelelo lyondoolopa oshowo aanambelelwa yoRoad Authority kutya shoka ta ningi kashi li mondjila molwaashoka ehala ndyoka olya nuninwa ondjila. Okwa popi kutya oye mu lombwele a hulithe po etokolo lye ndyoka omanga taye mu kongele oongamba dhehala lye.

    “Onda mwena manga ihe oya ndopa okupandje oongamba dhandje mpoka pwa hulila ehala lyandje, ihe ngame onda tameke ishewe molwaashoka odha pumbwa okugamena ongeshefa yandje.”

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwelelo lyaNdangwa, Ismael Namgongo okwa popi kutya oyuuviteko omaihumbato gaNghaamwa ihe okwa tula moshiponga aantu oyendji. Okwa popi kutya otaya kundathana naye opo a kuthe ko ondhalate ndjoka molwaashoka oyi li pehala pwa nuninwa ondjila.

    “Oshili kutya ehala lye olya li hali kala lya piyagana okuza kaalandithi yomomapandanda oshowo aahingi yootaxi. Ookastoma odha li tadhi yi nuudhigu moongeshefa moka. Mwene gwehala lyoongeshefa okwa tokola oku tula meni lyodhalate ehala lye omanga ina ninga ekwatathano natse. Otwa ningi ekwatathano naye pamwe noRA na otwe mu tseyitile kutya ehala ndyoka a tula ondhalate oli li lya nuninwa ondjila, naashoka otashi vulu okutula moshiponga aakali pehala ndyoka. Otwiipyakidhila okumeta ko oongamba dhe. Ehala ndyoka olya tendwa nale na otwa pumbwa iilongitho yomondjila okutenda ko oongamba ndhoka.”

    Kombinga yuukwamuhoko, Namgongo okwa popi kutya ke na ontseyo ya sha na okwa popi kutya yo mOndangwa oya simaneka Nghaamwa, onga gumwe gwaamanangeshefa aakulukulu mondoolopa yawo.

    Nghaamwa okwa popi kutya ngele elelo lyondoolopa olya tokola okugamena oongeshefa ye nena otaka kutha ko ondhalate ndjoka a tula ko.


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    Omukwaniilwa a taalela esithahoniOmukwaniilwa a taalela esithahoniGeingob nayalwe yah ala okugamena uuntu womukwaniilwa Omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga ngoka taku popiwa kutya ke na uukolele nawa okwa pewa elombwelo kOmpangu yoPombanda opo a ye a ka gandje uumbangi we mwene, naashoka tashi ka etitha esithahoni komukwaniilwa miipathi yaalelwa ye, pahapu dhomuleli gwoshilongo. Epangelo lyaNamibia oshowo aaleli yelelo lyopamuthigululwakalo mOndonga, otaya kondjo yahala okuhupitha Omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga opo ka holoke mOmpangulilo yoPombanda yaShakati.

    Onzo yi shi okwiinekelwa oya nothelekoo oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun kutya otaku ningwa omalongekidho opo omukwaniilwa ka holoke komeho yompangu, ngaashi sha tokolwa moshipotha shaaleli melelo lyaNdonga, mboka ya kuthwa miilonga komukwaniilwa omvula ya piti, na otaya pataneke etokolo lyomukwaniilwa oku ya tidhwa miilonga.

    Ookansela mboka oya ithanwa kEgumbo lyEpangelo kOmupresidende Hage Geingob oshiwike sha piti, na okwa ningwa oonkundathana ndhoka dha nuninwa egameno lyuuntu womukwaniilwa.

    Omupopiliko gwomukwaniilwa, Naeman Amalwa, okwa popi kutya yo inaya vula okutsakanena nomuleli gwoshilongo omolwa eipyakidhilo lye na inaya mona woo ehiyo lyopambelewa opo ya ye kEgumbo lyEpangelo.

    “Sho nda tseyithile elelo olya popi kutya inatu pumbwa okuya sigo twa mono ehiyo lyopambelewa, naashoka otashi kala konima yomutumba ngoka gwa ningwa Olyomayaka.”

    Eidhopo mo lyaGeingob moshikumungu shelelo lyaNdonga, olya landula sho Omukokoli Presidende Sam Nujoma ngoka a talele po omukwaniilwa konima yesiku limwe omanga inaku ningwa omutumba kEgumbo lyEpangelo. Nujoma okwa holola okuuva nayi kwe omolwa aaleli nale ngoka ya fala omukwaniilwa kompangu neindilo lyawo lyompangu opo omukwaniilwa a ka gandje uumbangi mompangulilo.

    Omupanguli mOmpangu yOpombanda yaShakati, Maphios Cheda okwa gandja etokolo lyompangu moka a pula omukwaniilwa opo a ka gandje uumbangi we shi na sha netidho miilonga lyookansela mboka. Cheda okwa gandja omasiku 14 opo aakalelipo yopaveta ya tothemo esiku moka omukwaniilwa ta ka pumbwa okukala a gandja uumbangi we mwene.

    Ongundu yoohahende dhomukwaniilwa odha ndopa mokupataneka etokolo ndyoka, sho dha popi kutya eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa koonakutidhwa otali kambadhala okututsa onkalo yopamadhilaadhilo yomukwaniilwa.

    “Shoka Geingob a hala okukaleka po uuntu womukwaniilwa Elifas. Oshinima shotango shoka Geingob a pula ongundu ndjoka okutya otaya ningi shike mokugamenena po uuntu womukwaniilwa. Okwa popi kutya Omukwaniilwa omuntu a simanekwa onkene ita vulu okusitha ohoni paku falwa ompangu,” onzo ndjoka ta holola.

    Momukanda ngoka gwa pewa oongundu ndhoka mbali tadhi kondjithathana, Geingob okwa yeleke kutya ye ita idhopo miikumungu yompangu, ihe okwa hala owala okukalekapo esimano lyuuntu womukwaniilwa Kauluma, opo ka vule okufalwa kOmpangu nokusithwa ohoni komeho yaantu ye, na oku wete kutya shoka kashi li mondjila.

    Vilho Kamanya ngoka a popi pehala lyookansela mboka ya tidhwa, okwa popi kutya oya galuka kEgumbo lyEpangelo ya yanyanyukwa.

    “Etumwalaka olya yela kutya aakwashigwana yaNdonga naya kale mombili. Ashike shoka sha li tashi popiwa kombinga yetidho lyetu iifundja yowala. Otwa popi nomupresidende oshowo osheendo she na otwa galuka twa nyanyukwa.”

    Ookansela mboka ya tidhwa Peter Kauluma, amushanga nale gwelelo lyaNdonga, Joseph Asino, elenga enene lyoshikandjo shaNdangwa, John Walenga, Kamanya, Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili.

    Mboka oya pingenewa po nelelo epe, moka mwa kwatelwa omugameni nale gwopaumwene gwomukokoli presidende, Nepando Amupanda.


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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Ford's new flagship Fiesta
  • Ford's new flagship FiestaFord's new flagship FiestaCompact and comprehensively kitted The evergreen offering from the Blue Oval gets spruced up. SEAN PARKER

    It’s all about incremental changes. That’s evident with the new Ford Fiesta: the design is markedly different but it still possesses Fiesta DNA.

    The headlights have been pulled back further and there’s a new, wider grille. The new model is longer with a 71mm increase in length. Ford says there’s 16mm more legroom for rear passengers.

    Stands out in the crowd

    The world’s eighth most valuable car company hasn’t changed the formula much. It’s still front-wheel drive, powered by a small-capacity engine, but there is the addition of a six-speed automatic gearbox to replace the dual-clutch 'box.

    But it has added a chunk of good standard kit and also worked on improving the noise, vibration and harshness levels (more on that later).

    Our top-of-the-range test unit was dipped in a new hue called Blue Wave, and it certainly caused motorists a double take.

    What’s it like under the skin?

    Ford’s EcoBoost engine might be synonymous with the Kuga fire saga, but this 998cc engine shouldn’t be painted with the same brush. The three-cylinder, in-line turbocharged petrol unit produces 74 kW and 170 Nm on paper.

    The automaker says the torsional stiffness has increased by 15% and the front anti-roll bar is now lighter and stiffer according to Ford.

    The Fiesta’s chassis now offers 10% more cornering grip, while braking distances at 100 km/h are reduced by more than 8% according to the carmaker.

    But do all these incremental changes translate into a car that handles better? Yes. I chucked the new Fiesta around bends and it held on, showing very little understeer (only at the limit) and no tyre squeal.

    The steering is quick and fortunately has some delicious feel. I found myself searching for twisty roads to get a better taste of the handling.

    City driving

    This model is let down by the six-speed automatic transmission; it stutters and at some points doesn’t change cogs soon enough. It’s frustrating.

    There are paddle-shifts fitted that can also be used to change gears but it just doesn’t fit the mood of the car.

    The engine is gutsy but does suffer from considerable lag before spooling rapidly to give you the feeling of pulling an elastic band when pulling away.

    The ride quality is commendable, soaking up the bumps and ruts when needed, there's also very little intrusion of road noise which speaks volumes of the noise, vibration and harshness levels.

    It's certainly needed to grow up as many people scale down from bigger vehicles to more fuel-efficient vehicles that are easy to park despite offering slightly less space.


    The interior is a good place to be. Supportive seats and fewer buttons mean you’re well catered for in terms of comfort and convenience. The seat warmers came in handy on chilly mornings.

    A 20cm touchscreen houses the infotainment system and it's clear and easy to work. Ford's latest Sync system is standard on Titanium models and provides navigation and voice command. The Fiesta is fitted with Bluetooth connectivity and two USB ports across the range.

    A high-end seven-speaker sound system is featured on the Titanium model.

    The quality of the plastic lacked the quality feel of the asking price (in the range of N$310 600) but I could be nitpicking. Because I enjoy driving so much, the steering wheel deserves praise for the quality and feel of it. Good job, Ford.

    Buyers will find the excellent standard specification a massive boon in the high-spec Titanium model.


    Peace of mind comes in the form of a four-year or 60 000km service plan and front, side and curtain airbags are standard fitment across the range.

    There's a list the length of your arm with acronyms for driving aids, including ABS brakes with electronic brake assist (EBA) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). A nifty feature that assists pulling away on an incline is hill launch assist (HLA) and electronic stability and Traction Control (ESC).

    The Fiesta's main rival is of course the ubiquitous Volkswagen Polo, which we would have liked to driven back to back but unfortunately couldn't due to logistics.

    Having said that, the new model still feels as fun to drive as its predecessor and offers some very cool kit as standard. But most importantly, it's still helluva fun to drive. – Wheels 24

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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Parenting and technology
  • Parenting and technologyParenting and technologyTips on guiding your child Whether we like it or not, smart devices are in our children’s lives and are here to stay. Michelline Nawatises

    Too many of the older generation still believe traditional ways of parenting are as effective today as they were yesterday.

    But the changing times require new strategies to ensure kids are on the right path and are adapting to their ever-evolving technological environment.

    If you have accepted that your guidance as a parent needs to match the requirements of the digital era, there are a few things you need to understand about getting involved in your child’s digital engagement.

    Firstly, you will have to mentor, not just monitor. If you are tech-savvy, you can spy on every little thing your child searches, opens and sends on the internet. But you are a parent who is meant to teach lessons, so you can sleep well at night, knowing your kids are well-guided.

    “The more walls we build, the more we are just creating little hackers who are just trying to get around the fence,” said a parent, which preferred anonymity.

    According to her, mentoring allows parents to create an environment where kids will feel comfortable talking to you about their digital activities. In short, you must teach and trust.

    “I am a single parent and my daughter is addicted to her phone. At first I was worried if I did the right thing to buy her phone, but now I am at ease because I mentored her and she surely knows what is wrong or right for her,” the single mom said.

    Technology is a purposeful tool; it only depends on how your kids use it. Teens at present cannot be restrained from using gadgets and the internet, because this will result in backward steps in terms of education and learning to operate in a digital environment. Schools require research, digital communication and computer skills.

    You need to make it clear to your children that technology is not meant for entertainment alone. If they are starting abandon change face-to-face connections with other people, in favour of online socialisation, you need to impose a cutback.

    This is according to a psychologist, who was asked what techniques can help parents control what their children are doing on social media.

    You also need to learn about the different social media platforms, as you cannot guide your children well if you are ignorant. In this aspect, you can request their assistance. Engage in what they are engaging, so you can have first-hand experience.

    Your children should understand that technology is not outside your authority. Some children at present tend to respect their parents’ authority when it comes to chores, being a good student and going home on time. What you need to make them understand is that when it comes to technology, you should also have a say.

    “Once you understand these essential reminders in protecting your child from the dangers of the internet and its benefits, you are all set to be a ‘cool and techy’ but responsible parent.”

    Here are some tips:

    1. Orientate your children that you will be involved. Before anything else, let them know and understand why you have to interfere in their digital engagements.

    2. Establish limits, routines and guidelines. Limits can range from restricting their screen time to the types of websites they are allowed to open. Provide them with the proper guidelines when setting up their social media accounts.

    3. It is critical that you learn technology skills together. Young people tend to learn technology faster. As a way of interacting with your child and knowing their attitudes toward digital platforms, you should let them teach you some of the hacks.

    4. Encourage your kids to talk openly about their online experiences. Create an environment of openness. Understand their experiences, know where they are coming from and help them with the actions they need to take.

    5. When you prevent them from doing something inappropriate, explain why.

    6. Make them understand that you have a certain set of beliefs and principles different from the standards of the internet and other people

    7. Ensure that your child’s digital engagement does not restrict their physical activities and personal interactions with other people (for example, family meals).

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    Skeleton crew amounts to exploitationSkeleton crew amounts to exploitation The Mineworkers Union (MUN) is adamant that it will not be viable to have a skeleton crew operate the Namibia Tantalite Mine once the company retrenches 94 of its employees.

    The mine plans to retrench the employees at the end of this month.

    While visiting the mine at Warmbad on Saturday, MUN southern regional chairperson Allen Kalumbu said a skeleton crew will not be effective as the mine uses labour intensive methods that need manpower.

    “We cannot allow the company to use a skeleton crew as that will mean total exploitation of our workers. One needs at least four to five people to operate the jackhammer. How will one person do that job?” he asked.

    MUN representatives visited the mine to see for themselves whether the company is right in saying the work on site can be done by a skeleton crew.

    “We came here to see the machinery on site, the equipment in place and to determine how many employees are needed to operate it. We need to establish whether a skeleton crew would be able to operate the mine,” Kalumbu said.

    The mine has announced that it will retrench 94 employees because of a water shortage and lack of production. An agreement on severance packages has however not been reached yet and the matter is now with the Labour Commission.

    Namibia Tantalite Mine CEO Larry Johnson on Sunday confirmed that they will make use of a skeleton staff component after the end-of-month retrenchments.

    “We will recruit a skeleton crew but I cannot tell you right now how many people will be involved. The mine will use the same process in terms of production,” he said.

