8 ENTERTAINMENT Monday, October 02 2017 | NEW ERA Scooter Braun spills the bin on Justin Bieber’s breakdown in 2014: ‘It Was Worse Than People Realized’ STAFF REPORTER Justin Bieber didn’t just have his fans worrying about him after his DUI arrest in January 2014, he also had his longtime and trusted manager, Scooter Braun, fearing for his wellbeing during those dark and troubled times. The manager, who famously discovered the multi-talented star at the age of 12, recently spoke with the Wall Street Journa media house about dealing with his most famous client, whose relationship he says goes much further than business. Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek In the candid interview, Braun, who also manages Kanye West, Ariana Grande are other big-name performers, discussed Bieber’s meltdown back in 2014, when his behaviour became increasingly erratic and dangerous. “It was worse than people realized,” Braun admitted. “I failed him day after day. We were living in hell because he was in such a dark place.” He continued, “I have inconveniences, and other people have problems. Mine feel important, but they’re not. They’re not life or death. Justin’s stuff got to a point where Jittah drops The Dedication Justin Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun. Source: E-News it was a problem.” Clearly some big changes were made. In April, Bieber posted a photo of his mug shot on his Instagram and wrote to his fans, “Thank God I am not where I used to be.” In the interview, Braun also confessed that while many industry bigwigs had lost faith in the chart-topping wunderkind never did. “Some of the biggest people in the industry, people invested in Justin’s career, told me, ‘It’s over. Focus on something else. That kid is done,’” he said. Braun also said that it was his years-old pledge that kept him loyal to his deteriorating client. The reason? “I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise,” he said. Braun also admitted he attended Al- Anon meetings to help him deal with his struggling pal. According to an Al-Anon website, Al- Anon is, “a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.” Upcoming kwaito and Afro-pop singer, Daniel Ndara, popularly known as Jittah, released his debut album titled The Dedication last week. The 14-track, which is currently making waves, features the likes of South African artists Acaz, Caz- Lasaiva and Zondi. It has hit songs such as My Hustle, a kwaito song that talks about his struggles as an upcoming artist, The Dedication, and Working, featuring Zondi. Jittah says he titled his album The Dedication because he wanted to dedicate it to all his fans who have been supporting him through his music journey, as well as to all Namibian people who like local music. He adds that the album basically encourages people not to give up on life. “It was not easy coming with this album as I had to go through thick and thin to release it. Even some people who were supposed to design the cover of my album tried to rob me of my designer to design it for me in a short time,” says Jittah. Born in Tsumeb and grown up Grootfontein, Jittah discovered his singing career some years ago after being a dancer at high school, and in 2010 got into a singing competition, NOTICE: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) Decommissioning of the existing waste disposal site and Commissioning of a new disposal site at Etoshapoort, Outjo Outjo Municipality is proposing to decommission the existing waste disposal site in Etoshapoort and Commission a new site within the same township. The existing disposal site is located within close proximity of the proposed Etoshapoort Extension 6 and thus pose serious health hazards. In terms of the Environmental Management Act of 2007 and its Regulations (GN No.30 of 2012), waste management, treatment, handling and disposal activities may not be undertaken without an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) obtained. Green Gain Environmental Consultants cc has been appointed to conduct the EIA study for the proposed activities. Notice is hereby given to all potential Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) to register, attend the meeting and send their written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, on or before the 10 October 2017. A public meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, 06 October 2017, Etoshapoort Community Hall at 09:30. Enquiries: 081 1422927 Joseph Kondja Environmental Assessment Practitioner: Green Gain Environmental Consultants cc P. O. Box 5303, Walvis Bay Cell: 0811422927 email@example.com Debut man… Local kwaito and Afro pop singer, Jitaah, who just released his debut album titled The Dedication. ending up winning second place. Ever since he’s tried to put his life into music. In 2011, he released two singles, Far Away and You Are the Best, produced at Chester Beats Records. The songs have played on National Radio and Rukavango radio station. In 2015, he released another smash hit titled Shelela. He later shot a video of the song