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Papgeld

Yes, as the headline suggests…this is a very well-known term used in Namibia and South Africa for certain moegoes of society.
Now, to explain where this is coming from. I saw an article recently suggesting tougher laws to force Namibian men who don’t pay child support to either start paying up or start losing certain social benefits. Onder andere, the one suggestion is that if you are found not paying your papgeld regularly you can’t apply for any tenders. I’m not sure if that specific law will be passed soon mara soos ek die storie kyk my broer, your fishing quota application is in sy moer in!
I remember when I became a father in 1998, I became a father for ‘’cool’’ reasons. I was 27 years old, not married (lokasie style mos) but was kamma ready to become a father vakwetu. Having my first-born son in my arms was pure bliss, I was on top of the world.
Now fast forward, 20 years later I have four children...jiirrrr die klomp goed is duur! I can hardly buy myself a CD at Musica these days cos all your money goes to these terrorists. There’s an Otjiherero saying with a strong Damara accent that we recite for many years now, “masata masata...makosa’ mariwa…loosely translated as saying, “dis nie net van lekker kry nie, die goed kos geld!”
Now, I would like to urge all the men out there, julle moegoes wat so dodge. If you are not ready to become a father, stop fathering children. Dis nie net vir patta-patta nie, there’s a responsibility attached to it! We are not living in the 60-70’s anymore, the men from that era defined macho through how many women they could sleep with and how many children they could father, k*k storie daai!
Majitas, yes we all have baby momma drama in our lives mara don’t take it out on the smallie kao. Wees ‘n man, take care of your duties en betaal die papgeld! Before you go spend money on those “gochas” at 067 or Pharaos, betaal die papgeld asseblief. Before you fuel your GTI Golf, betaal die papgeld asseblief! Before you buy that Johnny Walker Blue to impress the guys around you, betaal die papgeld asseblief!
It’s sad to see men only acknowledging their kids when they get older or broke, plus when the child becomes successful “arikana omuatje wandje”...jou moer man staan ver! Gents, stop doctoring your payslip to show Rina Horn you can’t afford to pay papgeld!
But I also have issues met baby mamas.
1. Baby mama, stop using my papgeld for Brazilian hair!
2. Baby mama, stop hating on my new girlfriend and keep my son away from me.
3. Baby mama, stop dodging me when I want to pick up my son…then you are kamma not home.
4. Baby mama, stop telling my son, “jou pa is net n sleg bliksem”...let him decide for himself, don’t decide for him!
5. Baby mama, don’t bribe me into sleeping with you so I can see my child.
Okay asseblief almal, let’s all just do what is needed for me to apply for my tenders without harassment from Inspector Ndeitunga or Rina Horn from Katutura Hof!
No more baby mama/papgeld drama! ...

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5 hours ago

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Unknown worms attacking in Omusati

Maria David
LARVAE, which is yet to be identified, is causing havoc in the Omusati Region by attacking and eating mopane leafs in and around the Ruacana Constituency.
Omusati regional councillor for the Ruacana Constituency, Andreas Shintama, said that local farmers detected the worms’ attack on mopane trees in the constituency recently.
“I believe the worms started some time back, after seeing so many trees without foliage in the area,” Shintama narrated.
He then singled out Omaenene, Egundjilo and Oshihenameya as the villages in the area of Ruacana and Onesi constituencies severely affected by the outbreak of the worms.
Shintama feels more trees will be affected if no drastic action is taken to have the larvae contained.
The challenge of the worms’ outbreak followed the good rains received in the west of Omusati Region the past two weeks.
Omaenene village is neighbouring the Etunda Irrigation Scheme Project, where an outbreak of devastating armyworms was experienced during the last rainy season.
The said project experienced poor harvest of maize as a result of armyworms’ outbreak. Shintama said he will approach the regional office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on Monday to assess and take appropriate action towards the fight against the worms.
Mopane is the only type of tree which suffered the worms’ attack so far.
Approached for comment, Public Relations Officer for Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Margaret Kalo, said they have received concerns about the unidentified caterpillars that are feeding on foliage of mopane trees.
“The ministry is deploying officials to go and assess the impact of the damage caused by the worms in the affected areas, as well as to take pictures and collect the moth samples that can be used to facilitate the identification process of the worms,” said Kalo.
Kalo noted that the ministry will also continue monitoring the situation in order to protect the country’s natural resources.
The severity of the outbreak is not yet established and whether or not the pests are just causing tree defoliation or causing tree mortality.
Furthermore, she stated that it should be noted that pests occur even on non-cultivated plants such as on trees and vary in frequency of re-occurrence from unique events, to seemingly regular cycles that are repeated every 10 to 50 years.
Farmers are urged to remain calm in the interim.