    Kalumbu further called for the labour and mines ministries to intervene in the matter.

    “The mine said come end August, they will retrench the workers whether the dispute is resolved or not… mines minister Tom Alweendo two weeks ago said one job loss is a loss for everyone, now we have so many jobs at stake and the government is running away and leaving it in the hands of the union. Government must rescue us,” he said.


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    Oshitayi land disputed resolvedOshitayi land disputed resolved The Ondangwa town council has resolved a dispute in which a family of seven was facing eviction from their home at Oshitayi townlands in Ondangwa.

    The decision was made in favour of Tarah Nangolo and his family, who were left stranded last year after they were evicted from the house which Nangolo built 2015 in Ondukutu village in Oshitayi.

    It is reported that Nangolo received the land from the late Ondukutu village headman, Tarah Iimbili in 2000.

    In 2015, another village resident, Luther Natangwe Iimbili, approached the Oshakati High Court claiming that the piece of land were Nangolo built his house belongs to him. In November 2015, Nangolo was issued with a court summons. He went to court, but he ended up losing the case in October 2016.

    In April last year, Nangolo was issued with another court letter informing him of the removal of his belongings from his house and ordering him to pay N$84 594. Again on 29 June last year he, was approached by the messenger of the High Court and served with an eviction order.

    It is, however, alleged that that Iimbili claimed to be in posession of a title deed from the town council giving him ownership of the land. The town council challenged the authenticity of Iimbili's documents which the former acting CEO of Ondangwa, Paulus Ndjodhi allegedly signed in 2016.

    The council CEO Ismael Namgongo, said that the issue is a family matter and has nothing to do with the town council.

    “Ondukutu village is part of town council's land, but it has not been proclaimed as a township yet. The area has not been serviced yet and town council has not issued plots or a title deeds to residents - as Iimbili was claiming. The letter in question was issued, but it is not a title deed. It is an acknowledgement letter that he resides in that village. It cannot be used to claim for any land in that village,” Namgongo said.

    “We had a meeting with the community together with the traditional authority and it was resolved that the land belongs to Nangolo.”

    Nangolo, when contacted, would not comment on the matter.


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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Civil society petitions SADC
  • Civil society petitions SADCCivil society petitions SADCCalls for more investments in people Non-governmental players in Southern Africa are demanding greater participation by citizens in how their countries are governed. The SADC People's Summit that ended in Windhoek on Friday called on heads of state to “demilitarise” civilian politics and ensure greater democratic participation of ordinary citizens in the governance of their countries.

    The People's Summit had more than 800 delegates from grassroots social movements, community-based organisations, faith-based organisations, small-scale food producers, women's and labour organisations, students, the youth, and people living with disabilities.

    The summit, which was organised under the name Southern African People Solidarity Network (SAPSN), called on governments to stem human rights abuses by transnational corporations.

    It claimed that these corporations are dispossessing citizens of their land and natural resources while paying slave wages and subjecting workers to working conditions resembling slavery.

    It criticised customary land distribution patterns that predicate women's access to land, and bemoaned unchecked looting and lack of consideration of sensitive ecosystems.

    It also criticised capitalist patriarchal land ownership patters, which it said places the greatest concentration of land ownership in the hands of foreigners.

    Moreover, the People's Summit felt that SADC leaders lack the commitment to properly fund public sectors, in particular education, health and social protection, because most SADC countries have failed to reach their own thresholds in these sectors.

    It further said SADC countries have “insensitive” policies pertaining to young people and children.

    Addressing institutions

    The People's Summit called on regional governments to strengthen independent institutions that support democracy and to upgrade SADC's Principles and Guidelines on Democratic Elections to a protocol that is enforceable on all member states. It called on SADC to set a deadline for Lesotho to start social reforms or face termination of its SADC membership.

    It demanded an inquiry by SADC and the African Union (AU) into the post-election violence in Zimbabwe this month and asked that these bodies develop action plans to strengthen democracy before, during and after elections.

    SAPSN further called on SADC to revive the SADC Tribunal with the powers it had before it was disbanded. SADC adopted a new protocol on the Tribunal in 2014 which stripped it of its power to hear individual complaints.

    Youth employment

    SAPSN said in order to address youth unemployment, the retirement age across the region should be lowered to 55. It also proposed that the age limit of presidential candidates should be reduced to 30.

    It said governments in the region should embark on sustainable youth economic empowerment plans and set an average salary for employees.

    In the same vein it called on all SADC governments to set up an ICT fund and explore youth employment and financing opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

    Economic justice

    The People's Summit called for tighter controls on illicit financial outflows by implementing the recommendations of SADC's High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows of 2014.

    It proposed the introduction of special travel documents for informal cross-border traders and the removal of visa requirements for SADC member states.

    SAPSN also demanded compensation for the exploitation of mineworkers during the colonial and apartheid eras, as well as the introduction of legal frameworks that enable labour-brokered workers to exercise their rights.


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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Student protest aftermath
  • Student protest aftermathStudent protest aftermathKandjii-Murangi on the next step Students staged a demonstration recently against the non-payment of N$700 million in refunds from the finance ministry to the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF). Elizabeth Joseph

    They also demanded that higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi push for the release of N$730 million from treasury owed to them.

    The students were confronted by an allegedly aggressive police force.

    According to the students, they feel disappointed and disregarded, because of certain expectations and promises, which were not kept.

    This was no ordinary, peaceful demonstration because emotions ran high.

    The students also said they were not impressed with how the police handled the demonstration.

    Peter Siska, a fourth-year bachelor of accounting student at Unam said he just wants the student fund and the ministry to keep their promises.

    “To me the demonstration was successful... The interference of the police force was also a big thorn in our sides, because they were brought there to intimidate us and we did not carry any weapons.”

    Nust SRC president, Marvellous Shilongo, said they tried their best to distance themselves from the demonstration.

    The NSFAF board is facing big decisions, which will determine whether the fund will remain a parastatal or whether it will be reintegrated into the higher education ministry.

    The law

    According police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, what was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration quickly turned violent, infringing on the rights of others.

    “The petition which the permanent secretary of the higher education ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr Van Kent, came to receive was willingly withheld by the demonstrators. They demanded that the petition be received personally by the minister herself. After a long, strenuous debate, the minister came and accepted the petition, with the assurance that she will consult management and revert back to the Nanso leadership,” said Kanguatjivi

    The students went further and said they wanted the minister’s undertaking in writing and four of them accompanied her to her office for a discussion.

    “Upon returning from the minister’s office the demonstrators decided that they will not disperse and would stay put, and if necessary they will shut down the ministry, which is a violation of section 3(1) of the Public Gatherings Proclamation, AG23 of 1989, which stipulates that ‘no organisers, speakers or other participants in peaceful demonstrations shall make any utterances that are subversive to the authority of the Government of the Republic of Namibia,” Kanguatjivi said.

    Next step

    Kandjii-Murangi said the next step in ensuring this is not an ongoing crisis is that the students need to trust that the ministry is serious about finding a lasting solution.

    She said it is important to realise that both the students and the ministry equally care about the quality of tertiary education in Namibia.

    “The government will fund what it said it would fund; no doubt about it. Everyone in the Namibian house has to contribute a helping hand.”

    The decision to no longer pay refunds came from the fact that the surplus funds can be utilised to fund for someone else’s education.

    “This demonstration turned into an unfortunate event because no one wants to see anyone get hurt. However it is important for us as a country that upholds law and order that we should continue to uphold it even though emotions run high.”

    Not impressed

    The ACTION Coalition, which has campaigned tirelessly for an access to information law in Namibia, said it was concerned about the police’s behaviour.

    “We are deeply concerned by the violent and intimidating actions employed by the police to disperse demonstrating students. The students were protesting the non-payment of tertiary education fees by NSFAF,” it said, saying further it condemns the physical intimidation, which is reminiscent of the way apartheid security forces used to deal with anti-apartheid demonstrations.

    The ACTION Coalition also drew attention to a trend emerging of police officers responding over-aggressively to protest situations aimed at state and ruling party functionaries and facilities.

    In 2016 students also staged a demonstration to have registration fees waived and protests have also erupted over frustrations about delayed payments.

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    Geingob's blatant interference in judicial affairs must be exposedGeingob's blatant interference in judicial affairs must be exposed I am referring, among other things, to the highlighted contents of a letter which was hurriedly authored and duly signed by Namibian President Hage Geingob on 15 August 2018. As a legal expert and human rights practitioner of repute, I must say that by writing that letter, President Geingob has committed his hitherto worst and most blatant interference in the affairs of the judiciary in violation of, inter alia, articles 12(1)(a) and 78(3), read together with articles 5, 10, 18, 25(1)(a) and 30 of the Namibian constitution as well as rules 38 and 39 and practice direction 19 of the High Court. Here is why:

    1. What President Geingob has done or is doing, is conducting an illegal alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It is illegal because President Geingob is not a High Court judge and President at the same time. He is in any event not lawfully accredited as a mediator and/or conciliator (see inter alia practice direction 19(4)). Secondly, it is illegal because the parties to the Ondonga case dispute did not agree beforehand to appoint him as their private mediator either (see inter alia practice direction 19(3)). He merely abused his power and hurriedly summoned them to appear before him at State House in order to twist their arms and coerce them into a politically-motivated out of court settlement.

    2. The reason(s) the president gives for such interference are totally outrageous, discriminatory and unconstitutional for various reasons. According to his letter, one of the reasons for his interference is in order to ensure that “the dignity of Tatekulu Kauluma is not negated by having him 'paraded' in a court of law and embarrassed in front of his people”. Whatever happened to the constitutional provision that all persons are equal before the law? As far as I know, courts are clean halls of justice and as such they are not forums to negate the dignity or to embarrass any parties or anyone else for that matter! Secondly, President Geingob claims that he knows Omukwaniilwa and his family “personally” and hence his hurried interference to protect his personal acquaintances. This clearly demonstrates that the President's interference is mainly, if not exclusively motivated by and or rooted in his personal relationships with Omukwaniilwa (i.e. tribal chief) and his family! What about those Aakwaniilwas and their families who President Geingob does not know personally?

    3. Article 78(3) of the Namibian constitution strictly prohibits interference of the judiciary by among others residents of Namibia.

    4. Article 12 of the constitution dictates that in the determination of their civil rights and obligations the dignity of all persons before the courts must be respected, protected and realised by all concerned, not least the president.

    5. Article 10 of the said constitution prohibits discrimination of any kind against anyone.

    6. Articles 5, read with and articles 25(1)(a) and 30 of the constitution peremptorily, obligates among others, the president to respect, protect and realise all the fundamental rights and freedoms of everyone.

    President Geingob has just set a very dangerous precedent by perverting the course of justice!

    By: Phil Ya Nangoloh

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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Prosperity for all
  • Prosperity for allProsperity for all Allow me to start by defining prosperity, which is the state of flourishing, thriving, good fortune or successful social status.

    Prosperity often encompasses wealth, but also includes other factors which can be independent of wealth to varying degrees, such as happiness and health.

    Feeling prosperous begins within and if one gets their mind right one can attract all that they want into their life.

    As a nation, we have heard about the inclusive house many a time, which speaks volumes to the current state affairs in Namibia. If this notion was fully captured locally, surely our nation could be in a much better state today, and the sky-high poverty and unemployment levels would be a thing of the past.

    But alas, we still reel under a very dark cloud of corruption, mistrust, anger, greed and selfishness, among many social evils that still bedevil our nation, much to the vexation of the majority, as the few privileged ones benefit.

    Like Anurag Prakash Ray said, “Positive thinking and positive attitude attracts prosperity, peace, and happiness. It also exposes us towards the path of achievements and success.”

    If as a nation, especially the leaders were to espouse this noble notion of prosperity for all, this country with all its plenty of resources could be a nation par excellence within the region and Africa as a whole.

    Rather we find the leadership housed in cabinet fostering for these social ills to continue unabated, because they and their cronies are massively benefiting from what is currently going on in this country.

    Prosperity for all should encompass all and sundry and failure to have this now means we still have issues of abuse of power in many aspect. Many families have collapsed and continue to do so because of the moral decay that is threatening both the rich and the poor of our society.

    This has been worsened by the current and ongoing job losses in various sectors of the economy, leading to the mushrooming of social ills among our people.

    We have turned our people into mendicants who just look out only for today and admittedly adopted the saying that “tomorrow we will make a plan”, which is not how a society and nation that espouses the notion of prosperity for all should function.

    Have we lost this positive thinking that has prosperity inscribed within us to be able to look back and want a better Namibia that has everybody benefiting equally, and stop with the greedy mentality.

    One person will have enough resources to feed a whole neighbourhood and yet fail to assist his fellow countrymen who are in dire need of basic human rights such as food, shelter and clothing, for them to survive.

    It has been said already that if Namibia was to fully utilise and divide its resources equally with such a small population, there would be no unemployment, if not a very small percent of the population, probably due to other factors but not because of the current greed.

    If we as leaders we want a Namibia that has prosperity for all, why don't we start looking at this possibility and begin from the grassroots, and surely we will reach this point in the next ten to 20 years without fail.

    This can only be achieved if we as a nation move in one direction and with one purpose - to better each and every life in this great nation. Every life matters in Namibia.

    By: McHenry Venaani

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    VBS 'paid bribes to PIC, Prasa officials'VBS 'paid bribes to PIC, Prasa officials'Over a billion stolen The “epic” scale of the alleged fraud perpetrated at VBS Mutual Bank is detailed in an explosive new affidavit. VBS fell prey to a fraudulent scheme of epic proportions, which has resulted in a loss to the bank of at least R1 521 925 280.46- Anoosh Rooplal, VBS curator The new affidavit by VBS curator Anoosh Rooplal, including the wanton creation of millions in fake deposits and bribes paid to politicians and “senior officials” of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to get them to deposit public money in the bank.

    The directors of VBS Mutual Bank and its majority owner, Vele Investments, stole more than R1.5 billion from the bank’s depositors, claims the affidavit. It accompanied an urgent application to liquidate Vele, which was filed on Friday. Applications to sequestrate the bank’s executives will follow shortly.

    Most of the shocking details come from evidence provided by VBS’s former treasurer, Phopi Mukhodobwane, who revealed how he and his colleagues allegedly pillaged depositors’ money.

    He also provided evidence of the patronage network built to keep money flowing into the bank.

    An unnamed “senior executive” of the PIC allegedly received a suitcase stuffed with R5m in cash. In return, the PIC gave VBS a R350m credit facility meant to fund VBS’s tender finance business. VBS executives went on to pillage this loan by creating fake finance contracts. The amount of R1.5m was also allegedly paid to “individuals at Prasa” to facilitate a R1 billion deposit which ultimately fell through.

    Mukhodobwane’s evidence also appears to implicate the ANC’s Limpopo treasurer, Daniel Msiza, and the ANC Youth League’s Gauteng leader, Kabelo Matsepe. On December 22 2017, a company owned by Matsepe was paid R1.5 million via a shelf company that Mukhodobwane says was used to channel bribes.