with Black Cat Films. The video has been playing well on local television and attracted viewers on YouTube. Jittah says this year he will focus on promoting his album and perform at different events. NOTICE FOR PUBLIC MEETING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT Africa Planning Forum cc (APF) hereby gives notice to all potentially Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012) for the following: PROJECT NAME: Township Establishment of Tulaing Proper, Extension 1 and Extension 2 on Proposed Portions A, B and C of the Remainder of Portion B of the Farm Karibib No 56, creation of street and installation of associated infrastructure, Karibib, Erongo Region. PROJECT LOCATION: Karibib, Erongo Region PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project entails the Township Establishment of Tulaing Proper, Extension 1 and Extension 2 on Proposed Portions A, B and C of the Remainder of Portion B of the Farm Karibib No 56, creation of street and installation of associated infrastructure. Tulaing Proper will consist of 304 erven, Tulaing Extension 1 will consist of 246 erven and Tulaing Extension 2 will consist of 196 erven. Streets are created within each layout to provide access to the newly created erven. Overall the development will comprise of mixed land uses comprising of Single Residential, General Residential, Business, Open Space zoned erven. These erven will cater for the much needed property development in Karibib Town. PROJECT INVOLVEMENT: The Proponent: Tulaing Properties (Pty) Ltd Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Africa Planning Forum (APF) Public Meeting Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2017 Venue: Time: 14h00 Staff Reporter Windhoek REGISTRATION OF I&APs AND SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS: In line with Namibia’s Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and EIA regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012), all I&APs are hereby invited to register and submit their comments, concerns or questions in writing via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: 061 271 228 or Tel : 061 271 220 on or before 18 October 2017. At the workshop… MultiChoice Africa regional head of content for Southern Africa, Cheryl Uys- Allie, owner of People’s Weather, Stephan le Roux, MultiChoice Namibia corporate communications manager, Lizette Foot, and channel head of VIA, Izelle Venter. MultiChoice Namibia hosts second content information session Following the information session for local producers held in June, MultiChoice Namibia once again invited Namibian content last Friday to attend a content workshop. The aim of the session was to encourage Namibian producers to submit their content to different channels on the DStv and GOtv platforms. The presenters at the session included MultiChoice Africa regional head of content for Southern Africa, Cheryl Uys-Allie, channel head of VIA, Izelle Venter, and the owner of People’s Weather, Stephan le Roux. Each gave a presentation to the guests on their respective channels and shared information on the channel’s content pillars as well as tips on how Namibians can use these platforms to tell their stories. VIA (DStv Channel 147) is an Afrikaans, 24-hour lifestyle and entertainment channel. Venter emphasized the channel’s willingness to place Namibian content on the platform. “Your pitch needs to be original and people must feel inspired and have a sense of pride when watching the content. VIA is looking for larger than life characters who are authentic people with personalities our viewers can relate to.” People’s Weather (DStv Channel 180) is where nature meets human nature and tells stories that inform, unite, entertain and inspire. Owner Stephan le Roux encouraged the participants to look for opportunities of content within their communities. “People’s Weather is not only a channel with weather, it also tells stories of conservation and sustainability. The channel is small but we have established a foundation to grow. There are some many unique Namibian stories that are untapped, so we would like to create a Namibia block on the channel.” Similar initiatives by MultiChoice Namibia have resulted in Namibian content being added to the DStv platform including the Namibian drama The Third Will, as well as the addition of local radio stations to the DStv and GOtv audio bouquets, soon to be adding Rapids FM, Shipi FM on GOtv and 99Fm and Omulunga Radio on DStv. MultiChoice Namibia general manager Roger Gertze said: “International channels are also moving towards localising some of their shows by co-producing with local more local content. The producers who attended the session were taken through the business of television, particularly the how to’s of pitching a programme to a TV channel, as well as pitching a channel to a platform.” “MultiChoice Namibia understands that the entertainment industry is ever more relevant. Thus, MultiChoice Namibia wants to use positive role in Namibia, by grow- industry.” “It’s by creating value for our customers, our employees and society that we’ll build a successful business for the future,” added Gertze.
