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Telecom bring services to Okongo

Maria David
TO ensure that all parts of the country is covered and connected, Telecom Namibia has brought service closer to the rural parts of Namibia in the Okongo of Ohangwena Regions.
Officially launching the Fibre Optic Route for the Okongo, Oshikunde and Omundaungilo constituencies, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, said Telecom’s effort to extend its communication services to remote areas is in line with the ministry’s plan of having everyone connected. The high speed fibre-based network will link the three constituencies and surrounding settlements such as Oshuuli and Oupili to the rest of Namibia. He noted that with advanced telecommunications network, the communities of Okongo, Oshikunde and Omundaungilo now have access to an increased internet and cell phone network band. Officially commissioning the fibre optic network, Simataa said it will serve a combined population of close to 50 000 residents, which is about 20% of the Namibian population. Simataa thanked the Okongo-Oshikunde-Omundaungilo communities for exercising patience and tolerance in waiting for the advanced telecommunications services, the implementation of which dates back to the independence of the country in 1990.
“Our ultimate objectives is to place every single service online,” Simataa noted, adding that the government strives to create the right conditions to enable its citizens to exploit their potential. Simataa pointed out that improved and reliable telecommunication networks enable people to engage in technology services such as e- commerce, e-health and online research and planning. He then appealed to Telecom to ensure stability, reliability and harmony in the country’s telecommunications sector.
Chief Executive Officer of Telecom, Theo Klein, revealed that his company will in the near future extend the Okongo-Oshikunde-Omundaungilo fibre optic network to Mpungu and Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region, through to Rundu in the Kavango East Region. ...

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Iyambo re-elected as mayor of Oshakati

Maria David
THE Oshakati Town Council held a special council meeting yesterday to elect new office-bearers, with Angelus Iiyambo retaining his position as mayor.
In what was practically a replay of last year's elections, Iiyambo will be deputised by Ndamononghenda Hamunjela, while Katrina Shimbulu was elected as chairperson of the three-member management committee. The other two members of the committee are Loise Shivolo and Onesmus Shilunga.
Gabriel Kamwanka and Linus Tobias of the opposition PDM remain ordinary members of the council.
In his acceptance speech, Iiyambo highlighted the town council's achievements during the past 12 months, and also listed some of the projects awaiting implementation.
He pledged publicly that his leadership of active councillors will continue to deliver that which the community wants with the meagre resources at the council’s disposal.
“Over the past years, the community of Oshakati has witnessed the implementation of several projects through our joint efforts that emanates from unity in leadership and has brought about the realisation of land availability for housing and businesses in Oshakati,” said Iiyambo.
According to Iiyambo, council has managed to complete servicing about 4 400 erven in Oshakati and successfully constructed about 1 000 houses catering to middle, low and ultra-low income earners. More than 1 000 of these houses are also currently under construction around Oshakati.
Oshakati's Magistrate Cynthia Matiti presided over the ceremony. ...

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Mother of the ‘child witch’ hospitalised

Placido Hilukilwa
THE story of the eight-year-old girl who admitted to being a witch in an audio recording uploaded on social media recently, took a dramatic turn this week when her mother was admitted in the Eenhana district hospital due to high blood pressure and for counselling following days of non-stop crying and threats to commit suicide.
The girl claimed in the 14-minute long audio recording that she was trained as a witch by her own mother at Ongwediva. She also identified a number of her relatives as witches.
Family members who spoke to Informanté on condition of anonymity, said the woman – whose name cannot be published to protect the identity of the child – is into her ninth month of pregnancy and is expected to deliver her fourth child before the end of this month.
“She was devastated by the allegations, not only because they are false, but more so because they raise the question as to why her minor child was interrogated, audio recorded and the audio recording uploaded on social media by the same people who were the child’s guardians for the past five years,” a close relative said.
A psychiatrist who evaluated the child at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on 30 October described her as a victim of psychological and physical abuse who was told by her interrogators to confirm specific allegations or else have her head cut off.
The child was a Grade 2 learner at a private school in the Helao Nafidi town but is no longer attending school and is now living a secret life to avoid stigmatisation.
The child’s new guardian made several attempts to register a case of psychological and physical abuse at the Eenhana police station, but failed.
“I went to the police station several times, but the officers adamantly refused to register a criminal case,” she said.
Police officers disagree saying she simply misunderstands the legal process.
A police officer said, “We took sworn statements from her and we are now going to take statements from several other people. All the statements will then be forwarded to the office of the Prosecutor General who will then decided whether there is a case of not.”
NamRights Phil yaNangolo said the police’s refusal to register a criminal case is itself criminal.
“They are obstructing the ends of justice,” he said, promising to intervene and take up the matter with the Inspector General of the police, Sebastian Haitota Ndeitunga.” ...

