Daily Archives: November 11, 2012

Nam beat Zim in first Tri-Nations’ match

WINDHOEK: The Namibian rugby team -the Welwitchias crossed their first hurdle in the 2012 Tri-Nationa tournament yesterday afternoon on the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium, when they beat the more experienced Zimbabwean team with a mere four points.

Namibia opened the scoreboard within the first five minutes of the match with a penalty kick by Theuns Kotze leading with 3-0. The Zimbabwean team answered wit a penalty kick shortly after and equalized the score with 3-3 But it was the young Welwitchia’s agility and determination for the first half that kept the home crowd on their feet as Renaud van Neel scored the first try for the local team in the 17th minute making the score the 11-3. Namibia lead halt time with only one point difference 16-15.

With the second half barely ten minutes on, it was again Namibia who scored the first try with Johan Tromp playing Wing who broke through the Zimbabweans defense and score a try making the lead bigger for the home team with 23-15 after Kotze playing in the Fly Half position added another two points after a conversion kick.

Zimbabwe’s spirit was not broken by the young Namibians and kept on fighting back as their experience as the current Africa Champions put even more pressure on the home team when Tangai Nemadire scored two tries in less than ten minutes for Zimbabwe putting pressure on the Namibians, but at the end it was Namibia pulling it through with the final score of 37-33.

Zimbabwean Captain Costa Dina said after the match during a media briefing, it was a hard match and they did not play as they should have, while Pieter-Jan van Lill for Namibia said they made crucial mistakes that cost them points while the team only played forty of the eighty minutes.

Zimbabwe will now play against Spain in the Tri-Nations Tournament this coming Wednesday at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium. Namibia’s next match in this tournament is slated for next week Saturday when they face the Spanish team in the last and final match between the three countries.
WINDHOEK; The Namibian rugby team crossed its first hurdle in the 2012 Tri-Nations’ tournament when it beat the more-experienced Zimbabwean team with four points at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday.
Namibia opened the scoreboard within the first five minutes of the match with a penalty kick by Theuns Kotze.
The Zimbabwean team answered with a penalty kick shortly afterwards, but the young Welwitchia team’s agility and determination kept the home crowd on their feet.
The half-time score was 16-15 in favour of Namibia.
Barely 10 minutes into the second half, Namibia scored its first try when wing Johan Tromp broke through the Zimbabwean defense. Fly-half Kotze added another two points after a conversion kick.
The Zimbabweans’ spirit was not broken by the young Namibians and they kept on fighting back.
The current African champions put even more pressure on the home team when Tangai Nemadire scored two tries in less than 10 minutes, but in the end, Namibia pulled through and won 37-33.
Zimbabwean captain Costa Dina said after the match during a media briefing that it was a hard match and they did not play as they should have, while Namibia’s Pieter-Jan van Lill said his side made crucial mistakes that cost them points.
Zimbabwe will now play against Spain in the Tri-Nations’ Tournament on Wednesday at the same venue.
Namibia’s next match in this tournament is slated against Spain next Saturday in the last and final match of the three-nation competition.