    In messages between VBS executives, they discuss “Kabelo” as well as “Bra Danny” in relation to their help with facilitating municipal deposits into VBS. City Press reported earlier how Msiza received a R9.5m loan from VBS to buy a conference centre in Polokwane, but he said at the time that it was a normal commercial loan.

    Rooplal’s affidavit sheds light on the bizarre movements of money in and out of VBS into various related parties’ accounts that City Press reported on two weeks ago.

    The crux of the fraud was that VBS bosses, in effect, fabricated money by manually entering fictitious “deposits” into the VBS system. These would either be transferred into their own VBS accounts from a so-called suspense account – or be simply fictitiously entered directly into their accounts and the accounts of their other companies, alleges Rooplal.

    Once that was done, the perpetrators could withdraw actual cash or simply have their overdrafts disappear – all at the expense of actual depositors, ranging from individuals to burial societies, the PIC and the municipalities that infamously stuck hundreds of millions of rands into the bank. Vele’s directors allegedly not only used depositors’ money to live large buying cars and houses, but also to acquire practically all their other businesses – and even control over VBS itself – without paying a cent.

    “VBS fell prey to a fraudulent scheme of epic proportions, which has resulted in a loss to the bank of at least R1 521 925 280.46,” claims Rooplal.

    Half of this amount was used by Vele to acquire its various businesses, effectively for free. These “free” acquisitions included Insure Group Management, bought with fake money in order to direct its real money into VBS to help plug the holes the executives were leaving.

    Vele allegedly also acquired Malibongwe Petroleum, Anglo African Finance, Mvunonala and Fairsure with invented money.

    While the fraud was very complicated and pervasive, it was also “unsophisticated”, says Rooplal.

    'Main architect'

    VBS chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi was the “main architect of the fraudulent scheme” and made the most money from it, alleges Rooplal. VBS chief executive Andile Ramavhunga, chief financial officer Philippus Truter, treasurer Mukhodobwane and chief operations officer Robert Madzonga were, however, all part of it, he says.

    Truter, who has worked at VBS since 2005, and Mukhodobwane made the fictitious entries and carried out fraudulent transactions on Matodzi’s instructions, Rooplal alleges.

    Rooplal procured an affidavit from Mukhodobwane testifying to how it was done:

    - Matodzi instructed Truter and Mukhodobwane to facilitate the acquisition of Insure Group Managers for R250 million with fictitious money. The imbalance in VBS’s balance sheet would then be fixed by having Insure deposit its real money back into VBS. The deal was done and the fake R250 million ended up in an Insure account at VBS. From there it was paid out to other related parties, becoming real money. Vele, in effect, “paid nothing for the investment” in Insure, claims Rooplal. Other Vele subsidiaries were bought in the same way.

    - More shockingly, even the controlling share Vele has in VBS was bought without actually paying anything. VBS created a fake R350 million deposit in favour of Vele, of which R90 million was used to buy more shares in VBS. Another R80 million in VBS shares was acquired by having Insure put money in VBS for unrelated purposes.

    - Of the R350 million fake deposit, R48m was paid as “bonuses” to Matodzi, Ramavhunga, Mukhodobwane and Truter.

    - The most complex part of the fraud is R262 million in fake deposits created to settle 35 different overdrafts. Matodzi gave Truter and Mukhodobwane the list of overdrafts to settle with fake money and then told them they were free to pay their own overdrafts the same way. Many of the overdrafts were for Vele and its directors directly, but the list includes a large network of shelf companies with no directors that evidently just channelled the money to Vele.

    “The perpetrators were effectively stealing money at a greater rate than was being deposited into VBS. This resulted in the severe liquidity crisis in which VBS finds itself,” alleges Rooplal.

    “Vele has acted with such dishonesty that, even at this stage, it may prove a difficult task to locate all of the proceeds of the fraud.”

    Demand for liquidation

    Despite the bank becoming a house of cards, KPMG auditor Sipho Malaba signed off VBS’s books last year.

    Rooplal argues for the immediate liquidation of Vele so that he can recover whatever is left of the looted money.

    “I have attempted to engage with the management of Vele, but it has become increasingly unclear as to who is in control, as there is a dispute as to the effective leadership of Vele and its subsidiaries. There is, as far as I am aware, no effective management due to the above dispute, which has led to a breakdown of the management and governance of Vele,” he says.

    Deon Botha, head of corporate affairs for the PIC, sent City Press the following response to the allegations above: “The PIC is not aware of the alleged payment of a bribe to one of its employees. All PIC investments and related financial transactions must comply with the approved mandates of its clients and follow a thorough investment evaluation process. Investment decisions by the PIC are taken by committees and not by any individual. Any investment decision by the PIC may either be subject to approval from the PIC’s board or be reviewed by the board or any of its subcommittees.

    “The PIC fully cooperates with the Reserve Bank as well as the curator and the forensic investigation into VBS, and supports any appropriate action against those responsible for the bank’s demise and those involved in any corrupt practices, including the demand for, payment of or acceptance of bribes.

    “The PIC expects its employees to act in an ethical manner. Should further information emerge that implicates any PIC employee in wrongdoing, the PIC will deal with the matter in terms of its disciplinary codes. It will also request law enforcement agencies to investigate.

    “The PIC supports every effort by the Reserve Bank to restore VBS to a position where it can trade again on a commercial basis in terms of its banking licence.”

    Matsepe also responded, saying: “I confirm that my company had a memorandum of understanding to do capital raising for VBS, which was signed in 2016, and I confirm to helping raise capital and being paid for it.

    “I confirm to helping raise capital from international bankers and I completely deny the mentioned transaction that is said to have happened on December 22 2017.”


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    Professor's autopsy report not yet availableProfessor's autopsy report not yet available Although the post-mortem report has not yet been completed, Namibia's top forensic scientist believes it is likely that Dr Ayetuoma Cyril Ogbokor did commit suicide.

    Ogbokor (56), a professor at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), allegedly committed suicide at his flat in Klein Windhoek on 5 August.

    The police stated in a crime report the next day that the Nigerian national had shot himself in the chest with his pistol. No suicide note was found.

    Ogbokor's family in Nigeria alleged that the police report was a “cover-up” and that the professor had been murdered.

    A relative, who identified himself only as Roy, told the Sahara Reporters website: “With reliable information at our disposal, we, the Ogbokor family, are convinced that our brother and breadwinner was brutally murdered in cold blood and we are demanding justice.

    “There was no iota of truth in the [police] report. We smelt a conspiracy in the report just in the bid to cover up what actually happened to our brother.”

    The chief spokesperson of the Namibian Police, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, said yesterday that the police were still waiting for the post-mortem report.

    He added that the head of the National Forensic Science Institute, Dr Paul Ludik, thinks it was suicide.

    Kanguatjivi said it was evident that the gun had been fired very close to the body.

    “Ludik explained that there have been many suicides in which people did not shoot themselves in the head, but rather in the chest because they did not want their face to be deformed.”

    The fact that Ogbokor had been shot in the chest was one of the arguments made by the family why it could not have been suicide.

    The police spokesman had said earlier that gunshot residue on Ogbokor's hands would prove that he had fired the fatal shot. He could not say yesterday whether this forensic examination had been completed.

    Kanguatjivi said once the autopsy report was completed the police would release a full statement.


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    Outbreak kills 18 000 chickensOutbreak kills 18 000 chickensPoultry farmers urged to vaccinate A respiratory disease has struck Namibia's best-known egg producer near Okahandja. An outbreak of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) has struck one of the largest egg producers in Namibia.

    The disease, which is an acute respiratory disease of chickens, was detected on the Waldschmidt egg farm in the Okahandja district. Preliminary figures indicate that 18 000 chickens were killed.

    ILT often causes severe losses in the poultry industry. It is caused by a herpes virus that usually kills 10% to 20% of infected birds, although mortality can run as high as 70% in some cases.

    The chief veterinary officer in the agriculture ministry, Dr Milton Masheke, was unable to confirm the outbreak yesterday but pointed out that ILT is not a notifiable disease.

    He explained that because producers can control the disease through vaccination it is not necessary them to notify the agriculture ministry about such outbreaks.

    Poultry farmers unusually contact a veterinarian for the vaccine and handle the outbreak themselves.

    Masheke said it is important for other producers to vaccinate their chickens too, in order to ensure that the disease does not spread.

    The chairperson of the Poultry Producers Association, Rene Werner, confirmed ILT outbreak on the Waldschmidt egg farm and said it had not spread to other producers.

    He said vaccinations were under way at the farm near Okahandja.

    The Waldschmidt family could not be reached for comment.

    A meeting was scheduled for yesterday afternoon at the Namibian Agricultural Union to inform poultry producers about the disease and how to control it.

    ILT in its acute form can cause gasping, coughing, rattling, and extension of the neck. Reduced productivity is a varying factor in laying flocks. Affected birds are anorectic and inactive and the mouth and beak may be blood stained.

    Even after recovery, birds remain carriers of the disease for life and become a source of infection for susceptible birds. The latent virus can be reactivated under stressful conditions.

    Masheke said Namibia was still importing very limited numbers of poultry products from South Africa after outbreaks of bird flu there.

    The outbreaks resulted in Namibia's borders to be closed for poultry imports from South Africa.

    Masheke said Namibia had resumed limited imports from very secure areas in South Africa.

    “They are still battling with the disease, but have done a commendable job at containing it,” he said.


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    State demands life imprisonment for murderState demands life imprisonment for murder The State has called on the High Court to impose life imprisonment on a man who was convicted of murdering his former lover in 2013.

    Edmund Nanub (35) was found guilty of killing Getrud Noarises (26) on 11 September 2013 in Windhoek's Havana township by hitting her with bricks, strangling her and stabbing her multiple times in the throat, neck, head and back.

    Nanub was further found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances for robbing the victim of her gas stove.

    State Advocate Eric Moyo yesterday asked Judge Dinnah Usiku to sentence Nanub to life imprisonment.

    “Murder is a very serious offence. A life lost can never be recovered. It is aggravating that the murder was committed with direct intent, which means the accused's blameworthiness is very high,” Moyo argued.

    On the robbery conviction, the prosecution asked that Nanub be sentenced at least five years in prison.

    Nanub, originally from the Erongo Region, was found guilty of murder with direct intent, read in conjunction with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act.

    Noarises was pregnant at the time of her death.

    “The deceased was cold-bloodedly, cowardly and savagely butchered to death, as evidenced by the injuries she sustained,” Moyo submitted.

    Nanub has been in custody since his arrest few days after the murder. The police found him hiding on a farm on the western outskirts of Windhoek.

    Moyo further stated that Nanub had killed Noarises for leaving him for another man and had threatened to kill her if she dared to leave him.

    He said her children, twelve and eight years old, were left motherless.

    “The loss to the surviving members is irreplaceable. Their pain and agony caused by the accused's action will most probably leave their mark on them for years to come or even for the rest of the lives,” the state prosecutor argued.

    Judge Usiku postponed the matter to 21 September for sentencing. Titus Ipumbu appeared for the defence.


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    Global luxury brands chase China's young, rich and spendthriftGlobal luxury brands chase China's young, rich and spendthriftCash-rich millenials Global luxury brands from Prada to LVMH are investing in China There is the emergence in China of a very strong upper class or upper middle class,” Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO, L’Oreal This is happening for the first time since a crackdown on conspicuous spending five years ago, focusing on smaller, less developed cities even as the world’s second-largest economy slows.

    Increasing spend by cash-rich Chinese millennials, largely unhindered by a crackdown on corruption and extravagant spending, is prompting brands to revamp some stores and open new ones in second- and third-tier cities where luxury spending is growing faster.

    The youngsters, who account for around 30% of the sector’s China sales, are a demographic less sensitive to wider economic factors, executives said.

    “There is the emergence in China of a very strong upper class or upper middle class,” Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of cosmetics group L’Oreal said on a call with analysts.

    “And the difference is that now millennials from this middle and middle upper class are absolutely not hesitant to buy luxury brands.”

    Often single children armed with family money, the 20-34 year-old demographic started buying luxury brands at a young age and purchases more frequently, splurging on everything from jewelry and fashion, to cosmetics and handbags, industry experts say.

    Many millennials are also choosing to remain in the country’s outlying provinces, shunning more expensive, larger cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, thanks to rapid industrialization and urbanization.

    “Where the spend is? It is the post-90s, the young generation - definitely a young generation that spends money on luxury,” said Shanghai-based Daniel Zipser, senior partner at McKinsey & Co.

    Revenue growth in China’s luxury segment was around 15-20% for the first half of the year, Zipser added.


    Chinese luxury shoppers account for over US$500 billion yuan (US$73 billion) in annual spending, representing almost a third of the global luxury market, McKinsey said in its latest report.

    Brands including Kering’s Gucci to Britain’s Burberry and French luxury handbag maker Hermes all reported resilient appetite from Chinese shoppers in the second quarter even as escalating China-US trade tensions cast a pall over the broader economy.

    The share of luxury purchases made in China is rapidly increasing, several executives said, spurred by price cuts from top brands after authorities reduced import duties on some goods and made it harder to buy products from overseas websites and vendors. A strong euro at the start of 2018 also put off tourists from spending in Europe, executives said.

    Prices of luxury goods in China, previously significantly higher than in Europe and the United States, have been gradually falling. Taxes have also been lowered by 7-17%, allowing firms to cut prices.

    Italian luxury outerwear maker Moncler has reduced its prices in China by 3.5% on average since July, while Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes have also cut prices.

    “When I compare it with the United States the price difference between brands is not that large,” said Sunny Deng, 28, who studies in America but was on holiday in Shanghai. “Sometimes it’s even cheaper here.”


    To capture the rapidly growing millennial market, global names are increasingly moving further afield from China’s first-tier cities - the previous engines of growth.

    Prada, which reported strong half-year earnings bolstered by Chinese consumers, opened seven stores this year in Xi’an, home of China’s Terracotta Army in the northwest. Three were for the Prada label, two for its Miu Miu brand and two for Church’s.

    LVMH opened a store in the sprawling central city of Wuhan, home to 11 million people, while jewelry brand Chaumet opened a store in the city of Wuxi, outside Shanghai. Hermes is launching a store in Xi’an in September.

    Even so, luxury firms are wary of demand softening in the second half of the year as a trade row between China and the United States escalates.

    “It would be unwise not to make some allowances for the uncertain political and macroenvironment,” Jean-Francois Palus, Kering group managing director, said in July. LVMH chief financial officer Jean Jacques Guiony, on a call with analysts in July, also warned of potential risks from increased global tariffs.

    “Although the luxury industry is not in the front line on this, such a risk would certainly bare some negative consequences for us,” he said.

    Brands have also been putting increasing emphasis on their digital offerings to court China’s online shoppers.

    Louis Vuitton and Gucci both launched Chinese e-commerce sites last year and Hermes plans to roll out its site in China later this year.