UNKNOWN: Larvae of unidentified worms attacking Omusati. Photo: Maria David ...

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14 hours ago

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Welwitschias needs the win against Spain

Aili Iilonga
Although the Namibian National Rugby Team suffered their first defeat of their European tour with 47-20 against Russia last weekend, the team is looking to bounce back as they are set to take on Spain this weekend.
Head coach of the Welwitchias, Phil Davies, has applauded his players on their performance after going on an unbeaten 12 consecutive game run as a results of the team maintaining a highly consistent level.
“The overall spirit is very good in the team. The players are disappointed by the results against Russia, but this does not define us. We keep working on ways to improve our game. We haven’t played a competitive match since August and so we are very pleased to get a test under the belt and move forward,” he said
Davies said that the performance of the team is that of great achievement.
“The players have performed very well over the past years, which has led them to develop consistency in the way they play and to score an average of 4 tries per game over the past 12. To be spoken about in achieving a record is very humbling,” he said.
Despite their loss to Russia and only scoring 3 tries, Namibia is on the same level as the mighty New Zealand All Blacks in the world record of scoring 4 or more tries in 12 consecutive games.
Talking about the game plan going into Saturday’s match, Davies said that “It is all about improving our basics for this upcoming match, for example set pieces, breakdown and defensive tackles.”
The starting team for Saturday will be announced Thursday with the match against Spain taking place in Madrid, Spain. ...

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14 hours ago

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Injuries could hamper Namibia

Aili Iilonga
THE Namibian Senior football team will face their biggest challenge in the physicality and aerial prowess of Guinea Bissau players ahead of their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier game set to take place this Saturday.
The game is Namibia’s opportunity to gain the required 10 points in group stages to qualify for Africa’s biggest football tournament, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Both sides are currently sitting on seven points in Group K and victory for either side will surely take them to the AFCON finals. Namibia started off poorly losing 1-0 against the Djurtus (meaning African Wild Dog) of Guinea Bissau last year and then drew with Zambia at home in August before taking six points off Mozambique in September and will have to continue that rich vein of form come Saturday.
Brave Warriors head coach, Ricardo Mannetti, said that despite injuries to the likes of Deon Hotto and Wangu Ngome, the Warriors will have to be on top of their game in order to go past a strong Djurtus defence.
Midfielder Wangu Gome is out of the 2019 AFCON Group K Qualifier on Saturday while Deon Hotto is a doubt.
“Wangu will not be available for this game, due to a persistent knee injury that has troubled him in recent months. The medical teams have worked really hard to ensure he plays but now it’s not looking good, while Hotto also picked up a hamstring injury and we will assess him this week at training and make a decision during the week,” said Mannetti.
“We have to be on top of our game on Saturday against Guinea Bissau. They are a strong side that likes to mix up their game and very good on the ball. They are not top of the group by fluke and they did not appear at the last AFCON by surprise, they know their business and we need to respect that and try to handle them and overcome that for our own cause,” Mannetti stated.
He adds that the opposition’s aerial strength will be something they need to contain on match day.
“They are a very psychical side with so much aerial strengths and they will be very dangerous at set-pieces and from deep in the field and we need to be aware of those at all times. This game will be defining for so many reasons and we will prepare thoroughly to make the nation proud,” said Mannetti.
Next stop for the Warriors 2019 AFCON qualifiers campaign will be their last group match against Zambia in March 2019. The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July 2019.
Tickets for the Saturday 17 November's clash are selling for N$50 on Computicket outlets and at Football House. ...

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16 hours ago

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President attends extraordinary AU session

Staff Reporter
The Namibian President, Dr, Hage Geingob has travelled to Ethiopia to participate in an extraordinary session of the African Union Assembly, taking place in Addis Ababa.
Later on Friday evening in his capacity as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community Dr. Geingob convened a working dinner of SADC Heads of States and governments to discuss common positions on the AU reforms and other matters pertaining to the region on the margins of the AU session.
According to a media release issued by State House, the purpose of the Extraordinary Session that will end on Sunday is to consider reform proposals of the AU in different domains, inclusive of the AU Commission reform and member state funding of the commission’s activities.
During the session On Saturday division of labour between member states, the AU Commission, organs and offices, regional economic communities, regional mechanisms and other continental organisations will also form part of the discussions.
Dr. Geingob is expected to return to Namibia on Sunday. ...

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