Adventure Travel Summit preparations launched in Swakop

SWAKOPMUND: Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, officially launched the national preparations of the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS), here on Friday.
The launch was accompanied by the unveiling of the clock which was handed over to Namibia in Lucerne, Switzerland on 11 October this year as the host country for the 2013 ATWS.
Namibia will be the first country in Africa to host the prestigious event starting on 20 October 2013.
Speaking during the launch, Nandi-Ndaitwah indicated that Namibia has less than 360 days to prepare for the arrival of 700 delegates from around the world to experience Africa at its best.
“These will be 360 days of wonderful partnerships, as my vision for this event is for us all to come together to showcase the very best Namibia has to offer,” she stated.
The Minister continued to say that getting the summit was not easy and has been a national effort, whereby Namibia made a great impression on the adventure community.
She therefore indicated that emphasis is placed on conservancy and that Namibia needs to show the members coming to witness the event, what conservation is as it is the reason Namibia won the bid.
“Now each and every Namibian has the chance to tell this story on our soil and as we tell this story, it will echo through the hearts of many and will be remembered as a story not just told, but experienced,” Nandi-Ndaitwah stated.
She further mentioned, that the summit will be a learning curve for Namibian businesses to learn from specialists in various fields and compare notes on the best available strategies in the tourism sector.
Also speaking at the launch on Friday, Mayor of Swakopmund, Rosina //Hoabes indicated that the summit should not only be seen as the responsibility of the Government, but should be seen as a joint effort between the Government and the Private sector which was evident during the bidding process.
“All Namibians must be aware of this summit and join the preparation for ATWS 2013 to be able to present Namibia and its people as a whole then only we will make a success of the summit,” she said.
She also added that the clock will now be openly ticking and visible to the Namibian public.
Furthermore, Regional Manager of Standard Bank Namibia, Ronnie Einbeck, stated that the bank will sponsor N.dollars 200 000 to the summit and will continue to pledge its support to the event taking place in 2013.
SWAKOPMUND; Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah officially launched the national preparations for the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) here on Friday.
The launch was accompanied by the unveiling of a clock handed over to Namibia in Lucerne, Switzerland on 11 October this year as the host country for the 2013 ATWS from 26 to 31 October.
Namibia will be the first country in Africa to host the prestigious event.
Speaking during the launch, Nandi-Ndaitwah indicated that Namibia has less than 360 days to prepare for the arrival of 700 delegates from around the world to experience Africa at its best.
“These will be 360 days of wonderful partnerships, as my vision for this event is for us all to come together to showcase the very best Namibia has to offer,” she stated.
The minister said getting to host the summit was not easy and has been a national effort, adding that Namibia made a great impression on the adventure community.
She indicated that emphasis is placed on conservancy and that Namibia needs to show the members coming to witness the event what conservation is, as it is the reason Namibia won the bid.
“Now each and every Namibian has the chance to tell this story on our soil, and as we tell this story it will echo through the hearts of many and will be remembered as a story not just told but experienced,” Nandi-Ndaitwah stated.
She further said that the summit will be a learning curve for Namibian businesses to learn from specialists in various fields and compare notes on the best available strategies in the tourism sector.
On her part, Swakopmund mayor Rosina //Hoabes indicated that the summit should not only be seen as the responsibility of the government, but should be seen as a joint effort between Government and the private sector, which was evident during the bidding process.
“All Namibians must be aware of this summit and join the preparation for ATWS 2013 to be able to present Namibia and its people as a whole. Then only will we make a success of the summit,” she said.
Also speaking at the launch, Regional Manager of Standard Bank Namibia, Ronnie Einbeck said his bank will sponsor N.dollars 200 000 towards hosting the summit.