    Louis Vuitton has also teamed up with China’s Baidu to use facial recognition to support its first fragrance campaign in the country.

    Zipser said Chinese households were ramping up spending thanks to a younger generation who enjoyed buying luxury. McKinsey expects incremental spend from existing Chinese customers to account for 60% of the next 10 years of growth. “It is all the extra spend per person increasing on that. In the past, it was primarily more people. Now it is more people plus more spend of existing people,” he said.


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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Why we seek approval
  • Why we seek approvalWhy we seek approval Michelline Nawatises

    From childhood, we constantly push ourselves to impress the people around us, whether they be family, friends or anybody who happens to be in front of us at a particular moment.

    During all the time we spend trying to make those people like us, we never stop to ask ourselves why we desire their approval.

    Part of it could be that we need the ones around us to see our accomplishments, in order to feel valid.

    We naturally refuse to trust our own judgements and no matter how egotistical we may appear, in the end we still require the assurance of others to feel good about ourselves.

    Perhaps one reason we feel the need to be appraised by others is because we desire to feel like we are more important to our peers than we are to ourselves. Feeling loved and belonging is the third most important aspect of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, meaning we need to feel loved in order to have self-esteem and achieve self-actualisation.

    People are most critical of themselves and therefore feel validated by others around them, who assure them of their accomplishments. Those who boast of their own success seek only to have other people appreciate and support them. Because people constantly need reassurance and positive feedback about every little thing they do, they avoid people who are prone to discredit their success and bring them down.

    Taking time out of the day to spend time with people who are constantly showing contempt for our achievements proves to be a remarkably hard task, as it takes plenty of willpower to listen to the opinions of those who are simply trying to bring down our self-esteem. Because we do not trust ourselves, we seek positive views held of us by other people. Nothing is more reassuring to people than feeling like they belong, rather than like an outcast with poor ideas and very few accomplishments. Being reminded of our success by other people makes us feel secure and more confident about ourselves.

    The first and most important sources of approval to us are our parents, who raise us to be a certain way from the day we are born, and expect us to obey them in every circumstance. Our parents put us through school, enforce their will upon us and punish us for disobedience.

    In school we might have to achieve a grade threshold to be approved by our parents, who validate and secure our success. Some of us lose the ability to achieve high grades for ourselves, learning only to succeed in order to gain approval from our parents.

    This early conditioning holds a major impact for a child's later life, as you become used to impressing and pleasing those who you value.

    Instagram and Twitter are two of the most popular social media sites on the web, which people consistently use as ways to validate their lives.

    Posting a picture on Instagram of an award or of your graduation are ways of getting other people to see what you are doing and assures us that they are happy for us.

    Nobody on Instagram posts a picture without first considering how many likes they will get.

    Social media causes people to seek approval even more and results in constant posts or tweets to find other people who like us or agree with what we have to say.

    We all consistently say and do things that misrepresent our character, for the purpose of gaining approval. When we are in a group that expresses an opinion different from ours, we conform by agreeing with them as to acquire their approval.

    Why do we feel the necessity to gain approval? Earlier I mentioned the hierarchy of needs, which places all the basic needs of life in order of importance. First there are physiological needs - what we physically need to survive: food, water, air, sleep, clothing, etc.

    Without these needs the human body cannot be sustained and ultimately fails to support itself.

    After physical needs come safety needs, or feelings of security, such as personal and financial security and health and hygiene. Once physiological and safety needs are met, people then seek to fill their core emotional needs.

    This is not a choice, as we require friendships and deep emotional ties to feel more secure about ourselves. The reason we seek out the approval and affection of other people is to make us feel better and more comfortable with our own lives.

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    Massacre suspect sent for evaluationMassacre suspect sent for evaluationPolice officers may be charged with negligence A Rundu man charged with killing five members of his family has been sent for psychiatric evaluation. A man charged with five counts of murder for allegedly killing his grandmother, mother and three nephews at Rundu's Ndama location in July made his second court appearance yesterday.

    Jesaya Gabriel Chuhunda (20) appeared before Magistrate Sonia Samupofu in the Rundu magistrate's court.

    The case was postponed to 23 November for further police investigation and for Chuhunda to apply for legal aid and undergo psychiatric evaluation.

    Chuhunda remains in police custody. He was arrested on 1 July after allegedly killing his grandmother, Ndongo Ntumba (77), his mother, Ndara Elizabeth Mpande (46), and his three nephews, Musenge Petrus Muruti (6), Hausiku Daniel Kapumburu (4) and Musenge Elias Tjingelesu (3).

    According to the police, Chuhunda went berserk when his sister refused to give him money.

    “The motive behind the suspect's actions is allegedly that he demanded to be given money earlier during the day. However, the money was not given to him and as a result he assaulted the sister. The sister went to report the matter to the police and that agitated the suspect, who then assaulted his family, killing them instantly with a stick,” the crime report read.

    It is further alleged that Chuhunda is a drug user and could be mentally challenged.

    On 23 July, the police chief, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, confirmed that an investigation into possible police negligence in the case was nearing completion. He said “five or six officers” would likely be charged with negligence.

    There was a public outcry after allegations were made on social media that Chuhunda's sister had called the police shortly before the mass murder but that they did not respond as there was no transport available.


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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Release the master list!
  • Release the master list!Release the master list! The lands ministry has been dilly-dallying for too long in terms of requests by the public and the Office of the Ombudsman to release the resettlement master list of farm beneficiaries before the second national land conference, slated for early October. Although Ombudsman John Walters has started investigating allegations of the unfair allocation of farming units as part of the land resettlement programme, there is a strong likelihood that the master list won't be made public. Calls to investigate the list of all those who have benefited from land resettlement were specifically made by former deputy land reform minister Bernadus Swartbooi, following his public fallout with his seniors in both government and Swapo. Since then members of the public and other pressure groups, including opposition political parties, have also called on government to release the master list of farm beneficiaries. Walters, in an interview with Namibian Sun last week, confirmed he was still waiting for the master list despite requests made to the line ministry more than two months ago. The land reform ministry's refusal to hand over the list not only adds to lingering frustrations regarding the unequal distribution of land, but also seems to confirm the assertion that a significant number of well-connected individuals have been benefiting from the resettlement programme, at the expense of ordinary, landless Namibians. The master list should be released and made public before the land conference, considering that a big chunk of the land debate stems from the resettlement programme, which has been a hot potato for years. How do we expect the national land conference to come up with workable and tangible solutions if the master list is not an agenda of the indaba, which seeks to correct the wrongs of the past 28 years or so? It is rather sad that Namibians continue to be denied limited opportunities to benefit from what their forebears fought for.

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    Competition watchdog seeks justice for panel beatersCompetition watchdog seeks justice for panel beatersInsurance companies could go to court As from next week, the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) will decide whether or not to refer a price fixing matter by various short-term companies to High Court for action. By setting similar mark-ups and rates, the insurance companies have further reduced competition amongst themselves as these rates and mark-ups influence the premiums they charge their consumers (the policyholders)- NaCC NDAMA NAKASHOLE

    The competition watchdog has put in spotlight Santam Namibia, Alexander Forbes Insurance, Hollard Insurance , Old Mutual Short-Term Insurance, Outsurance Namibia, Phoenix Assurance Namibia and Momentum Short-Term Insurance (previously Quanta Insurance) for having had engaged in illegal anti-competitive practices, specifically price-fixing.

    Price fixing is a practice whereby rival companies come to an illicit agreement not to sell goods or services below a certain price.

    The insurance companies’ sin is that they have set up maximum mark-up rates that panel beaters should charge for repairs to insured vehicles.

    Mark-up rates refer to the margins that panel beaters add on top of the costs of vehicle parts.

    In a media statement yesterday, the NaCC said that their investigation has further found that on top of setting maximum mark-ups on parts, these insurance companies further impose maximum labour rates to be charged by panel beaters for the rendering of their services. Labour rates refer to the costs per hour charged by panel beaters for the repair of vehicles.

    “The conduct by the insurance companies (otherwise competitors) is designed to subvert competition and is characterised globally as cartel conduct being amongst the most egregious forms of collusion between competitors,” the competition watchdog further said.


    These insurance companies unjustly influence the price rather than allowing competition to determine the prevailing market conditions, the NaCC said.

    These insurance companies further benefit from the costs imposed to the detriment of reduced panel beater competition and limited consumer choice and potentially, prevent consumers from having access to better pricing, the commission added.

    “By setting similar mark-ups and rates, the insurance companies have further reduced competition amongst themselves as these rates and mark-ups influence the premiums they charge their consumers (the policyholders),” the NaCC further claims

    Ultimately, insurance companies benefit from potentially unfair excess profits that would ordinarily not prevail in the absence of their anti-competitive prohibited conduct, says the competition watchdog.

    “The conduct of these insurance companies has further adverse effects on the competitiveness of the downstream market, being the panel beater market. Under normal competitive conditions, insurance companies would consider the lowest substantial quotation from a group of panel beaters, panel beaters would as a result seek to compete against each other to ensure that they secure the work through employing innovative strategies that would reduce cost and improve efficiency,” it says.

    This innovation, according to NaCC, has been curtailed as a consequence of the behaviour by the insurance companies.


    The commission highlighted that its findings are preliminary and that no final decision has been made. Because of that, all affected parties, including the insurance companies, have been duly notified of the commission’s findings and an oral conference is scheduled for 29th August 2018.

    “At this conference these undertakings are expected to make representations to the commission on its preliminary investigative findings before a final determination is made regarding whether or not the commission will refer the matter to the High Court for remedial action as prescribed in the Competition Act.”

    The setting of mark ups and labour rates, which are in material respects identical between the various insurance companies, gives rise to a finding that there exists a concerted practice between the insurance companies mentioned above, the commission further said.

    Market Watch’s efforts to get comment from the insurance companies proved futile by the time of going to print.

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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Dangwa makes waves
  • Dangwa makes wavesDangwa makes waves Takes opera world by storm Michelline Nawatises

    Emily Dangwa did her undergraduate studies in opera and postgraduate degree in music performance at the University of Cape Town.

    “My mother tells me that I used to sing everywhere and make noise in the house with pots and pans. I imitated soloists on TV, when I was as young as five. Music, specifically singing, is the only art form that focuses me and gives me peace, I was born to be a musician,” she says.

    Among her major challenges is the lack of exposure given to classical music.

    “It makes it difficult for people to want to follow you, until they hear you. Only through experiencing the art form does the audience begin to appreciate the quality and work behind the voice.”

    According to Dangwa the country that provides the most opportunities to aspiring opera singers in Africa is South Africa, specifically Cape Town.

    “Cape Town has the best opera school in Africa and they have yearly operas they put on at the Baxter Theatre and at Artscape, which have big followings.”

    When asked what she does to keep her voice in a good shape, Dangwa said her voice has adapted to her lifestyle.

    “I do vocal exercises, continuously stretching my voice up and down, working on its dynamics; so to sing opera you must train your body like an athlete, hence the nine years of formal vocal training,” she said.

    To acquire the training required to perform opera at a professional level, one must enroll at a university, college or conservatoire. Your voice has to be guided by a skilled vocal trainer.

    International exams need to be taken and practical performances need to be undertaken, to execute what you have learned.

    Dangwa taught at a pre-primary and primary school for a year, teaching music as part of the curriculum.

    She has been teaching at a Windhoek music academy for two years, giving piano, music theory and vocal training.

    Dangwa prepares her ED Music Academy students for auditions.

    One of the events her students take part in is Song Night, which gives then a platform every second month to perform.

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  • 08/20/18--16:00: Maternity leave revisited
  • Maternity leave revisitedMaternity leave revisitedSocial Security would bear the brunt A proposed two-week increase in paid maternity leave would benefit everyone in the long run, experts say. The government is considering extending paid maternity leave from 12 to 14 weeks.

    Unam economics professor Omu Kakujaha-Matundu says “anything that will strengthen the support to mothers” should receive backing.

    He says prolonging the time mothers are able to breastfeed their babies has many short- and long-term benefits, reflecting similar arguments put forward by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC).

    The LAC has long proposed extending maternity leave up to six months. This is in line with the World Health Organisation's recommendation that mothers should be able to breastfeed exclusively for six months, promoting the long-term health of children, and thus, future generations.

    “Six months' maternity leave after the birth will have a big picture impact on the economy, promoting productivity and stimulating business. Business will benefit from staff retention, decreased absenteeism and better staff morale,” the LAC said in 2012.

    The LAC said the extension could be gradually introduced by adding just a week or two each year to reduce the impact on employers.

    It argued that allowing women more time with their babies would keep them in the labour force.

    “Currently some women may resign when they realise that to return to work eight weeks after the birth of their child is too soon. In contrast, six months' maternity leave after the birth would allow more women to return to the workplace.”

    The LAC rejected the argument that women would have more children if they were given six months' maternity leave as an “illogical assumption”.

    Kakujaha-Matundu agrees that longer maternity leave would benefit parents and employers alike.

    “Breastfed babies are less likely to be sick, not only saving the country a lot of money in terms of health spending, but is similarly good for the employer as it cuts the days mothers are absent from work to care for a sick child. So in the end, prolonged maternity leave is a win-win situation,” Kakujaha-Matundu says.

    He says it is not surprising that the International Labour Organisation recommends a minimum of 14 weeks' maternity leave.

    “It has been proven that breastfed children perform both emotionally and intellectually superior to their peers. So it is beneficial, in the long term, for employers to support the extension of maternity leave to 14 weeks.”

    Adhere to convention

    Namibian Employers' Federation (NEF) secretary-general Tim Parkhouse agrees that maternity leave is essential for the well-being of the mother and the baby and should be encouraged.

    “As such the NEF does not have a problem with this increase of two weeks.”

    Parkhouse says although an extension would increase the cost of employment, it would mainly be felt by the state.

    He says the critical question to investigate is whether the maternity, sick and death (MSD) fund of the Social Security Commission (SSC) can carry the additional cost, “bearing in mind that in most cases the woman will be covered under that fund”.

    This could mean an increase in Social Security contributions, which now stand at 1.8% of a person's salary.

    If a woman is not registered with the SSC, or does not yet qualify for maternity benefits, her employer would have to carry the cost of maternity leave, Parkhouse says.

    He points out that Namibia's constitution requires compliance with the conventions of the ILO and as such, the 14-week maternity leave should be implemented.

    On the other hand, Kakujaha-Matundu warns that extended maternity leave could lead to discrimination against women, as employers would prefer to employ men.

    International standards

    Earlier this month, labour permanent secretary Bro-Matthew Shinguadja said the ministry had prioritised its review of the maternity leave benefit.

    Last year's Swapo congress proposed that the government revise its maternity leave policy and increase it to 14 weeks in line with the ILO recommendation.

    Shinguadja said the issue was being reviewed by a tripartite labour advisory council which would submit its recommendations to the labour ministry.

    If it is recommended that Namibia comply with the ILO convention, the minister of labour would have to initiate the amendment of the Social Security Act and the Labour Act, Shinguadja explained.


