Motswana man crushed to death by trailer

A 33-year-old Botswana national died on Friday in Walvis Bay after a fully loaded truck trailer he was fixing reportedly pressed him against the truck wheels causing his death.

It is alleged in a crime report issued on Saturday by Erongo Community Affairs Commander Inspector Ileni Shapumba, that Dithore Meliaye who was in the company of a cousin when the incident happened, had parked at a service station when he decided to get under the trailer to fix it at around 23h20.

He was declared dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Walvis Bay Police mortuary for examination to determine the cause of death.

His next of kin have been informed.

In another matter, a 63-year-old man died after the sedan he was driving in solely from Arandis reportedly collided head-on with a truck loaded with charcoal approximately 30 kilometres before Usakos.

According to Shapumba, the sedan caught fire after the collision which was extinguished by the Fire Brigade and bystanders after the deceased was removed from the vehicle.

The incident occurred at about 02h00 on Friday.

The 52-year-old truck driver who was also driving alone was taken to Usakos State Hospital for medical attention but is in a stable condition.

The deceased’s body was taken to Usakos hospital’s mortuary for certification and storage.

In an unrelated matter, a 34-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with a scarf Thursday night in the Otjimbingwe area’s Middle Pos after she reportedly had an argument with her sister and boyfriend.

According to the report, the argument occurred at around 20h00 when Fabiola Fatima Mutunda reportedly arrived home. She then left the home and her body was later discovered by a passer-by hanging from a tree.

The next of kin have been informed.

Police investigations in all the matters continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Two babies and young woman die over weekend

Police in the Hardap Region are investigating an incident in which a one-year-old baby girl died at Farm Nomtsas in Maltahöhe district while in the care of her aunt.

A crime report issued on Sunday by the Namibian Police Force Public Relations Department, stated that the baby was brought to the Maltahöhe hospital on 02 July 2022 for medical check-up and then again on 14 July for general immunisation before returning to the farm.

It is alleged that the girl died on Saturday at about 07h00. The body was taken to the same hospital for further examination and no foul play was found.

In Khorixas, an eight-month-old baby was discovered hanging out of the stroller by his mother who left him to go to the kitchen while he was sleeping.

The incident took place on Friday at about 15h00.

It is reported that the baby was sucking on a pacifier which was attached to a small rope around his neck. The baby was found hanging from the small rope which got stuck on the stroller as he was trying to get out of the stroller.

He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.

In another matter, the body of 22-year-old Sibeso Sibolile was discovered on Friday in the bushes at Machita area in Katima Mulilo. The deceased was positively identified by her mother and the matter is being investigated by the police.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Okahandja farmworker arrested for murder of girlfriend

A 41-year-old man was on Saturday morning arrested after his girlfriend succumbed to internal bleeding from injuries she allegedly suffered in an attack launched on her by the suspect on Friday.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa on Sunday said the deceased has been identified by her close relatives as 27-year-old Rolina Witbooi.

Witbooi and the suspect lived together at Farm Tugab in the Okahandja district, and on Friday at about 17h00 the two had a quarrel upon Witbooi’s return to the farm from Okahandja.

“Witbooi was allegedly under the influence of alcohol on her return to the farm, which angered her boyfriend who later physically attacked her,” said Mbeha.

The couple was separated by neighbours, and they went to sleep in their room quietly that Friday night.

On Saturday morning, Witbooi was found dead in her bed and upon investigations her boyfriend was arrested and charged with murder as well as domestic violence, noted Mbeha.

The man is now expected to appear in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

SABA TV ready to launch: Similo

Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) president and Director General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, Stanley Similo said the SABA TV channel is ready to be launched within the next three months.

According to Similo in Swakopmund on Friday while giving a status update on the channel, the idea of SABA TV is to have a channel that will broadcast all types of local content coming from all the national broadcasters within SADC to tell the African story, by Africans.

“A lot of work has been done through travels to each Southern African Development Community (SADC) country, making sure that we have touched all the points and understood all the issues within the region so that we can bring forth a story that speaks to us as residents of the region,” he expressed.

The channel will be broadcasting nine hours daily with over 1 500 hours’ worth of content reportedly already available.

SABA TV chairperson for the SADC Content Committee Denis Chirwa expressed certainty that with the channel, Africa will understand SADC’s innovation, creativity and determination to come up with an idea “to change the continent”.