Karasburg’s Plakkerskamp electrified

KEETMANSHOOP: A total of 125 houses in Plakkerskamp informal settlement of Karasburg in the Karas Region received prepaid electricity meters on Friday.
The informal settlement did not have electricity before, thus the residents are now able to use electricity in their houses.
Speaking to Nampa in a telephonic interview on Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Karasburg Town Council Eberhardt Kaitjindi said the project started in February and cost the council N.dollars 2.1 million.
Town mayor Caroline Arendse on Friday officially switched on the power to the informal settlement for the first time to mark the completion of the project.
Karasburg Constituency Councillor Paulus Ephraim and other local authority councillors were also present at the event.
“People are happy to receive electricity because it is good development for them. Now there are only 28 houses in the same settlement that are not electrified,” the CEO said.
Kaitjindi indicated that such 28 houses and an unknown number of other houses in Westerkim Township will be electrified as soon as the funds are available.
Plakkerskamp was the only informal settlement in that town that did not have electricity.
The CEO noted that the council has purchased and waiting to receive a Grinder and Backhoe loader that will be used to repair gravel roads and clean the town.
“Our gravel roads are very old, that’s why we found it fit to buy a Grinder to start repairing them,” Kaitjindi said.
Karasburg is located 210 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop
KEETMANSHOOP; A total of 125 houses in the Plakkerskamp informal settlement of Karasburg in the Karas Region were electrified on Friday.
Town mayor Caroline Arendse officially switched on the power to that informal settlement to mark the completion of the project that supplied residents with pre-paid electricity metres.
Speaking to Nampa in a telephonic interview on Sunday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Karasburg Town Council, Eberhardt Kaitjindi said the electrification project started in February this year and cost the council N.dollars 2.1 million.
“People are happy to receive electricity because it is good for their development. Now there are only 28 houses in the same settlement that are not electrified,” the CEO said.
Kaitjindi indicated that those 28 houses and an unknown number of houses in the Westerkim residential township will receive pre-paid electricity metres as soon as funds are available.
The Plakkerskamp was the only informal settlement in that town that did not have electricity.
The CEO further said that the council has purchased and is waiting to receive a grinder and backhoe loader that will be used to repair gravel roads and clean the town.
“Our gravel roads are very old, that’s why we found it fit to buy a grinder to start repairing them,” Kaitjindi said.
Karasburg is located 210 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop.

Two women charged with rape denied bail

SWAKOPMUND: Two women who appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape after they were arrested for allegedly providing a man here with young girls for sex in exchange for money, was denied bail here on Friday.
The two suspects – Johanna Lukas, 20, and Gwen Nalwembe, 36 – appeared before Magistrate Erich Kesslau on charges of contravening the Combating of Rape Act.
They first appeared on 05 October this year, a day after they were arrested in the Mondesa residential area of this tourist town, where they reside.
The duo allegedly offered two girls, aged 13, 14, and a woman of 18 years to a man living in the Vineta residential area in exchange for money since April this year.
Kesslau indicated during the bail application verdict on Friday, that granting bail to the suspects would not be in the interest of the public.
The duo will remain in police custody and the case is remanded to 05 December 2012 for further Police investigations.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa earlier said NamPol was informed about the goings-on by the principal of a school which one of the girls attends.
“One of the girls apparently informed a friend at school, and this friend informed the principal, who then contacted the police,” Kashuupulwa said.
The police are still attempting to trace the man, who is reportedly a South African citizen employed at a local uranium mine.
He apparently fled his residence after finding out that the police had been informed of the incidents.
Kashuupulwa further told Nampa that Nalwembe allegedly blamed poverty for their decision to exchange the minors’ ‘services’ for cash.
SWAKOPMUND; Two women who appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape for allegedly providing a man here with young girls for sex in exchange for money, were denied bail here on Friday.
The two suspects – Johanna Lukas, 20, and Gwen Nalwembe, 36 – appeared before Magistrate Erich Kesslau on charges of contravening the Combating of Rape Act.
They first appeared on 05 October this year, a day after they were arrested in the Mondesa residential area of this tourist town, where they reside, and again on Tuesday.
The duo allegedly offered two girls, aged 13, 14, and a woman of 18 years to a man living in the Vineta residential area in exchange for money since April this year.
Kesslau indicated during the bail application verdict on Friday that granting bail to the suspects would not be in the interest of the public.
The duo will remain in police custody, and the case was remanded to 05 December 2012 for further Police investigations.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa earlier said NamPol was informed about the goings-on by the principal of a school which one of the victims attends.
“One of the girls apparently informed a friend at school, and this friend informed the principal, who then contacted the police,” Kashuupulwa said.
The police are still attempting to trace the man, who is reportedly a South African citizen employed at a local uranium mine.
He apparently fled his residence after finding out that the police had been informed of the incidents.
Kashuupulwa further told Nampa that Nalwembe allegedly blamed poverty for their decision to exchange the minors’ ‘services’ for cash.

