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New Era Newspaper Monday August 14, 2017

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22 SPORT Monday, August 14 2017 | NEW ERA Mighty Gunners win Otjozondjupa netball tourney OTJIWARONGO The Mighty Gunners netball team at Otjiwarongo on Saturday won the 2017 regional Dinolo Super Netball tournament. African Deli Netball coordinator Charlane Minnaar, in a chat with Nampa on Saturday said Mighty Gunners would now represent the Otjozondjupa Region at the national Dinolo Super Netball League on September 30 in Swakopmund. The regional netball tournament for Otjozondjupa took place at the Paresis Sports Complex. Minnaar said 11 netball teams in the Otjozondjupa initially indicated their participation in the tournament, but due to lack of transport, only seven turned up. The teams are the Osire Senior Secondary School, Monica Geingos Junior Secondary School, Mighty Gunners, TransNamib Devils, Otjozondjupa Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Eleven Warriors and Paresis Senior Secondary School. The Mighty Gunners as winners received a cash prize of N,000, followed by the Eleven Warriors with Photo: Nampa Aiming high… Action between Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Paresis Senior Secondary School during the 2017 regional Dinolo Super Netball League in Otjiwarongo on Saturday. N,500 in second place and NamPol in third place with N,000. Minnaar said similar regional tournaments were held in the Khomas, Erongo, Hardap, Omaheke, Kavango West, Oshana and Oshikoto regions. She said the next regions are Omusati, //Kharas, Kavango East, Ohangwena, Kunene and Zambezi. Winners of these regional netball tournaments will participate at the Dinolo national netball league finals. “The main objective of holding the league at the regional and national levels is to develop netball amongst women in all 14 regions,” Minnaar said, adding that the overall league winners at the nationals in Swakopmund will receive N,000 followed by N,000 for second place and N,000 for third place. The tourney is sponsored by the African Deli Company, a Walvis Bay-based company that is quite unique in that it processes readyto-eat traditional food from northern Namibia. – Nampa Wheelchair basketball tourney a blast WINDHOEK The Katutura Youth Centre was a serious hive of activity on Saturday during the 2017 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, where a qualified classifier assessed athletes. The one-day tournament was hailed a success by Bjorn Magg, one of the organisers. “The tournament was more than I had imagined. We had five teams playing, one of which was an all ladies team. The competition was tough, as the level of wheelchair basketball is improving quickly,” he said. Magg told Nampa the spectators created an unbelievable atmosphere, as evidenced by tension during the finals. Wheel-Ability Sports Club (SC) Legends beat Oshana Heroes 23-22 points to claim the winner’s trophy. Magg said the next step is to select a national team and raise enough money to compete internationally. Photo: Nampa Hoop dreams… Action during the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Katutura Youth Centre on Saturday. President of the Namibia National Paralympic Committee, Johannes Litwayi, echoed the organisers’ view, saying national budget cuts have affected everyone in the country, including sports. “I would like to thank our sponsors who made this possible, at the same time calling on more companies to come on board and support disability sports,” he said. Litwayi said their wish is to hold more such events and allow disabled Namibians to showcase their skills, noting there was a big improvement in the quality displayed by the athletes on Saturday. He expressed hope for more funds that will allow for the selection of a national team to represent Namibia. The teams that took part in the tournament are Wheel-Ability SC Legends, Wheel-Ability SC Zebras, Wheel-Ability SC Cheetahs (all ladies team), Oshana Heroes and Ohangwena SC. – Nampa