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    Police raid cult, arrest 'pastor'Police raid cult, arrest 'pastor' The evening prayer session at the Fountain of Living Waters Ministries at Katutura's Freedom Square was violently interrupted on Sunday when police officers stormed the church building following complaints of cultist activities and that some members are held at the church against their will.

    The police had to use quite a bit of force to gain entry to the church as the pastor refused them entry and in the process left him with a cut to his lip.

    The pastor, Jacques Sumpi, a Congolese national, was arrested and was sitting in handcuffs when the media arrived at the scene yesterday morning.

    He simply nodded when asked about the allegations of cultist activities and lowered his head when Namibian Sun asked him why congregants were fed sand and olive oil.

    The pastor and his followers were kept at the church overnight under police guard after the Sunday raid.

    Police investigations are now in full swing with the assistance of forensic scientist Dr Paul Ludik, who is part of the investigation team.

    The room was scattered with containers of sand and olive oil and plastic water bottles labelled 'judgment'.

    The governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, was at a loss of words as she took in the picture of starved and thirsty churchgoers.

    Most of the congregants are reportedly students at Nust or IUM.

    “What I am seeing here doesn't look good… it even looks satanic. I hear that they are being served with a mixture of olive oil and sand. Some are weak, unable to talk about their experiences. Maybe they were warned that whatever they hear or do here must stay here,” the governor said.

    Rita Hengari, the aunt of one of the congregants, said her niece had been in the church for about four years, joining it shortly after the birth of her three-year-old child.

    “She told us the pastor demanded her to remain at the church so that they could 'heal' her after her labour pains. We only get to see her once in a blue moon. We saw her last month but she told us that her phone would be off because she was at church,” said Hengari.

    Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua said he was shocked to the core to found these kinds of activities in the city. “They say it is a church, but it is clear that there are no normal church activities going on here,” he said.

    He added that his interaction with some of the congregants indicated that they were brainwashed and warned not to talk to outsiders.

    “I understand that some of them were working but had to quit their jobs because the church demands so. I also wonder why they are afraid to speak up if things are not questionable,” he said.

    The congregants were scattered across the church hall, some sitting or lying on thin mattresses, while others were seated on plastic chairs and covered with fleece blankets.

    Very few of the congregants were willing to talk about their experience, but the few that did insisted that there was nothing untoward happening during the fellowship and prayer sessions.

    One man who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were merely praying when the police stormed the church.

    As he tightened his striped blanket around his knees, he whispered that they had finished their church service which lasted from 15:00 until 17:00.

    “We were busy with our half night prayers… it was about 22:00… and then the police came with people who said they were looking for their relatives.”

    According to Chief Inspector Christina van Dunem Fonsech, the police found two girls locked up in a container in the church.

    “The people are here locked up in the church. The pastor told them that if they leave the church they will die,” she said.

    She added that Sumpi has many other churches across the country, but it is unclear whether they are registered.

    She added that those congregants who looked frail and ill would be taken to hospital whether they wanted to or not. Some have refused medical treatment.

    The police investigation is continuing and the police are still monitoring the church building.


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  • 08/21/18--16:00: Race row hits hockey
  • Race row hits hockeyRace row hits hockeyFrustrated mom causes social media storm Social media is abuzz after a young black player was dropped from the u-16 girl's national hockey squad that is preparing to travel to Zimbabwe for a youth tournament. Ruth Herunga has taken to social media to speak out against her daughter, Liya, being unceremoniously dropped from the national under-16 girls' hockey squad that is set to travel to Zimbabwe.

    According to the frustrated mom, the St Paul's College player was replaced for no clear reason.

    This led her to the conclusion that Liya was dropped, not because of her capabilities but because of her skin colour.

    “My daughter started playing hockey at the age of six years. Outdoor, indoor schools hockey, she was always in the A-team. She was voted sports woman of the year and represented the country since the age of 12, in 2016, 2017 and 2018,” Herunga said on Twitter.

    Many of her followers offered their support, saying they had similar experiences when their children and family members were sidelined while taking part in certain sports codes, including cycling, inline hockey and swimming.

    “My career never took off because I was always put on the rugby reserve team back in the day, even though I was a great athlete,” said Paul Simon.

    First lady Monica Geingos, who is an avid Twitter user, threw her weight behind Herunga and offered her support.

    “I'm sorry Liya is going through this. I know the pain of protecting a child from racial micro-aggression… Let me know what we can do to help Liya and effect structural change,” Geingos said.

    “This is particularly serious in countries like Namibia and South Africa as we continuously fail to produce demographically representative teams. It's an indictment.”

    Sport permanent secretary, Emma Kantema-Gaomas, said the ministry is there to serve and strive for equal opportunities for all youth.

    Zimbabwean parliamentarian Charlton Hwende said the situation was despicable and that an all-white hockey team will be met with protests in his country.

    John Muinjo encouraged Herunga to demand answers from the Namibia Hockey Union (NHU).

    “That is a development team. There is no way a all-white team is allowed to leave the country and tour an African country despite cognisant of the fact that the only time most people feel injustice is when it happens to them (sic),” he said.

    It is understood that Herunga met with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) on Monday and according to chief administrator Freddy Mwiya, the tour was stopped.

    Mwiya said they acted promptly the moment they found out about the issue and gave the NHU directives and guidelines to follow.

    “We had discussions with all the parties involved and the NHU agreed to allow the girl back on the team as they did not have any reason to cut her from the team, but at this stage the team is no longer travelling. They are trying to negotiate with Zimbabwe in order for games to be postponed so the issues can be resolved.”

    Mwiya further urged parents to speak out if they are not satisfied with federations.

    “Don't be afraid to approach us, it is our job to regulate. So many children are being victimised and it is our job to stop this.”

    It is also understood that the coach has stepped down and plans are in place to replace her.


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    Stars prepare for title defenceStars prepare for title defence MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions African Stars have begun their preparations for the 2018/19 season.

    It was previously announced the league could possibly kickoff in mid-September.

    “The players started jogging on Monday and we will continue doing that for the moment. I can also confirm that we have not made any signings yet,” long-serving team manager Lesley Kozonguizi said yesterday.

    Stars won the title last season, after accumulating 64 points and winning 19 matches.

    The club drew on seven occasions, while losing only four out of 30 matches.

    The champions scored 40 goals and conceded 14, with star striker Panduleni Nekundi netting 15 goals. Nekundi is, however, currently struggling with an abdominal muscle injury.

    Players like Ratanda Mbazuvara and captain Ronald Ketjijere are expected to be fit, given that they have been training with the national team ahead of the Afcon qualifier against Zambia slated for next month.

    Stars' arch-rivals, Black Africa, failed to pip the champions to the post last season and finished on 55 points.

    The Mighty Gunners came in third with 54 points, while delivering their best performance ever in the premier league.

    Unam FC also had a good campaign, taking fourth spot with 48 points.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Bolt takes first steps on Man Utd dreamBolt takes first steps on Man Utd dreamTrains with professional club He showed glimpses of good control, but also some heavy touches, favouring his left foot. Usain Bolt has taken the first tentative steps towards his Manchester United dream after the sprint king joined Australian side Central Coast Mariners for his first training session Tuesday.

    “It's just like track and field - the first day of training is always the roughest one. You can tell how much work you need to put in. But it felt okay, you know,” said Bolt after the 45-minute workout.

    The superstar athlete has been given an opportunity by the Mariners despite already trying out with teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa to no avail, since retiring from athletics last year.

    They hope to turn him into A-League material in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October, with the club saying he can stay indefinitely to prove his credentials.

    The eight-time Olympic champion and the fastest man on earth said he was determined to prove any doubters wrong.

    “I'm not setting myself any targets, I'm just going to put in the work,” he said.

    Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

    He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles before deciding to pursue his real passion - football.

    His love of football began at school, where he was a goalkeeper before moving to centre back, left wing and finally striker.

    “I'm okay on the wing, good at centre forward, but the coach will determine where I play and in what formation. I don't even know,” he said, sitting alongside club coach Mike Mulvey. Asked his first impressions, Mulvey said it clear Bolt had been nervous, but added: “It's just his first day. He's a fantastic athlete and we're absolutely delighted to have him here with us.”

    Despite starting a football career at an age when many are thinking about calling it quits, Bolt said he thrived on challenges and admitted in the back of his mind was a dream to play at Old Trafford.

    “One of my biggest dreams is to play for Manchester United that could be my biggest dream even if it is just for five games, one game, it would be a dream come true because I am a massive fan.”


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    The adrenaline-pumping New Mégane R.S. is here!The adrenaline-pumping New Mégane R.S. is here!Unrivalled in its class Eagerly awaited by sports driving enthusiasts, the New Mégane R.S. can be aptly described in two words – pure performance for people who love to drive. The 4CONTROL system is a dream come true for every driver looking for efficiency. - Nico Hülkenberg, Renault Sport Formula One Team driver The New Mégane R.S. was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017, and it is with pride that Renaults now offers this magnificent R.S. model with its range. Aiming to become – like its predecessors – a benchmark in the C-segment hot hatch market, this third generation of Mégane R.S. is packed full of Renault Sport expertise and passion.

    Driven by its powerful design and focused on performance, the New Mégane R.S. makes no attempt to hide its motorsport pedigree, offering outstanding driving pleasure on the road and on the track. Enhancements over the previous generation ensure the New Mégane R.S is unrivalled in its class:

    · A chassis combining efficiency, agility, stability and comfort, equipped with the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system and four hydraulic bump stop shock absorbers;

    · A new generation 1.8-litre turbo engine, delivering 205kW and 390Nm thanks to the development work jointly carried out by engineers from Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing;

    · State-of-the-art technological features, such as R.S. vision and Multi-sense.

    · Two R.S. model versions will be available: Megane R.S. CUP Manual and Megane R.S. LUX EDC.

    Since the first generation of Mégane R.S. was released in 2003, greater performance and more technology has been a constant, offering improved driving pleasure without sacrificing the car’s versatility for everyday use. Launched in 2009, Mégane III R.S. has become a genuine icon.

    “We’re proud to have managed to produce a car with improved cornering efficiency, largely due to the introduction of 4CONTROL. The system improves both agility on tight corners and stability on fast bends, on the road and on the track. Drawing on the brand’s vast motorsport heritage, New Renault Mégane R.S. has been designed by people who are passionate about cars for people who love to drive. Its versatility also makes it perfectly suited to everyday use,” says Patrice Ratti, managing director of Renault Sport Cars.

    “After having been involved in the development process during 2017, I’m very proud to be the ambassador for New Renault Mégane R.S. I had the opportunity to drive the car at various racetracks – Monaco, Montlhéry and Spa-Francorchamps – and I was impressed by the efficiency of the latest on-board technologies. The 4CONTROL system is a dream come true for every driver looking for efficiency, since it improves both the agility and the stability of the car. It’s a shame that four-wheel steering systems are banned in Formula 1!” says Nico Hülkenberg, Renault Sport Formula One Team driver and Renault Sport Cars ambassador.

    Fifteen years on

    Expanding Renault's sports car range, Mégane II R.S. was unveiled at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. It hit the roads and showrooms the following year, boasting a powerful 225hp engine and already featuring independent steering-axis front suspension. A Trophy version, equipped with a more radical chassis, was released in 2005. Two years later, the F1 Team R26 – which paid tribute to Renault's World Championship titles – introduced limited slip differential.

    The Mégane II R.S. adventure concluded in style in 2008 with the limited edition R26.R. A staggering 123kg lighter, it broke the lap record for a production car with a time of 8:17 on the Nürburgring's Nordschleife.

    The third generation of Mégane picked up the baton in 2009, with a 250hp engine and an even more distinctive, muscular look with the introduction of the F1-style blade on the front bumper. Until 2016, the career of Mégane III R.S. evolved through the release of limited editions and stylistic changes. In 2011, the Trophy version, with its new 265hp engine, impressed with a new lap record at the Nürburgring (8:07.97).

    Times improved further with the 275 Trophy and the Trophy-R (2014). Driving this last version, Laurent Hurgon dipped under the eight-minute mark on the Nordschleife, setting a third record with a time of 7:54.36.

    More than 53 000 cars from the first two generations of Mégane R.S. were sold in Europe, as well as in Japan, Australia, South Africa and beyond.

    Design also means performance

    With expressive and sporty styling, the New Mégane R.S. has been designed to deliver performance, right down to the very last detail. The specific body sides mean that the wings have been widened by 60mm at the front and 45mm at the back (in comparison to the Mégane GT). With the ride height lowered by 5 mm compared with Mégane GT and new 18- or 19-inch wheels, these new proportions make the car naturally more aggressive.

    This powerful design is boosted by a number of features taken from the world of motorsport, which immediately place the New Mégane R.S. in the high-performance category, namely;

    · A wide air intake in the front bumper that incorporates the F1-style front blade, a hallmark of Renault Sport styling that reflects the brand's involvement in Formula 1. The blade's Gun Metal Grey satin-finish colour contrasts with the brilliant shine of the bodywork;

    · A 3D honeycomb-pattern grill mesh reinterpreted by Renault Sport;

    · Sculpted, sensual body sides inherited from the design of Renault Mégane are accentuated by the wider front and rear tracks;

    · Wing-mounted air extractors, which optimise air flow through the wheel arches;

    · A side sill establishes a link between the front and the rear, the black blade of which evokes the undertray of a Formula 1 car;

    · A redesigned, narrower rear spoiler to improve aerodynamic performance. Whilst emphasising the width of the car, the vertical vents contribute to aerodynamic efficiency by providing improved lateral air flow;

    · A rear bumper with a built-in diffuser and the iconic central exhaust that has come to epitomise Mégane R.S., enhanced by a decorative trim;

    · Improved efficiency of the diffuser compared with the previous generation. Whilst boosting the sporty feel of the design, this aerodynamic component helps to increase downforce;

    · The Brembo® brake callipers are painted red on the Cup chassis for instant recognition to enthusiasts.

    The New MÉGANE R.S. also stands out with an emblematic colour: Tonic Orange, which supplements the palette of Renault Sport colours. Like Sirius Yellow, this new colour has been specifically developed for a vibrant finish and unique reflective effects, highlighting the profile of the car. – Quickpic

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    Omusita gwongeleka a mangwa poOmusita gwongeleka a mangwa po Ongulohi yomagalikalo mongeleka yedhina Fountain of Living Waters Ministries moFreedom Square moKatutura oya yi wa moshipala mOsoondaha, sho aanambelewa yopolisi ya ponokele ongeleka ndjoka sha landula omanyenyeto ngoka ga ningwa kutya ongeleka ndjoka otayi kwatapo ombambyona iilyo yawo yimwe, shaaheli pahalo lyawo.

    Opolisi oya longitha oonkondo okuya meni lyongeleka ndjoka konima sho omusita a tindi okupitika opolisi yi ye meni lyongeleka nomekondjitho ndyoka, osha etitha omusita ngoka e tetwe komulungu.