Gobanin Chief longs for end to Goreses stand-off

GOBABIS: Chief Stefanus Gariseb of the /Gobanin Traditional Authority, who was earlier this year forced to flee from his place of residence at Goreses near Otjinene for fear of his life, said he has not found peace.
In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Chief Gariseb said he still live in fear of his life and that of his subjects following an ugly confrontation earlier this year between him and mainly Otjiherero-speaking farmers from surrounding villages.
The Otjiherero speaking farmers were allegedly against Gariseb’s intention to settle farmers of mainly Damara/Nama descent on a piece of land located between the two group’s current settlements.
The /Gobanin chief wanted to allocate 20-hectare portions of land to more than 100 people at Hadagos, near Goreses in the vicinity of Otjinene.
The Police had to intervene to avert a potential tribal feud when a group of about 150 young herero men, some in cars and on horseback, and all armed with guns, knobkieries and pangas attempted to block the chief and his entourage off the intended piece of land where he intended settling the farmers.
The /Gobanin leaders and beneficiaries were forced to return to Goreses amid a din of victory celebrations reportedly emanating from the Otjinene quarters.
Gariseb told Nampa that six months down the line, the issue has not yet been resolved and his would-be beneficiaries are still without land on which to farm on.
“We submitted formal application for setllements through my office to other chiefs in the area – mainly those who were blocking my people from settling at Hadagos but we are still waiting on the response. I personally think they are internationally dragging out the entire process for their own gain,” he said.
The /Gobanin leader said he could not understand why the Herero farmers were against the settlement of people at Hadagos, as the area is empty, and has not been used all this time.
“I was surprised that they (Herero farmers) all of a sudden had problems with me settling people at Hadagos, because that place was never used at all. Only when we announced that we were going to drill a borehole at the place, that I saw people standing up against it,” he noted.
He appealed on members of his community to remain patient and refrain from any violent acts while the issue is being discussed, noting that a solution on the matter will soon be found.
GOBABIS: Chief Stefanus Gariseb of the /Gobanin Traditional Authority, who was earlier this year forced to flee from his residence at Goreses near Otjinene out of fear for his life, said he has not found peace.
In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Chief Gariseb said he still lives in fear of his life and that of his subjects, following an ugly confrontation earlier this year between him and mainly OvaHerero farmers from surrounding villages.
The OvaHerero farmers were allegedly against Gariseb’s intention to settle farmers of mainly Damara/Nama descent on a piece of land located between the two groups’ current settlements.
The /Gobanin chief wanted to allocate 20-hectare portions of land to more than 100 people at Hadagos, near Goreses in the vicinity of Otjinene.
The Namibian Police Force had to intervene to avert a potential tribal feud when a group of about 150 young OvaHerero men, some in cars and on horseback, and all armed with guns, knobkieries and pangas, attempted to block the chief and his entourage from the piece of land where he intended settling the farmers.
The /Gobanin leaders and beneficiaries were forced to return to Goreses amid a din of victory celebrations reportedly emanating from the Otjinene quarters.
Gariseb told Nampa that six months down the line, the issue has not yet been resolved and his would-be beneficiaries are still without land on which to farm on.
“We submitted a formal application for settlement through my office to other chiefs in the area – mainly those who were blocking my people from settling at Hadagos – but we are still waiting on the response. I personally think they are internationally dragging out the entire process for their own gain,” he said.
The /Gobanin leader said he could not understand why the OvaHerero farmers are against the settlement of people at Hadagos, as the area is empty, and has not been used all this time.
“I was surprised that they (Herero farmers) all of a sudden had problems with me settling people at Hadagos, because that place was never used at all. Only when we announced that we were going to drill a borehole at the place, did I see people standing up against it,” he noted.
He appealed to members of his community to remain patient and refrain from any violent acts while the issue is being discussed, noting that a solution to the matter will soon be found.