Monday, August 14 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Kauta leads the race for NPL hot seat … As clubs smoke peace pipe Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek Following months of uncertainty and speculation over the future of the country’s flagship football league, the Namibia Premiership (NPL) – recent signs are that domestic football could be back on track after some clever lobbying by influential and high-ranking football officials. New Era Sport has been reliably informed that Katutura glamour football club African Stars’ long serving chairman Patrick Kauta, a noted legal practitioner, is the frontrunner for the vacant position of NPL chairman. As it stands, the league was rendered leaderless following the hasty departure of its charismatic chairman, Johnny ‘JJD’ Doeseb. The latter jumped ship before he was pushed in the face of intense pressure to vacate office, amidst the league’s failure to solicit sponsorship to cover the additional N million dollar shortfall for the league to start proceedings for the 2016/2017 Term. Some said Doeseb was made the sacrificial lamb, but his exit left the league in total disarray after those who masterminded his departure resolved to install an interim committee to administer the affairs of the NPL – very much against the spirit of the NFA constitution, which does not make provision for interim committees. And to worsen matters, the country’s football governing body, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), added more fuel to the fire by appointing an ad-hoc committee to run an eye over the internal affairs of the NPL. However, the resolution was met with disdain by the league’s leading football clubs, who form the backbone of the country’s flagship football league. The aggrieved clubs would have none of that and resolved to vigorously challenge the constitutional interpretation and the legality of the composition of such a body. The clubs argued and correctly so, that NFA had no mandate whatsoever to interfere in the internal affairs of an autonomous body (NPL) and stood their ground until the red-faced association reluctantly loosened the grip of its self-imposed authority on the NPL hierarchy. Although there was intense animosity between the league’s heavyweights and the rest of the clubs over the clubs’ refusal to participate in the Debmarine Namibia Cup, it now appears that all affiliates have buried the hatchet in an effort to find common ground – for the good of football. Sources close to the latest developments revealed to New Era Sport that Kauta’s timely intervention and smart lobbying has earned him respect amongst the majority of the clubs. It was further revealed that the majority of clubs want to install Kauta in the NPL key position. Kauta is no newcomer to domestic football, having been literally born into a football crazy family. His old man, Kella, doubled as African Stars head coach, astute scout and team manager all in one during the club’s golden era in the mid-70s. Kauta, the widely renowned legal eagle, almost singlehandedly transformed the Reds from perennial relegation candidates into one of the most feared football clubs in the domestic league. Stars suffered a catastrophic dip in form though with the shock exit of Oscar ‘Silver Fox’ Mengo, who teamed up with the Tjihero brothers, who left Stars in a huff to form Liverpool Football Club upon Namibia’s ascent to democracy in 1990. Hot favourite… Legal practitioner Patrick Kauta is tipped to become the new NPL chairman. A vacancy exists for an ASSISTANT HACCP COODINATOR X2 Seaflower Group of Companies: incorporating the two main Operators, Seaflower Whitefish Corporation Limited & Seaflower Lobster Corporation based in Lüderitz, is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and requires the services of ASSISTANT HACCP Coordinator at its Head Office in Lüderitz. Para-athletes need more support – Manombe-Ncube Otniel Hembapu Windhoek If Namibian para-athletes are to continue bringing home more medals and dominate on the international arena, government and the private sector will seriously have to relook into various policies and the amount of resources injected into structures catering for the athletes. This was the view of Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs Alexia Manombe-Ncube when she received the country’s Paralympians at her office on Friday. Manombe-Ncube welcomed and congratulated Ananias Shikongo and Johannes Nambala, as well as guides Even Tjiuju and Sydney Kamuharukua during the athletes’ brief courtesy visit to her office. Namibia Paralympics Committee (NPC) secretarygeneral Michael Hamukwaya also accompanied the athletes. “Our para-athletes have demonstrated feats of superhuman strength, despite the many challenges they face. But alongside the celebration of exceptional ability, we must also reflect on our worst disability, which is the way in which our society is disabling people. “The fact is that society does not accommodate our differences. A person using a wheelchair is today still not able to enter a building, because no provision has been made for wheelchair access. A human rights approach to disability calls for the rethinking of not just physically disabling structures, but also social spaces and workplace environments. “Now is the time for us to challenge ourselves as both government and private sector to realign our commitment, support and dedication to these national heroes. I would especially like to call upon the private sector to follow the example of past and present sponsors of our para-athletes. “The private sector should continue investing in our athletes to enhance their competitiveness internationally. We should develop measures that will encourage people with disabilities to lead more active lives. “I would also like to commend FNB Namibia, through its FNB Holdings Foundation Trust, for its timely investment that enabled our athletes to compete at the recent IPC World Championship in London. I hope more corporate partners will come on board,” Manombe-Ncube said. Amplifying the call for more support, NPC secretarygeneral Hamukwaya said the country has immense talent at its disposal, but the lack of opportunity remains a stumbling block for aspiring athletes and there is little financial support for the established ones. He thus appealed to the corporates to on board to investment and assist the country’s Paralympians, saying as witness in recent times if adequate resources are pumped into their work and wellbeing, positive results are guaranteed. Purpose of the Position: To maintain all quality related issues with regards to raw materials and final products in order to conform to the EU and NSI standards Key accountability area will include and are not limited to: • Inspection of all products in the Factory according to sampling plan • Monitoring of cold chain in products and processing environment • Control and testing of instruments: Scales, thermometers, mass meters & metal detector • Ensure product labeling, FIFO audits (First in First Out) and traceability system functions as planned • Inspection of Ultra Violet water purification system • Monitoring of housekeeping and hygiene in processing facility • Ensure that work is done in accordance of food safety policy and procedures • Maintain and monitor all corrective action activities Requirements: • Be a Namibian citizen • In possession of a BSc. Fisheries & Aquatic Science or BSc. Food Science & Technology • Be computer literate • Proficient in written and spoken English • Sound knowledge of HACCP and Food Safety System Candidates meeting the requirements should send their CV with supporting documents to: The Human Resources Department Seaflower Whitefish Corporation Limited P.O. Box 15 Lüderitz Phone: 063-208100 or E-mail:hr@seaflower.com.na Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted. Closing Date: 23 August 2017

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