    Omusita Jacques Sumpi, ngoka e li omukwashigwana gwaCongo okwa tulwa miipandeko, na okwa adhika a tulwa kopolisi miiketanga sho iikundaneki ya thiki pehala mpoka.

    Okwa komona komutse sho a ningilwa omapulo kombinga yomapopyo ngoka ta ningilwa, na okwa sizimike oshipala she pevi sho oshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun she mu pula kutya omolwashike aalanduli yongeleka ye taya li evi oshowo omagadhi go olive.

    Omusita ngoka pamwe naalandu li yeo ya lala ongulohi ndjoka mongeleka metonatelo lyopolisi, shalandula okashaya hoka ka ningwa kopolisi.

    Omakonaakono gopolisi ngashiingeyi otaga ningwa okuudha meyambidhidho lyomunambelewa gwoforensic scientist Dr Paul Ludik, ngoka e li oshitopolwa shomakonaakono ngoka.

    Ondunda ndjoka oya adhika nuundini wu na omavi oshowo omagadhi nuundini womeya wa shangwa “epangulo”.

    Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKhomas okwa li a kumwa noonkondo na ke na omatumbulu okutya sho ta thaneke omathano gaalanduli yongeleka ndjoka ya sa enota nokusa ondjala.

    Oyendji yomaalanduli yongeleka ndjoka aniwa aailongi koshiputudhilo shaNust oshowo IUM.

    “Shoka tandi tala mpaka nena kashi shi oshiwanawa…otashi monika sha fa iilonga ya satana. Ondu uvu kutya aantu mboka otaya paluthwa nevi lya tulwa mumwe nomagadhi. Yamwe kaye na oonkondo, yamwe itaya vulu okupopya, ngiika oya kunkililwa kutya kehe shoka taya mono nenge taya uvu inaye shi popya,” ngoloneya a popi

    Rita Hengari, yinagona gwa gumwe gwomaalanduli yongeleka ndjoka, okwa popi kutya omwanagona okwa kala mongeleka mona uule woomvula ne, konima owala sho ka pulumutha okanona ke koomvula ndatu monena.

    “Okwe tu lombwele kutya omusita okwe mu pula a kale kongeleka opo a yaluthwe okuza kuuwehame wepulumutho. Ohatu mu mono owala lumwe momwedhi. Otwe mu mono omwedhi gwapiti ihe okwe tu lombwele kutya ongodhi ye otayi kala ya dhima molwaashoka okuli kongeleka.” Mayola gwoshilando shaVenduka, Muesee Kazapua okwa popi kutya okwa haluka noonkondo sho iiningwanima yoludhi ndoka tayi ningilwa moshilando.

    Okwa popi kutya oonkambadhala dhe okupopya nayamwe yomaalanduli yongeleka ndjoka, otashi ulike kutya oya gunwa opo ka ya popye naantu.

    Okwa tsikile kutya yamwe oya li haya longo ihe ongeleka oye ya pula opo ya thigepo iilonga yawo.

    Aashona yowala yomaalanduli yongeleka ya popi ihe oya popi kutya kape na uupyakadhi washa molwaashoka yo otaya ningi owala ohungi yawo yomagalikano.

    Omulumentu gumwe ngoka a popi okwa ti yo oyali owala taya galikana sho opolisi ya ponokele ehala ndyoka.

    Tiisikile ekumbatha lye poongolo okwa popi pevi kutya, yo oya mana owala nomagalikano gawo ngoka haga tameke potundi onti 15:00 sigo ontundi 17:00 sho opolisi ya ponokele ongeleka yawo, pamwe naantu mboka ya popi kutya otaya kongo aakwanezimo yawo.

    Pahapu dhaChief Inspector Christina van Dunem Fonsech, opolisi oya adha uunona uwali wuukadhona wa patelwa mekondeina limwe pongeleka ndjoka.

    “Aantu ohaya patelwa mongeleka ndjika. Omusita oheya ya lombwele kutya ngele oya thigi po ongeleka otayi si po.”

    Okwa gwedha po kutya Sumpi oku na oongeleka dhilwe moshilongo na kaku shiwike ngele odha shangithwa.

    Okwa popi kutya aalanduli yongeleka mboka taya ulike taya ehama otaya falwa koshipangelo opo ya ka mone epango.


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    Efudho lyokupulumutha tali talulululwaEfudho lyokupulumutha tali talulululwaElelepeko lyefudho ndyoka otali ka gandja uuwanawa koombinga adhihe Epangelo otali pangele okuninga omalunduluko nokutalulula efudho lyaakiintu mboka taya pulumutha, opo li lelepekwe okuza piiwike 12 okuya piiwike 14. Omuprofesa gwopaliko moshiputudhilo shaUnam, Omu Kakujaha-Matundu okwa popi kutya kehe shoka tashi ningwa mokunkondopeka nokuyambidhidha oomeme, osha pumbwa okupopilwa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya okulelepeka ethimbo ndyoka aakiintu taya ka vula okuyamutha uunona wawo kontulo oshi na iilanduli iiwanawa yopakathimbo oshowo yopathimbo ele, ta popi iikwatelela komaiyuvo ngoka ga gandjwa koLegal Assistance Centre (LAC).

    LAC okwa pula elelepeko lyefudho lyokupulumutha okuya poomwedhi hamano, naashoka oshi li pamwe nomagwedhelepo ngoka ga ningwa koWorld Health Organisation, kutya aakiintu naya vule okuyamutha kontulo aanona yawo uule woomwedhi hamano, opo ku vule okuhwahwamekwa uundjolowele mokati kuunona.

    “Efudho lyoomwedhi hamano konima yokupulumutha otashi gumu noonkondo eliko, otashi yambidhidha iilonga oshowo omayambulepo goongeshefa. Oongeshefa otadhi ka mona uuwananawa okupitila meshuno pevi lyefaulo kiilonga oshowo etsomukumo lyaaniilonga,” LAC ya holola momvula yo 2012.

    LAC natango okwa gandja omayele kutya shoka otashi ningwa pakugwedhela ko oshiwike nenge iiwike iyali kehe komvula opo kashi tule unene moshiponga aagandji yiilonga.

    Omaiyuvo ngoka ga gandja oga tsikile kutya okupitika aakiintu ya kale ethimbo naanona yawo, otashi ya kaleke miilonga sho aakiintu yamwe haya tokola okuthiga po iilonga uuna ya nongele kutya okushuna kiilonga konima owala yiiwike ihetatu sho ya pulumutha ombala. Nefudho lyoomwedhi hamano konima omukiintu a pulumutha otashi ya pitika ya galukile kiilonga. LAC okwa ekelehi omapopyo kutya aakiintu otaya ka kala nokupulumutha aanona oyendji ngele efudho lyepulumutho olya lelepekwa.

    Kakujaha-Matundu okwa zimine kutya efudho ele lyepumulutho oli na uuwanawa kaavali oshowo kaagandji yiilonga. “Uunona mboka wa pulumuthwa kontulo ihawu ehama unene naashoka itashi hupitha owala iimaliwa yoshilongo mbyoka ya li yi na okulongithwa mekalekepo lyuundjulowele wuunona mboka ihe oshiwanawa woo kaagandji yiilonga molwaashoka otashi shunitha pevi omasiku ngoka aakiintu taya faula kiilonga opo ya sile oshisho uunona wawo mboka tawu ehama. Muule wethimbo efudho ndyoka otali gandja uuwanawa koombinga adhihe.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya ina kumwa sho ehangano lyoInternational Labour Organisation tali popile okugandja efudho lyiiwike 14 kaakiintu mboka taya ka pulumuthwa. Okwa tsikile kutya uunona wa yamuthwa kontulo ohawu kala nuukolele wopamadhilaadhilo onkene oshi na uuwanawa opo aagandji yiilonga ya yambidhidhe egwedhelo lyefudho lyokupulumutha.

    Amushanga gwoNamibian Employers' Federation (NEF), Tim Parkhouse okwa zimine kutya efudho lyokupulumutha otali gandja uuwanawa kaakiintu oshowo kuunona onkene nali yambidhidhwe. “NEF ke na uupyakadhi wa sha negwedhelo niiwike iyali efudho lyokupulumutha.”

    Parkhouse okwa popi kutya nonando egwedhelo ndyoka otali ka etitha e yo pombanda lyelongitho lyiimaliwa, shoka otashi ka guma owala epangelo.

    Okwa popi kutya omapulo ngoka gena okukala po ongaashi kutya iifuta mbyoka yomafudho gokupulumutha, uuwehame oshowo eso otayi etitha iifuta ya gwedhwa po.

    Shoka otashi ka etitha woo egwedhelo miimaliwa mbyoka hayi futwa oshiketha sho Social Security okuza koondjambi. Ngele omukiintu ngoka ina shangithwa noSSC nenge ina thika ponkatu yokumona omauwanawa gokuya mefudho lyepulumutho tali futilwa nena omugandji gwe gwiilonga oye taka futila efudho lye ndyoka.

    Okwa totha mo kutya Ekotampango lyaNamibia otali pula opo ku gwanithwe po omilandu dhoILO, onkene efudho lyepulumutho tali futwa lyuule wiiwike 14 olya pumbwa okutulwa miilonga.

    Nonando ongaaka Kakujaha-Matundu kwa kunkilile kutya elelepeko lyefudho ndyoka otali ka etitha okatongo momakuto giilonga sho aagandji yiilonga oyendji taya ka kala yahala owala okukuta miilonga aalumentu.

    Kuyele omwedhi nguka amushanga muuministeli wiilonga, Bro-Matthew Shinguadja okwa popi kutya uuministeli otawu tula ponkatu yotango etalululo lyomauwananwa gefudho lyokupulumutha. Omvula ya piti, okongresa yongundu yoSwapo, oya pula opo epangelo li talulule efudho ndyoka hali pewa aakiintu uuna taya ka pulumutha, lyo li gwedhwelwe niiwike 14, ngaashi tashi uthwa komagwedhelepo goILO. Shinguadja okwa popi kutya oshikumungu shoka otashi talika nongele nena Namibia ota pewa omayele a gwanithe po omagwedhelepo goILO, nena minista ota ka talulula woo oompango yoSocial Security oshowo ompango yaaniilonga, pahapu dhaShinguadja.


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    Land Rover on the trail of London’s endangered rhinosLand Rover on the trail of London’s endangered rhinosAid conservation projects The project was designed to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino, culminating in the celebration of World Rhino Day on 22 September The red painted horn signifies the absurdity of this beautiful animal being hunted for such a small part of its overall being. - Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer: Land Rover Land Rover has embarked on an unexpected expedition to preserve the precious African rhinoceros and its habitat by joining an urban rhino trail across London.

    A gleaming Land Rover rhino model, embellished by Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern, made its debut in central London in the latest collaboration of a 15-year relationship with Tusk.

    The unique 1.2m-long rhino sculpture was towed into Trafalgar Square in support of the Tusk Rhino Trail, to aid conservation projects for the endangered species. The initiative involves 21 sculptures donated and decorated by leading figures from the worlds of art and design installed at prominent locations across the capital city.

    The design of the Land Rover rhino uses specialist paint techniques from Land Rover’s state-of-the-art manufacturing process to achieve a highly durable liquid metal finish.

    Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “I wanted to celebrate the magnificence of this unique creature, so my rhino is covered in a chrome finish. The idea being that because of the highly reflective nature of chrome it would be seen from a long distance, consequently creating awareness of the plight of this animal in Africa. The red painted horn signifies the absurdity of this beautiful animal being hunted for such a small part of its overall being.”


    Traditionally chrome has been used on vehicles to communicate prestige. Land Rover has developed an innovative and sustainable process to create a modern interpretation of chrome using a paint coating called spray chrome.

    Inspired by the dye treatments conservationists use to protect rhinos from ivory traders, the horn of the Land Rover sculpture has been painted red, highlighting the plight of this endangered creature. White ivory has huge value to poachers and one solution is to inject rhino horns with a dye, making them less appealing to hunters.

    Chris Thorp, Responsible Business Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “At Jaguar Land Rover we are committed to working on projects that not only demonstrate the talent of our designers but also highlight the vital work carried out by charities like Tusk. In our long-standing partnership we are continuing to enable Tusk to reach remote territories using Land Rover’s all-terrain capability, making it the perfect fit for conservation work all around the world.”

    The London-based art installation was towed into place using a Land Rover Discovery SUV and is designed to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino, culminating in the celebration of World Rhino Day on 22 September.

    Each of the 21 rhinos will then be sold to raise funds for Tusk projects across Africa at an event hosted by leading auction house Christie’s on 9 October. - MotorPress

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    Northwest winning poaching warNorthwest winning poaching war Rhino poaching in the northwest of Namibia has declined by 80% since it peaked in 2013.

    This is according to the CEO of Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), Namibia Simson Uri-Khob, who said that even though rhinos are still under threat, the organisation has been making great strides in protecting them in the northwest of the country.

    “Our tracking teams are dedicated and our intelligence unit is relentless in its pursuit of information that can be used to safeguard our rhinos, while our donors are supportive, which makes the statistics we have to share with you possible.”

    According to Uri-Khob, since the surge in rhino poaching started with the first incident in 2012, overall patrol efforts have increased by 360% in the northwest.

    Verified rhino sightings have increased by 380% and the percentage of known individual rhinos seen on average each month has risen from about 20% to nearly 80%.

    Uri-Khob says the number of trained and equipped conservancy-based rhino rangers have also grown from zero to 55 across the 13 conservancies, which means the field force has tripled.

    “The amount of income generated and distributed back to local communities directly from rhino tourism has increased substantially.”

    According to him six separate poaching attempts were foiled by law-enforcement officers, who received voluntary pre-emptive intelligence from local informants last year.

    A gang of poachers responsible for killing a rhino in 2017 were caught red-handed and remain in police custody.

    Rhino monitoring efficiency, which is measured by total cost per verified rhino sighting, has decreased by over 50%, says Uri-Khob.

    “To put our patrol efforts into context, our foot patrols have covered 15 059 km from 1 January to 31 July this year.”

    Vehicle patrols covered 41 562 km during the same period.

    Uri-Khob said the terrain they are working in is extremely harsh and destructive on boots, uniforms and tyres. He, however, added that the threat of poachers is bigger than ever and therefore they simply cannot decrease their efforts.

    “Through open and honest communication with our valued stakeholders, partners, donors and supporters, we have solidified our support base both locally and internationally. Without our donors we simply cannot continue protecting the desert-dwelling rhinos.”


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  • 08/21/18--16:00: Namvet packs up… for now
  • Namvet packs up… for nowNamvet packs up… for nowParliamentary report expected next month The former soldiers say they will resume their protest actions if they are unhappy with the recommendations contained in an upcoming parliamentary report on their plight. Ex-soldiers organised under the Namibia War Veterans Trust (Namvet) have decided to return to their homes until 12 September, when they expect a parliamentary report on their plight.