Director General of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation Dr Ayub Rioba Chacha while commending the efforts by the SABA committee, expressed the concern of the current flow of imbalanced information on Africa as it is not done by the Africans themselves.

“We should have African journalists covering whatever is happening in Africa, using our own perspectives. Although there has been efforts in the past to establish an African journalists’ agency, they failed along the way and we should learn from these lessons to ensure that it does not happen to SABA TV and that we as Africans can finally tell our own stories,” he noted.

‘Eye on SADC’ is currently an already existing news programme which features news inserts from all SADC countries and are compiled and aggregated in Namibia, then relayed back to the different national broadcasters in SADC.

Once the channel starts running, SABA TV will get to a point where it will seek proposals from local producers to submit their content.

The channel will be accessible on each country’s local satellite transmission.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Safe drinking water should be accessible to all: Kaundu

Hompa of the Mbunza Traditional Authority, Alfons Kaundu said safe, clean drinking water should be accessible to everyone.

Kaundu said this recently during the handing over of a water point to the community of Sitenda village in the Kavango West Region, by a fishing company called Mbunza Fishing of which Kaundu is a director.

The company is a recipient of fishing quotas from Government.

“My word to you is to take care of this water point while as a company we will continue to look for where there is a need for water assistance,” he said.

The traditional authority chief said he is aware that there is a big challenge for water in the inland and that people walk long distances to get water.

The community of Sitenda village and nearby villages depend on a borehole for water.

Sitenda village headman Elias Mbangu said people walk at least 3 kilometres to the nearest water point.

“We live far from the only water point and we have to walk or use donkey carts every day to get water. Mbunza Fishing has now eased this burden, we thank you so much,” the headman said.

Six villages in the Mbunza tribal jurisdiction so far received water points from the fishing company. In 2020 the company donated food parcels to 100 people in the Kapako Constituency.

As part of its social responsibility the company promised to set up an aquaculture project to help create jobs.

According to the Namibia 2011 Population and Housing Census report, access to clean drinking water in urban areas is at about 98 per cent, whereas the percentage of households with such water access drops to about 59 per cent in rural areas. Sixteen per cent of rural households rely on unsafe water from rivers or streams, whilst 13 per cent rely on unprotected wells.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Swapo leadership at Otjiwarongo supports striking workers of Cheetah Cement

The Swapo Party leadership of Otjiwarongo district on Sunday joined the striking workers of Cheetah Cement factory.

Nearly 200 workers of the factory are on strike since Thursday morning due to alleged unfair labour practices.

Cheetah Cement trading as Whale Rock Cement is situated north of Otjiwarongo and is owned largely by Chinese investors.

Residents of Otjiwarongo last Thursday already condemned the factory, saying it is also a shame that the Namibian Government has allowed the conditions.

On Sunday, the Swapo Party’s Otjiwarongo district leadership joined the workers at the gate of the factory where the workers have camped since Thursday.

In a statement delivered by the Otjiwarongo Swapo Party district coordinator, Imms Namaseb, Swapo said it is fully aware of the sufferings of workers since 2017 when the factory opened.

Swapo further called on the Chinese Embassy in Namibia to come down to Cheetah Cement and assist the company in complying with the Namibian labour laws for the sake of harmony.

Swapo said the ongoing strike at the factory is genuine, but now it is affecting the employees, company and the economy of the country.

“We also know the poor working conditions in this factory, therefore, the Otjiwarongo Swapo Party district leadership will not become a spectator to this matter,” said Swapo.

Namaseb who was accompanied by the Otjiwarongo Mayor, Gottlieb Shivute, Otjiwarongo Swapo Party district information and mobilisation officer, Sipora Kamati, and several branch coordinators also donated to the striking workers 48 bottles of water, loaves of bread and soft drinks.

Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) chairperson for the northern regions, Mathew Mberiuana who was present said any exploitation of workers and Namibian resources by Chinese investors should be condemned by all citizens.

MUN insists the strike will continue indefinitely until the demands are met, adding that Cheetah Cement has failed to negotiate in good faith when workers call for a reasonable salary increase and the introduction of housing allowance, medical aid and pension.

MUN says workers at the factory currently earn about N.dollars 3 600 with no medical aid, no pension benefit and no salary increase for about four years.

