Monthly Archives: March 2013

10 percent increase in subscriber in Mobile Telecommunication Limited – 2012

WINDHOEK: The Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) mobile service company has reached 2,042 million active subscribers in 2012, which accounts for a 10 per cent increase from the previous financial year.

This resulted in the company’s revenue increasing to N.dollars 1.62 billion, representing an 11 per cent hike from the previous year.

MTC Managing Director Miguel Geraldes attributed the 2012 positive results to data growth, complimented by price management in the voice segment with the introduction of 38 cents call tariffs.

Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortizations (EBITDA) also increased with 11 per cent compared to the previous year, making MTC’s EBITDA for 2012 N.dollars 860 million.

He said this was as a clear result of effective cost management strategies implemented despite the increase of cost to sustain all of our additional networks.

The company’s total profits reached N.dollars 353 million, 10.6 per cent more than the previous financial year.

Otjozondjupa and Omaheke in finals at Newspaper Cup

The finals take place on Monday.

The semi-final matches here on Sunday afternoon saw The Namibian Newspaper Cup defending champions, Erongo crushed by Omaheke with two goals to one, while Otjozondjupa beat Khomas with two goals to nil.

Omaheke and Otjozondjupa were set to battle it out for the first place in the tournament in the finals, while the Erongo and Khomas teams would compete for the third place.

All four teams have previously won the Newspaper Cup.

Khomas this year qualified for the semi-finals when they drew one-all against Kunene to top Group B.

Omaheke qualified for the semi-finals when they beat Karas 1-0 to end as leaders of Group A, and Otjozondjupa qualified for the semis when they beat Caprivi 2-0 to lead Group C.

Close to 5 per cent of Namibians lives with disabilities

This is according to the Namibia 2011 Population and Housing Census Basic Report, launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in the capital on Wednesday.

According to the latest census conducted in August 2011, 89 per cent of people with disabilities were affected by one type of disability, while 9 per cent were affected by two types. Close to 2 per cent of people living with disabilities reported three types of disabilities.

Physical impairment – lower limbs was the most common type of disability affecting 22.6 per cent of all people with disabilities. The second most frequent disability was visual impairment, which affected 17.4 per cent of the population with disabilities.

Urban areas had the highest proportion of people with disabilities, with impairment of lower limbs constituting 23.7 per cent. The proportion in rural areas was similar: 22.1 per cent.

The lowest type of disability was albinism and autism, each of which was reported by about one per cent of people living with disabilities.

The census report indicated that 42 per cent of people living with disabilities also have difficulty engaging in any learning and, or economic activity.

“There were no significant difference between males and females in this respect, but higher proportions of people in rural (45.5 per cent) than urban (34 per cent) areas with disabilities had difficulty engaging in learning and, or economic activities,” it stated.

Newspaper Cup feeding national team: Muinjo

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) president, John Muinjo said the Newspaper Cup has been ‘feeding’ the senior national team with players, and has contributed immensely to the growth of football in Namibia.

Muinjo told Nampa on Saturday on the sidelines of the 2013 Namibia Newspaper Cup underway at the Paresis Park here that the fundamental objective of the competition is to develop football from the grassroots level.

“This competition builds young players from a young age how to play football, team work, tolerance and fair play,” said the president of the football governing body.

In the same vein, he said, the competition also assists in training referees.

According to Muinjo, about 80 per cent of the current national team players have passed through the same competition.

He, however, highlighted the lack of proper facilities as some of the challenges hindering the progress of football in Namibia.

Hardap U-20 football team disqualified for cheating

In a media statement issued here on Saturday, the Secretary-General of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Barry Rukoro said Hardap is no longer part of the competition after using illegitimate players.

Nampa learned from reliable sources within the organising committee that the players are older than 20 years old, and allegedly falsified their Identification Documents (IDs) in order to appear younger than they really are.

The team’s exit from the competition came amid a complaint launched by the Karas regional team concerning Hardap’s use of seven players.

Upon investigation, the competition’s organising committee discovered that six of the seven players are not eligible for the competition.

“The organising committee resolved to act in accordance with Article 10 of the rules of the competition and suspend Hardap from any further participation in this edition of the competition,” read the statement.

The committee also resolved that Hardap is declared loser in all three of their matches thus far.

Hardap beat Omusati 2-1 and drew 1-1 against Omaheke and Karas, respectively.

Further investigations into the matter are being carried out in an effort to bring the real culprits of the offence to book.