    The short reprieve comes after an over two-and-a-half-year sit-in demonstration at the Red Flag Commando Hall in Katutura, as an attempt to pressurise government into recognising them as military veterans.

    The decision to return to their homes was communicated at a meeting on Saturday, where Namvet members from across the country converged to discuss the way forward.

    The anticipated report is being prepared by the Standing Committee on Security, Constitutional and Legal Affairs, chaired by Swapo MP Sebastiaan Karupu and requested by National Assembly Speaker, Peter Katjavivi.

    The speaker's office has informed Namvet the report will be out in September.

    “If we are not happy with the findings and recommendations of the report, we will march to Katjavivi's office without notifying anyone,” Namvet chairperson, Jabulani Ndeunyema, threatened on Saturday.

    Ndeunyema, however, told the meeting that after the 12 letters between Namvet and the government during this year alone, and the number of meetings the organisation has had with the authorities over the years, he thinks the former soldiers might receive certain benefits from government.

    “I do not know when, but I am sure that some benefits are coming our way,” Ndeunyema said.

    He said Namvet is also giving the government until 1 December to give a final declaration on the matter of the former South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) and Koevoet members.

    He said Namvet will also elect a new leadership on 1 December that will be strictly made up of people who do not hold any positions in any political party.

    Namvet regional organisers have reported how former soldiers have fallen into despair, depression, alcoholism, patterns of violence and abuse, homelessness and joblessness.

    Some also reported how former SWATF/Koevoet members who have found employment in government do not want to be associated with their fellow ex-soldiers.

    Ndeunyema cautioned the former soldiers not associate themselves with organisations such as Amabuthutu that have claimed thousands in membership and other fees, and have bussed these soldiers to South Africa in fruitless attempts to obtain compensation from the neighbouring country's government.


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  • 08/21/18--16:00: Company news
  • Company newsCompany news AngloGold swings back into H1 profit

    AngloGold Ashanti swung back into a first-half profit on the back of higher production and lower-than-expected retrenchment costs, Africa’s top gold producer said on Monday.

    The firm posted headline earnings of US$99 million for January-June, in line with figures it had previously flagged, compared with a headline loss for the same period last year of US$89 million.

    The turnaround in performance was also due to the absence of one-off, non-cash settlement costs for silicosis class action claims which hit its earnings last year.

    In Ghana, AngloGold said the redevelopment of its historic Obuasi asset was on track with the issuing of environmental permits and the ratification by the Ghanaian parliament of the fiscal and regulatory agreements to reboot the mine.


    Ethiopian Airlines, Zambia relaunch national airline

    Ethiopian Airlines has signed a shareholding agreement with Zambia’s main develoment agency to relaunch the southern African country’s flag carrier at an initial cost of US$30 million.

    The Ethiopian state-owned carrier has outpaced regional competitors Kenya Airways and South African Airways to become Africa’s largest airline by revenue and profit, and has been buying shares in other African airlines to gain a competitive advantage over rivals such as those in the Gulf.

    Under the plan, Zambia Airways, being revived more than two decades after it was shut down, would operate 12 planes by 2028, Ethiopian Airlines said in a joint statement with Zambia’s state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).


    Transnet to clamp down on unauthorised spending

    South Africa’s Transnet said on Monday it would clamp down on unauthorised expenses after uncovering problems with procurement at the state logistics firm.

    Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in South Africa, has been investigating allegations of corruption in the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives.

    The firm said during its results presentation that the year had been “characterised by a number of serious procurement related governance challenges which has impacted on the company’s reputation and the ability to attract investment.”


    Sky to pay advisers on Fox deal

    Sky said on Monday that it expected to pay its advisers between 90 million pounds and 97 million pounds (US$123.7 million) if Twenty-First Century Fox succeeds with its takeover of the British broadcaster.

    The UK pay-television group will spend as much as 61.5 million pounds on financial and broking advice and up to 20 million pounds on lawyers for their work on the Fox bid, according to a circular published by Sky. Other costs include fees for accountancy and public relations advice.


    Volkswagen to recall 700 000 cars

    Volkswagen has to recall about 700 000 Tiguan and Touran cars worldwide due to a possible lighting defect, German trade magazine Kfz-Betrieb reported on Monday.

    The magazine reported that humidity can cause a short circuit at the panoramic roof’s light strip of the affected cars. A short circuit in the LED-module could cause scorching damage on the roof and possibly set the vehicle on fire, the magazine said, citing a company spokesman.


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  • 08/21/18--16:00: Farms to pay municipal rates
  • Farms to pay municipal ratesFarms to pay municipal ratesNAU says no idea of how fair evaluations are Following the City of Windhoek's announcement that rates and taxes on farms in the City's district will be due from 1 August, the NAU says no feedback was given by the council on the matter. Following the announcement by the City of Windhoek that farmers within Windhoek's extended borders will have to pay municipal rates, the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) says there has been no feedback yet to evaluate how fair this will be.

    The Windhoek municipality recently announced that it will charge municipal tariffs for the first time from 1 August within the City's extended boundaries.

    Only rates on property value and improvements, as well as tariffs for waste water management, will be charged.

    In a notice, the municipality specifically referred to neighbourhoods such as Finkenstein, Sungate, Regenstein, Omeya, Herboth's Blick and Brakwater.

    The NAU says the Local Authorities Act 23 of 1992 defines rateable property as any immovable property situated within the local authority area.

    According to the Act all the farms and private housing developments around Windhoek are rateable property.

    The union says that the Act makes provision that the municipality can levy fees on any rateable property for the advantage of the local authority fund.

    However, it said there is no clear link in the Act between rates payable and service delivery.

    “We are aware that the municipality visited properties and farms outside Windhoek during the past few years with the aim to do valuations on which rates can be levied. Nobody in this new target market of the municipality, however, has received any feedback or invoices yet, to be able to evaluate whether the valuations and the rates are fair.”

    The union said it is presumed that the municipality will only levy the land and improvements thereon and not charge for water, electricity, sewerage and refuse removal services.

    It said as soon as the valuations and levies are known, they can be investigated further and measured against the procedures as prescribed in the Act as well as on the principle of fairness.

    The NAU added the municipality will phase the rates in as soon as the valuations are completed and the union is busy attending to this matter.

    The municipality said in its notice that the tariffs were put into operation after it was announced and approved by the city council in July.

    “The collection of municipal tariffs will ensure a sustainable supply of services within the City and the collection of these will benefit City residents and also ensure that all residents within the new City limits are made equal if they provide for the provision of municipal services,” the notice said.

    Windhoek's extensive boundaries make it the third largest city in the world after Tianjin and Istanbul and it extends for over 5 133.4 km². With the expansion of the City's borders in 2012, an additional 325 properties are included - most of them farms.


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    Listeriosis impacted pig producersListeriosis impacted pig producers The outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa was one the major challenges which Namibian pig producers experienced during the past year.

    This was highlighted during an annual general meeting where pig producers met to discuss matters in the industry.

    According to the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) the pig industry experienced major challenges, especially with the outbreak of listeriosis at one of the biggest meat processors in South Africa, Enterprise.

    The listeriosis outbreak was wrongly associated with pork and brought about consumer resistance. This caused pork consumption to decrease and also led to a decline in prices.

    Food products identified as the source of the disease were polonies while other products such as viennas, russians, frankfurters and other sausages and cold meats not typically cooked, were also at risk due to possible cross-contamination.

    However, the perception among consumers that all ready-to-eat meat products were affected impacted the industry greatly.

    The union also said the perception surrounding the outbreak of 'swine flu', which has nothing to do with pigs, also needs to be corrected.

    Fortunately for pig producers in Namibia, the Meat Board of Namibia has a pig marketing scheme in place which guarantees prices and marketing for producers and therefore they can survive. Through this scheme the pig industry has grown and Namibia produces 53% of its own use against the 47% which must be imported.

    Two guest speakers were invited to inform members about the importance of bio security at a pig farms as well as the feeding of balanced rations.


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    Loerie Award spreads Buy-a-Brick message across bordersLoerie Award spreads Buy-a-Brick message across bordersAdvantage Y&R wins bronze Loerie Namibia’s advertising agency has continued its run of success. We are especially excited and proud about this award- Toufic Beyhum, Creative Director, Advantage Y&R STAFF REPORTER

    This time the agency did it by picking up a Loerie Award for a temporary structure called ‘The Shack’, which won in the category for ‘Three Dimensional & Environmental Design – Interior Design & Temporary Structures.’

    ‘The Shack’ was displayed in shopping malls and expos to raise awareness for the Standard Bank Buy-a-Brick initiative by highlighting the shocking living conditions of no- to low-income Namibians living in shacks

    “We’re especially excited and proud about this award,” said creative director, Toufic Beyhum. “The fact that the campaign was recognised by global judges and showcased amongst the best advertising from Africa and the Middle East means that the Standard Bank Buy-a-Brick initiative is now gaining awareness outside of Namibia’s borders.”

    ‘The Shack’ was built as a living museum, and entrance was granted to visitors after paying a small donation to the initiative. Buy-a-Brick this year raised a record N$3.7 million which was recently handed over to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia, and is expected to help build 100 brick homes.

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  • 08/21/18--16:00: Assisted dying in spotlight
  • Assisted dying in spotlightAssisted dying in spotlightChurch urges debate on thorny issue Opinions are deeply divided over the controversial issue of assisted dying and its current legal and moral implications. Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) acting secretary-general Ludwig Beukes has called on local churches to debate assisted dying.

    This follows South African media reports that the Congress of the People (COPE) opposition party in that country is planning to introduce a parliamentary bill that would allow for living wills to be recognised and for terminally ill patients to refuse medical treatment that could prolong their lives.

    Living wills, healthcare directives and advance directives all refer to legal documents that allow people to state their wishes for end-of-life medical care.

    Beukes said while this remains an ethical challenge for the church, it is also the church's responsibility to open up conversations in order to guide congregants when there is terminal illnesses in families.

    “Looking from a human perspective, sometimes people are kept alive by a machine but they are suffering and families cannot bear this and then tell the doctors to switch off the machines,” Beukes said.

    “On the other hand, people are suffering from terminal illnesses and are kept alive by medicines, but they are depressed and have no hope that they will ever improve. In such cases they may opt for assisted dying.”

    Beukes emphasised, however, that the Church believes killing is a sin in the eyes of God.

    “So it is very difficult to draw a line. And the Church must lead this conversation because people turn to the Church when they are faced with serious, deadly illnesses. The Church must provide moral guidance.”

    The Popular Democratic Movement's (PDM) National Assembly chief whip, Jennifer van der Heever, believes assisted dying should not be an option.

    Van der Heever, an ordained pastor, believes that death is not in the hands of people, but in the hands of God.

    She said her mother lived with cancer for nine years and it was a painful experience.

    “It is very important that we discuss and debate these issues; we cannot turn a blind eye to this conversation. We need to gather perspectives of what people think. But it is very much a personal choice and I personally would not push for it as a policy,” she said.

    Rolf Hansen of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) said it is an important debate, but it cannot be tackled before the nation addresses the issue of quality of life or palliative care for terminally ill patients.

    Hansen also cautioned that assisted dying should not be seen as suicide, but as giving people the right to end their lives when all they see is suffering and pain in their future.

    “It is a debate that many terminally ill patients face when it comes to their pain and suffering, but we must also keep in mind that we have social, ethical, religious and moral values to consider,” he said.

    The South African debate on assisted dying was fanned by the experience of terminally ill parliamentarian Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who shot himself in August 2014 while in the final stages of lung cancer.

    Much-loved anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has declared himself to be in favour of assisted dying, should he ever find himself terminally ill or in a situation of intractable, unbearable suffering.

    Namibian attorney-general Albert Kawana says euthanasia would be regarded as murder in the current legislative context of the country.

    He said the debate on assisted dying must be steered by the country's health professionals, who understand terminal illnesses.

    “Now at this time it may be premature to talk about it, but on the other hand our constitution guarantees the right to life. So the question is, can a doctor come in and end someone's life without violating this provision?” he asked.

    Health minister Bernard Haufiku says Namibia does not have to start a debate on the issue just because South Africa has done so.

    Assisted suicide is suicide committed with the aid of another person, sometimes a doctor.

    Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Colombia, and Switzerland allow physicians to assist in the death of patients.

    Assisted dying is also referred to as a practice in which a person who has been diagnosed as terminally ill, with six months or less to live, can request a lethal dose of barbiturates to self-administer.


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    N$13m office block ready at OkongoN$13m office block ready at Okongo The Okongo village council, which has been operating at a maternity home for nearly three years, will relocate to its new offices next month, which were constructed at a cost of N$13 million.

    The Josua Hanyango Maternity Waiting Home has doubled as its offices since the former settlement was proclaimed a village in 2015.

    The maternity home was built in 2014 by the office of former first lady Penehupifo Pohamba, with assistance from the United Nations, to accommodate pregnant women who flock to the town to give birth at the local district hospital.

    According to village council CEO, Wodibo Haulofu, since the pregnant women were not fully utilising the facility, and due to a lack of proper facilities in the town, the council decided to occupy three sleeping rooms.

    “Some of the council's employees are operating from constituency offices, while others, including myself, are operating from the maternity waiting home, while our offices were being constructed,” Haulofu said.

    “Now that the construction of our offices is completed we are relocating next month and we will leave the expecting women to have their freedom and peace.”

    He said the maternity home had not been suitable, but they had no other alternative.

    The village council has 24 employees.

    Haulofu said the new village council offices had been constructed by Shivute Construction and Conselect Engineering.

    He said the offices had been completed within the agreed timeframe.

    “This is our first step in the right direction. The next project we would like to embark on will be the construction of the fire brigade (station) and the procuring of firefighting equipment. The town is growing and we need to protect our investors and residents.

    “Last year Oshela Secondary School was burning and we were just looking on haplessly. Eenhana and Nkurenkuru, where there is firefighting equipment, are far away from us,” Haulofu said.

    Haulofu added the village is full of big dreams, but faces the slow implementation of capital projects, due to budget cuts.

    He said the council does not have money at this stage, and depends on central government for all its projects and administrative operations.

    “We are faced with the challenges of land delivery for housing and industrial developments, delayed assistance on land and property valuations for compensation purposes, due to budgetary constraints, delayed training on the implementation the modalities of the new Public Procurement Act and (a lack of) staff capacity, due to restrictions by the line ministry,” he said.

    He said the government needs to avail more funds, which will enable them to implement projects with their planned periods.


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    ILT outbreak may force closure of chicken farmsILT outbreak may force closure of chicken farms Both broiler and egg producers affected by the infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) outbreak may face closure if the disease spreads.

    This was confirmed yesterday by the chief veterinary officer in the agriculture ministry, Dr Milton Maseke.

    This follows after an ILT outbreak, which is an acute respiratory disease of chickens, hit the Waldschmidt egg farm in the Okahandja district where 1 800 chickens have died.

    Maseke yesterday told Namibian Sun that a team has been sent to the Waldshmidt farm to evaluate the situation.