Cheetah Cement General Manager, Kevin Lee last Thursday said there is a deadlock between the management and workers, noting that the company has done everything in its power to conclude the protracted wage negotiations but to no avail, since the employees have unrealistic demands.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Namibian athletes arrive in Birmingham for Commonwealth Games

A group of nine athletes, a guide and team officials with a medical team arrived in Birmingham, England on Saturday morning ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Namibian athletes will compete in athletics, para-athletics, cycling, boxing, lawn bowling, swimming, triathlon, wrestling and gymnastics at the competition that starts on Thursday, 28 July and ends Monday, 08 August.

Namibia has a team of 32 athletes, one guide, 22 officials and coaches. The last group of Namibian athletes are expected to travel to the games on 25 July 2022.

Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, lawn bowling team coach Freddie Fouche who is part of the first group said this year the Namibian Lawn Bowling team consists of two young stars who are the current African champions.

“The federation would want us to get a medal at these championships but for us, our goal is to go out there and be competitive. If we win a medal that will be a good thing, but what we want is to first compete well,” he said.

Bowler Cabous Olivier who will be making his second appearance at the Commonwealth Games said if they make it through the round stages to the playoff that will be great.

“What I learned from the first competition I played in is that these are huge games but I am now ready to be more competitive. I am mentally prepared compared to the first time I competed here,” said Olivier who added that as players they are physically ready to give it their all.

His teammate JP Fouche said competing at the Commonwealth is a great opportunity as every athlete wants to represent their country and despite this being his first Commonwealth Games he has prepared to give it his best.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia, team Namibia finished 19th among 54 Commonwealth nations and 18 territories that competed at the event. Namibia won two gold medals, in marathon and boxing.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

De Lange feels ‘superb’ ahead of Commonwealth Games

Namibia’s Olympian and 2021 Nedbank Desert Dash winner, Tristan de Lange said he has recovered fully from his injury and is feeling superb ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Namibian athletes will compete in athletics, para-athletics, cycling, boxing, lawn bowling, swimming, triathlon and wrestling at the competition that starts on Thursday, 28 July and ends Monday, 08 August.

In a recent interview with Nampa, De Lange who won the single rider’s category of the 2021 Nedbank Desert Dash said winning that race cost him the first quarter of the year due to an injury he sustained which left him with Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS).

“Winning the Dash was a good achievement for myself and my family, but that came at a price of me being unable to train effectively in that period. However, I fully recovered in April and with the assistance of my coach we have worked closer than ever to have my training done at the optimum level for performance gains,” he said.

The cyclist said since his recovery he has been in Europe where he is going through several “greatly executed” prioritised programmes that are combined with racing across Europe to keep his mind in the game and experience levels up.

“If you’re in the field of world-class sport you’ll know that a medal is something that every professional athlete dreams of, and always works towards. No questions asked. However, one needs to be realistic as well and understand that you’re competing against a select few of the best,” he said noting that his target at the games is the top 15 of the plus-minus 110 starters in the road race.

De Lange stated that being up against cyclists who are fresh off the Tour de France and other world tour riders, a top 15 would put Namibia’s flag up with the best and his name amongst the top performers of the event.

“Of course, I always strive for higher. But everyone needs a baseline to work with. And I’m happy with mine, this would be in striking range of Namibia’s best results in the past years at the road race event in the Games,” he said.

Namibian cyclists are expected to arrive in England as of Sunday, 24 July 2022 and will be based at the Warwick Athletes Village.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Kudus’ purple patch continues

Coastal side Kudus Rugby Club continued their dominance of the 2022 Namibia Rugby Premier League season by whipping Reho Falcons 52-30 in Rehoboth on Saturday.

Kudus scored eight tries and converted six of them to maintain their top spot in the league on 51 points.

Justin Newman and Peter Wilson scored two tries apiece while Charlton Brussels, Clayton Camm, Cody Naholo and Jarren Koning contributed one try each.

Aurelio Plato converted four of them while Percy Nash and Chad Plato added a conversion each.

Falcons got their tries through fullback Enrique Husselmann, Liam Parker and Dillon Kahmann.

Husselmann added three conversions and three penalties for his side who remain rooted at the bottom of the log with one victory in 11 matches.

Despite their overwhelming victory, Kudus continue to feel the pressure from Wanderers who triumphed over Western Suburbs by 52-19 at Hage Geingob Stadium on the same day.

Wanderers have 50 points from 11 matches, having won eight and losing three.

In other matches, the University of Namibia (UNAM) edged Trustco by 54-10 while Rehoboth beat Grootfontein by a single point in a 42-41 thriller in Grootfontein.