NEW ERA NCCI calls for improved access to businesses for the disabled Page 10 Saftu angered by latest South African employment statistics Page 11 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Construction industry still faces contractionary pressure – Schlettwein Edgar Brandt Windhoek During the past 18 months the construction industry experienced the most severe economic circum- And while the sector is expected ter, Calle Schlettwein feels that the - - cycles and calls for measures to align business strategy at the micro level, and timely implementation of alternative supportive measures at the macro level,” said Schlettwein at the recent annual general meeting (AGM) of the Construction the industry encountered over the past year and a half, but perhaps more importantly, it is also a platform to look forward to the future and the opportunities it holds for the industry and the economy in wishes to proceed with putting into action the interventions to support activity in the construction sector within the framework of mediumterm budgetary spending restraint and structural policy reforms to complement the national budget and further unlock investment opportunities in the economy,” said He further noted that for the re- particular, he sees “scattered green shoots” budding on the economic will roll out interventions to revive the pace of activity on some of the ongoing major capital projects, while opening up opportunities for harnessing alternative means of Not out of the woods… While the construction industry is expected to improve this year, the outcome of quarters of 2017 indicates deep-seated contractionary pressures in the industry. Photo for illustration. planned establishment of an infra- tion of ongoing capital projects and infrastructure loan facility,” Sch- He pointed out that progress has been made on assessing publicprivate partnership (PPP) options for some potential infrastructure projects, adding that he will aggressively seek to harness PPP opportunities where the potential “Amendments to domestic as- will release a substantial amount together with the government to identify listed and unlisted investment opportunities and the Ministry of Finance avails itself of We should make concerted efforts to and better utilization of state assets as a means of enhancing investment in infrastructure development, and more importantly, the Public Procurement Act offers opportunities for local procurement and tender- - Letshego Namibia’s ‘Ekwafo Letu’ IPO deepens capital markets Edgar Brandt Windhoek Letshego Namibia’s listing on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX), only the second African listing in the Letshego family, adds to the overall deepening of the country’s capital markets and with the commencement of trading, which took place on Friday morning with the ceremonial ringing of the NSX trading bell, the government Letshego has expressed in the “With this listing Letshego has taken a dive into the shark pool, but this is a well-prepared dive that you were truly prepared for,” said Schlettwein at the bell ringing ceremony, referring metaphorically to Letshego’s entrance into the realm the local economy in providing a credible option for international, regional and local investors to participate in Namibia’s growth capital and trading, stock exchanges play a key role in the distribution of income and wealth creation in shego Namibia contributes to these national objectives as expressed It’s on… Ester Kali, Letshego Namibia CEO (left) and Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Finance, at Friday Letshego Namibia shares on the stock exchange. in the Financial Sector Strategy and National Development Plans through Letshego’s inclusiveness through inclusiveness that the distributional objective is most attained for sustainable economic growth,” Chairman of the NSX, David Nuyoma, said he was delighted that the Letshego listing took place at this stage of the country’s economic history, particularly while the country’s was weathering the is a platform of opportunities to give nies that have been properly vetted,” said Nuyoma, adding that the opportunity to invest in Letshego will Commenting on Letshego Na- localisation in the Namibian market and this listing shows the best way, Letshego Namibia’s market lion, representing six percent of the NSX’s primary listings market ing applications, valued at a total of N2 million, were received during Members of the public and noninstitutional investors contributed with the remaining N2 million raised through offers from leading “Not only does our listing demonstrate our commitment to Namibia, but also our focus on delivering and companies that have invested to thank all our stakeholders, the public, companies and investors for their invaluable support and personal successful partnership as we expand our business and access to simple and Namibians who typically do not have access to banking products,” said