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20 hours ago

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SENS ANNOUNCEMENT

TRUSTCO GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED

Incorporated in the Republic of Namibia
(Registration number 2003/058)
Registered as an external company in South Africa
(External registration number 2009/002634/10)
NSX share code: TUC
JSE share code: TTO
ISIN Number: NA000A0RF067
(“Trustco” or “the Company”)

ADDRESSING THE FALSE PRESENTATION DISTRIBUTED ABOUT TRUSTCO

Trustco shareholders (“Shareholders”) are referred to the SENS announcement published on 16 October 2018 regarding a false anonymous presentation.

After obtaining external legal advice on how to address the distribution of the fraudulent presentation and to ensure that the author/s and peddlers of the presentation are held accountable, a complaint has been laid against various suspects at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit. The South African Police Service registered the complaint under case number CAS 525/11/2018.

The Board believes it has a responsibility towards all stakeholders to protect them against any possible criminal behaviour perpetrated by any individual or institutions.

Windhoek, Namibia

15 November 2018

Amanda Bruyns
Company Secretary: Trustco Group Holdings Limited

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1 day ago

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FLIPSIDE ---- Chris Jacobie

CARE MORE

Namibians are wading ankle deep in the blood of mothers and daughters that have met their end - by violent men – in acts so unspeakable that voices from hell and demons are blamed.
Violence against women is the most callous of crimes imaginable, because it is perpetrated mostly by those in trust, since they are the closest.
The increasing assault on women is a war that men must fight until every woman and girl child is safe, because they should be respected and cherished.
They must be recognised as the other half of a Namibia that cannot be a nation if women are isolated for every kind of abuse by any beast.
The continuous assault, rape and murder of women is a declaration of war and an insult to all men of Namibia who should now feel challenged by the brutes of society – who, under the protection of friends and by intimidation of lovers and wives, operate under some misguided amnesty of misplaced sympathy.
Another thousand conferences and workshops and advice from beyond borders and from far away conference rooms will not keep one woman or little girl safe. What will keep them safe is when they are revered as a national standard and enjoy amnesty for whatever they might do, or are provoked to do.
Namibian women begged for mercy, cried for help, but still suffer the most violent of abuse because of a culture of silence.
There are untold examples of women baring their souls to church leaders but ended up being molested by the men of the cloth themselves and eventually stripped from their last hope of divine intervention.
Namibians know that in desperation, the demons that are often blamed and the men possessed - not only are they still walking free, but are on the prowl and ready to strike at any opportunity against any victim - because they might just get away again like so many times before.
Men must take up the burden and responsibility to steady the hand that rocks the nation’s cradle, since women, wives, single mothers, grandmothers and lovers are abandoned while they are feeding and moulding future characters. They are doing a sterling job of protecting and educating through dozens of big and small civil society organisations, but it is clearly not delivering the desired results.
The destiny of the nation is in the hands of the mothers and wives who should be able to do so without wondering if the approaching footsteps of a father, lover or husband brings terror, or care.
The hand of a man should be the one that sympathetically and tenderly wipes the tears of joy or sorrow from a woman’s cheek, not be clenched into a fist to inflicts pain and humiliation.
The nation should not wait until gender-based violence also becomes just another statistic of a growing list of seemingly impossible challenges extinguishing hope and faith of fellow citizens, the authorities and the institutions of the state.
Gender-based violence should not be allowed to stand as the horrific charge assuming Namibian men guilty. Only men can change this perception.
The festering wound on the Namibian conscience will only be healed by a radical change in society.
It should start with slaughtering the holy cultural and traditional cows that put a price on a woman’s head, making her the property of men who pay a few head of cattle and treat her like a beast that can be slaughtered when there is no more use for her.
In the more modern of societies, women are held hostage by men who believe that gifts make them slaves of their impulsivity.
The reality is that the demons are walking free, and mothers and daughters do not know if the hand of protection from a partner might not be the very same hand holding a murder weapon, or if the fingers that stroke through her hair might not be the same that strangles the last breath of air from her body before it is cut up and dispersed.
It is time to fight fire with fire, because the protection of women is not a fair fight.
With challenges, there comes a time when talk does not help anymore.
Respect, compassion and endearment for the weak and vulnerable is the badge of honour that all good societies aspire to.
It will make men strong and be the shield that mothers and daughters deserve, because their tears are meant for love and joy and not to be shed in agony and pain, because their instinct is to love unconditionally.
The babies carried on the backs of mothers and sisters must become the men that will be the first ambassadors of a nation deeply rooted in mutual respect and compassion for the weak.
Only men that are strong in the times of peace will be brave in the times of threat. That is the destiny of men and the burden that comes with self-sacrificing bravery. ...

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