    He said that samples will be taken from the farm and that it must first be ruled out that they are not dealing with any other serious disease that can negatively impact the poultry industry such as Newcastle disease.

    “We must determine if this is not another disease other than ILT which is much more serious.” ILT is not a notifiable disease and producers can control it through vaccination.

    Maseke said that measures have to be put in place and that tests will also be conducted at surrounding poultry farms to see what the overall situation on the ground is.

    He said if the disease has spread to other poultry plants as well they will close the facilities while tests are being conducted to determine if it is ILT.

    Meanwhile, Eckard Waldschmidt from Waldschmidt Eggs, told Namibian Sun that there has been a loss of 1 800 chickens since the outbreak, but everything is under control. He said that they are currently investigating from where the disease may have come from and how it entered the farm, since ILT has never been in Namibia before.

    Meanwhile, Namibia's largest broiler producer, Namib Poultry Industries (NPI) has also tested for ILT to rule out the possibility that the disease has spread to their plant after the outbreak at the Waldschmidt egg farm. NPI's commercial manager, Pieter van Niekerk told Namibian Sun that they have tested for ILT, but are still awaiting results. “ILT has not been confirmed.”

    He however stressed that there is no risk for the production of chicken meat. Van Niekerk explained that the disease holds a bigger risk for the breeding cycle of chickens where one loses production.

    ILT in its acute form can cause gasping, coughing, rattling, and extension of the neck. Reduced productivity is a varying factor in laying flocks. Affected birds are anorectic and inactive and the mouth and beak may be blood-stained.

    Even after recovery, birds remain carriers of the disease for life and become a source of infection for susceptible birds. The latent virus can be reactivated under stressful conditions. Infection also may be spread mechanically.

    Furthermore producers should be aware that if one vaccinates while the birds are sick, they will still shed the virus but vaccinating sick birds reduces their potential to shed in the future.

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    Bank Windhoek, Capricorn launch Private Wealth offeringBank Windhoek, Capricorn launch Private Wealth offeringTo also offer expert advice Capricorn Private Wealth is a uniquely Namibian financial service offering. To add to the customer experience, we have created a modern private banking suite in which we will be able to address all the needs of clients- Tertius Liebenberg, MD, Capricorn Asset Management STAFF REPORTER

    The offering unites the very best that Bank Windhoek and Capricorn Asset Management have to offer to create a boutique financial offering that caters to the specific needs of individual clients. The offering was launched at an exclusive event on Thursday 16 August 2018, at which managing director of Bank Windhoek Baronice Hans said that “through years of working with high net-worth clients we have learned countless lessons, one of the most important being that each and every client is different. No client has the exact same goals or financial aspirations. In order to thrive in this segment of the market we needed to create an offering that is highly personable, flexible and can be delivered to the highest standard to each and every client.” As a consumer driven organisation, the company’s primary focus is identify the white space opportunities that enables it to remain relevant whilst addressing needs and unlocking growth for their clients. Our aspirations to be a catalyst for sustainable opportunities and business partner for growth leads us to innovate solutions around our customer needs and aspirations, she added.

    Speaking to the customer experience that clients can enjoy, managing director of Capricorn Asset Management Tertius Liebenberg said: “Capricorn Private Wealth launches with a unique look that is refined and understated, created with the goal of appealing to the refined tastes of high net worth clients. To add to the customer experience, we have created a modern private banking suite in which we will be able to address all the needs of clients. It is all part of a strategy underpinned by highly personalised service and attention to detail to ensure we achieve the best outcome for each client.”

    The successful launch of Capricorn Private Wealth has been a long time in the making with product and process testing beginning in April 2017. This unique offering is the realisation of the vision of two 100% Namibian financial giants to create a personable, adaptable and flexible offering to cater to the needs of their high net worth clients. This launch is significant as the offering is truly unique and second to none in the market place as Capricorn Private Wealth strives to deliver sustainable value to its clients.

    Capricorn Private Wealth Clients will be able to enjoy the services of a wide range of specialists and experts in their respective fields. These include private bankers, wealth managers, fiduciary specialists who will be to assist them with trusts, estates and wills as well as a forex specialist who will assist clients with foreign payments, receipts, import and export transactions. Clients will also be able to receive expert advice on tax, offshore and insurance needs.

    Capricorn Private Wealth is a joint venture between Bank Windhoek and Capricorn Asset Management, members of Capricorn Group.

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  • 08/21/18--16:00: Shock over foreign pilots
  • Shock over foreign pilotsShock over foreign pilotsUnion furious over huge salary packages The Namibia Cabin Crew Union has demanded that government initiates a proper audit of Air Namibia’s salaries and benefits to ensure fairness. CATHERINE SASMAN

    The Namibia Cabin Crew Union (NCCU) says it is shocked that Air Namibia intends to employ foreign pilots at salaries of between N$138 695 to N$150 392 a month.

    NCCU president Willem Christiaan and the union’s legal advisor, Reginald Kock, claimed these salaries are tax-free and excludes bonuses, S&Ts and accommodation the airline would have to pay.

    They also claimed Air Namibia intends to employ the foreign pilots on two-year contracts, contrary to claims they will receive six-month ad hoc contracts.

    They dismissed as “nonsense, Air Namibia’s argument that the salary packages are market-related in terms of international standards.

    “We cannot agree with management that the required skills are not available locally. Have they (Air Namibia’s management) done a local skills audit? We have Namibian pilots employed by the airline who have the necessary skills and experience to be promoted to captain our fleets. We do not need foreign captains,” Christiaan said.

    “They are simply not investing in and empowering our Namibian people.”

    Christiaan claimed further no applications were made to the employment and exemption boards to have more foreign pilots recruited, and to have them employed without Namibian understudies.

    The NCCU has initiated an investigation to ascertain whether the foreign pilots have work permits, if exemptions had been granted and whether the Employment Equity Commission was sufficiently informed.

    It said its members have not received salary increments since 2016.

    The union said the airline has also cut food and beverage services, as well as entertainment on long-haul flights, in a bid to slash operational costs.

    The union demanded that works and public enterprises ministers, John Mutorwa and Leon Jooste, initiate a proper audit of the airline’s salaries and benefits to ensure fairness.

    It also wants and immediate investigation into why Namibian pilots are not being promoted and into what is being done to avoid employing foreigners at great expense.

    Christiaan said Air Namibia seems to prefer the appointment of foreign pilots because they are not unionised.

    To justify its recruitment of foreign pilots, Air Namibia said no country is totally self-sufficient and needs skills support in specific fields.

    It said 90% of its pilots are Namibians who are trained locally.

    The airline said it spends nearly N$30 million a year to train local pilots, of whom 40% are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, including 20 women.

    “Pilots for the types of aircraft utilised by Air Namibia are not easily found in Africa although that is slowly changing. Rules and regulations around pilots, their flying times, their licensing, and so forth, are extremely rigid and need to be adhered to at all times, simply from a compliance and safety point of view. This means that there needs to be a sizeable contingent of pilots for Air Namibia to choose from,” Air Namibia’s spokesperson Paul Nakawa said.

    “Foreign pilots are employed on an ad hoc basis, for a period of six months renewable, until we find a local pilot to fill that position.”

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  • 08/21/18--16:00: Breaking our World Cup duck
  • Breaking our World Cup duckBreaking our World Cup duck Our hearts swelled with pride and joy when the national rugby side defeated Kenya 53-28 this past weekend to not only win the Africa Gold Cup, but confirm their participation at the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup. The win against Kenya followed great displays throughout the tournament that saw the Namibian lads seeing off their opponents during home and away ties. Namibia will now compete at the Japan global showpiece, where they will once again face the likes of New Zealand, South Africa and Italy in what is considered as the group of death. The Repechage tournament winner will also join the four nations in Pool B.

    Despite limited investments in the game by both the private sector and the Namibian government, rugby is undoubtedly the most successful national sport code in the country, considering that the Welwitschias have now qualified for this major tournament a record six times in a row. The Rugby World Cup is the equivalent to the holy grail of world football - the Fifa World Cup - and qualifying is fantastic achievement for any nation. There is no doubt the odds will be heavily stacked against Namibia, when they come against world beaters and reigning champions New Zealand, as well as our unpredictable neighbours, the Springboks. Italy is also another top side in the world rankings. Their ranking speaks of their massive potential. It goes without saying that Namibia has been wearing the underdog tag for successive tournaments and the expectation this time around is to make a massive impact as a rugby minnow. Simply making up the numbers is no longer good enough, but showing grit, determination and fire to at least break our duck and win a World Cup match, will go a long way in cementing the emergence of Namibian rugby. As experienced campaigners, the Welwitschias must show the world they have truly graduated to the big stage and are not just there to be the whipping boys.

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    China: Look east for prosperityChina: Look east for prosperityAmbassador argues case for accepting Chinese aid China's ambassador says Namibia is at risk of being left behind, if it does not fully embrace Chinese assistance. On the eve of President Hage Geingob's attendance early next month at a China-Africa business summit, the Chinese ambassador to Namibia has urged the country to look east for prosperity and economic development, or risk being left behind.

    Ambassador Zhang Yiming said Namibia's economic development was at risk if it fails to embrace Chinese aid, which he claimed has already benefited countries like Ethiopia and Kenya greatly.

    Zhang also urged the Namibian government to fast-track a social housing deal clinched during Geingob's state visit to the Asian nation in March.

    In terms of the agreement, China has pledged N$30 million in grants and N$36 million in non-interest loans to construct 400 houses, equally split between Gobabis and Grootfontein.

    Speaking frankly at a media briefing yesterday, Zhang said Namibia should learn from its neighbours, Angola and Zimbabwe, who have fully opened their doors to foreign investors like China. “I hope in future the Namibian government can embrace policies to encourage direct investment coming into Namibia instead of being too conservative,” he said. Zhang also hopes Geingob will become the 10th African leader to sign the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Beijing Summit slated for 3 to 4 September in the Chinese capital.

    The initiative is aimed at connecting Asian, European and African countries more closely by significantly increasing beneficial cooperation.

    “I would like to appeal to the Namibian government and Namibian businesspeople to look more to the east - to China. You will no doubt benefit from the opening up and closer economic trade relations with China, because the biggest market in the world is in China,” Zhang said.

    The diplomat said he is particularly hopeful that Namibia will accept China's helping hand to boost its transport infrastructure. According to him, the Belt and Road Initiative is ultimately aimed at dealing with the bottlenecks to sustainable development that were created by colonialism. “This is badly needed for Africa. A good example is Kenya, which built a railway line with assistance from China, which links Nairobi to Mombasa, the biggest port city. And this rail project has generated more 46 000 jobs for the local Kenyan people,” he said. The Namibian government has over the years weathered many storms from critics who view Chinese loans and other financial assistance with suspicion. Recently finance minister Calle Schlettwein rubbished claims that Chinese interests have captured the Namibian government. According to him, there is no indication that the economy was being controlled by Chinese interests. Zhang expressed the hope that trade between the two countries would increase remarkably, given the high trade volumes of N$3.4 billion recorded in the first quarter of this year. “Namibia, you have some of the best infrastructure in Africa, you have a deep sea port in Walvis Bay and you have an airport there. You are the country with one of the fastest internet connections in Africa, so why can Namibia not learn from successful experiences like countries in east Africa, to foster closer economic relations with China,” he urged.

    Social housing project

    Regarding the delayed implementation of the social housing project, Zhang said it needed to be speeded up. “The line ministries of the two governments are now finalising the details for the construction… It has been discussed for quite a long time. And it is generous assistance offered by the Chinese government,” Zhang said. “We, China, once we commit to something we always want to implement immediately, but in Namibia it is a different culture. But we have to accommodate each other.” Urban and rural development minister, Peya Mushelenga, said the implementation agreement is yet to be signed. “There is an implementation agreement that the Chinese sent to the Namibian team and that agreement was taken to the attorney-general. The AG indicated some issues that need to be sorted out, so that is where we are. If the Chinese agree to our proposal then there would be no problem,” Mushelenga added.


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    Witbooi's stolen Bible coming home with skullsWitbooi's stolen Bible coming home with skulls Twenty-six Nama and Ovaherero skulls, as well as the legendary Hendrik Witbooi's stolen Bible, will form part of the third repatriation of Namibian historical items from Germany on 31 August.

    German NGO, Berlin Post-Kolonial, said the looted Bible, a cultural object of national importance stolen through colonial injustice, will be returned to Namibia at the same time as the skulls.

    Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa will lead the delegation to Charité University in Berlin, where the skulls are currently held.

    The skulls have been collected from five or six institutions, but according to sources these are not the last ones that will be returned.

    They are, however, the latest ones to be identified historically.

    Deputy education, arts and culture permanent secretary Veno Kauaria said the Namibian delegation consists of civil servants from 10 different government institutions, as well as 25 people from traditional authorities of the affected communities.

    The German embassy confirmed it will cover the travelling costs of the 25 traditional leaders.

    The embassy said yesterday it will contribute 50 000 euro (N$837 813.40 at the current exchange rate) towards the travelling expenses.

    Kauaria said the travelling and accommodation expenses of the government delegation will not exceed N$200 000.

    On 29 August the Namibian delegation will receive the skulls at a Christian memorial service at the French Cathedral in Berlin.

    Upon their return to Namibia on 31 August, the skulls will be displayed at the Parliament Gardens, where there will also be a service.

    Kauaria said the skulls will then be kept at the National Museum of Namibia, which also houses the other remains repatriated in 2011 and 2012.

    She said the government and the affected communities will eventually meet to discuss how the skulls should be dealt with for posterity.

    Not without controversy

    Sources preferring anonymity said the size and composition of the Namibian delegation had created issues.

    They said Willem Konjore, the chairperson of the Nama Traditional Leaders' Association (NTLA), alleged that government had overstated the organisation's representation for the trip.

    Kauaria said all the issues had been amicably resolved.

    Berlin Post-Kolonial also reported that an alliance called No Amnesty For Genocide welcomes the long-overdue repatriation of the human remains and the return of the Witbooi Bible.

    However, the alliance said it is strongly opposed to the manner in which the planned church ceremony in Berlin will be conducted.

    Its objection is that the event will not be open to the public and that it will be placed into a religious context, “and is tainted by the fact that several important leaders of the victim communities have not been invited”.

    These excluded leaders are those who have taken Germany to court in New York, as a result of their exclusion from intergovernmental reparation talks, the alliance said.

    “Why has the German government shifted the event of the restitution of our abused ancestors onto the Protestant Church? We demand a state-led restitution ceremony inside the German parliament. President [Frank-Walter] Steinmeier, who himself called for an apology from Germany when he was opposition leader, must now finally ask the Herero and Nama for forgiveness,” said Berlin-based Ovaherero activist, Israel Kaunatjike.

    The alliance also called on the German government and the German federal states to return, without delay, the “countless” human remains that were stolen from former German colonies such as Togo, Cameroon, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Papua New Guinea.