UNAM remain third on the log with 36 points followed by Suburbs who are fourth with 34 points.

Rehoboth has 31 points from 11 matches at fifth while Grootfontein is sixth with 24 points and United seventh with 13 points.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Titans to play Rebels in finals

Titans withstood a massive wave of attack from University of Namibia (UNAM) Wolves to snatch a 65-64 victory in the semi-final of the 2022 Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) playoffs at Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) in Windhoek Friday night.

The match which was well attended was a seesaw affair as both teams tried to outfox each other tactically and physically, but it was the Titans who came out tops.

Wolves started brightly and led the first quarter by 17-08 points before Titans clawed their way back by outscoring them 19-12 in the second quarter.

The third quarter was an even affair as both teams scored 19 points apiece before Titans outscored Wolves by 19-16 in the third quarter.

In what could be easily described as the final before the final, Wolves went into the last two minutes leading by a point (64-63) but Titans pushed hard and were rewarded with two points to take over the lead.

There was drama in the last 10 seconds of the match when Wolves’ Macbeth Kazeura attempted a three-pointer instead of driving into Titans’ defence to either score two points or draw a foul which would have resulted in two free shots.

His attempt failed and the Titans regained possession to claim victory.

Titans will now meet UNAM Rebels in the final after the latter overcame Afro Stars 78-48 in the second semi-final on Saturday.

Rebels outscored Afro Stars in the first three quarters 06-03, 11-7 and 12-06 before the fourth quarter was tied 10-all.

In the women’s playoffs, UNAM Phoenix overcame TBA Silverswords 85-27 to set up a final match clash with UNAM Sparks.

Sparks beat Quality Basketball Club 77-24.

The finals are pencilled in for 30 July at UN Plaza in Katutura.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Successful weekend for Rebels

The second leg of the 2022 MTC Netball Namibia Premier League season saw only three matches scheduled for the weekend at Ogongo on Saturday.

It was a case of northern derbies as Northen Fly Ballers faced Young Stars in the first derby, with the latter emerging victorious by 39-34 points.

The second derby saw Fly Ballers losing to the Rebels Netball Club by a 44-36 scoreline.

Rebels then completed a successful weekend by overcoming Young Stars by a 41-36 margin in the last game of the day.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed coach of the women’s senior team Mary Waya conducted her first training session for the team on Friday in Windhoek.

Waya is being assisted by Lloyd Makunde and she is tasked to make sure that Namibia qualifies for the 2023 World Cup scheduled for Cape Town.

Her first task will be the Africa World Cup qualifiers in Pretoria, South Africa from 22 to 29 August 2022.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Shangula commends mental health initiatives

Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula has commended initiatives which help create awareness around gender-based violence, suicide and rape, which contribute to the deterioration of mental health.

Shangula emphasised Government’s support towards such initiatives, adding that the ministry is currently finalising the Mental Health Amendment Bill that will be tabled in the National Assembly.

“The Bill aims to regulate mental health care in order to promote the dignity, autonomy, human rights and the optimal mental, social and physical wellbeing of persons with mental health conditions; the care and treatment and the procedures that must be followed, amongst others,” he explained.

Shangula was speaking Saturday night in Swakopmund at the launch of the National Mental Health Care Namibia non-governmental organisation.

He noted that although the ministry has a robust mental health programme, the magnitude of the problem outstrips the available infrastructure and human resources.

“The government therefore welcomes and supports initiatives such as these to help create public awareness and destigmatise mental health in Namibia, also offering counselling and a safe place for proper rehabilitation, care and support,” said Shangula.

The initiative by Cathy Kambanda, was launched through a boxing exhibition under the theme ‘Box-out suicide, Box-out depression’ featuring former and prominent boxers such as Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon, Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda and Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro among others.

Comedian Milton Xuro known as ‘Ousie Ebs’ and media influencer Leonard Witbeen also made a debut in the ring.

Kambanda, who is a rape victim herself said the initiative is aimed to give a platform for people to speak out and receive the kind of assistance she received after what she went through.

“We will now have social workers and psychologists available, who will be dealing with the traumas and matters at hand. There will also be a call centre through which people can call in for free and seek mental health assistance. We are really dealing with serious mental issues, some emanating from the loss of loved ones and jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some from past traumas, now is the time to pay attention to these issues and deal with mental health,” Kambanda noted.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency