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20 SPORT Thursday, April 19 2018 | NEW ERA Assistance needed… Young cyclists from the Omuthiya BMX Club during last Sunday’s training session at Omuthiya. Omuthiya BMX club in serious need of funding Or “We are trying bit by bit to put up things like humps for riders but we still need gravel to level the area and also smoothen the surface at various spots. We therefore call upon business people to at least assist us with whatever they can – we will appreciate it a lot.” – Salomo Ndeshimona a) The Bid Submission form Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya T

Thursday, April 19 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 21 Document name / title 1 Expression of Interest Document (obtainable from via e-mail: 2 (should have contact details, location and supplier’s goods / services) 3 Ministry of Finance: Inland Revenue. 4 (issued in terms of Section 42 of 5 6 7 issued by the Ministry of Industrialisation, from the Pharmacy Council of Namibia – [applicable to suppliers seeking to supply Pharmaceutical Products to the Central Medical Stores (CMS)]. (NMRC) – [applicable to suppliers seeking to supply Pharmaceutical Products to the CMS]. Public Procurement Act 15 of 2015: 1.1. Materials and Supplies 1.2. 1.3. 1.4. 1.5. Pharmaceutical products and clinical supplies Works 2.1. Building materials and tools 2.2. Civil work, electrical, joinery and mechanical services 2.3. 2.4. Maintenance and minor capital works 2.5. 2.6. Utilities, plumbing services and pumping of septic tanks 2.7. Vehicle repairs and maintenance 3.1. Architecture services 3.2. 3.3. Interior design services 3.4. Other consultancy services 3.5. Quantity survey services 4.1. Air tickets and other transportation services 4.2. Cleaning and laundry services 4.3. Computer and technological services 4.4. 4.5. Hospitality and catering services 4.6. Advertisements and publicity 4.7. Other services and expenses Printing Property rental 4.10. Safety and security services 4.11. Transport related services Kindly take note that, the companies that are expected to submit are those that have the above-mentioned goods/services, Suppliers are expected to complete and submit them together, in a sealed envelope, clearly marked: and should be deposited on the Procurement Box, at the Security and sign in, their submission. There’s no closing date, as this is a continuous process. Thank you ! Ministry of Health and Social Services Namibia Windhoek The Ministry of Health and Social Services hereby informs all potential suppliers that are aspiring to render goods and/or following: Able-bodied African men are no longer forced to board merchant slave ships headed for plantations in the former new world. The current norm is they are enslaved in the comfort of their own homes. They have been enslaved by European clubs et al Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal FC, Barcelona, etc. whose matches are beamed live via satellite to millions of homes and watering holes on the continent. presidents resplendent in replica jerseys of European teams in the company of their cronies at many a state house screaming like crazy, imbibing free booze and expensive whisky cheering for their chosen European teams/ masters. This is without doubt detrimental to African teams, e.g. Kaiser Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Blue Eagles, Bullets F.C., Dangwa, Zamalek, Caps United, Green Buffaloes, Mufulira Wanderers and Abuja FC among others too abundant to list by name. On match day hordes of European-footfall-crazy Africans some bare-footed albeit attired in imitation jerseys of these teams are crammed like sardines into watering holes screaming their lungs out for European teams like crazy. Elite African fanatical supporters enslaved by this spectacle unfolding on millions of TV screens across the continent at least gloss over their team’s losses by downing copious amounts of lager and they throw serious rounds for their drinking buddies. Come Mondays some of them won’t even pitch up for work as they will produce false sick reports signed by unethical doctors and the product suffers and there is poor service delivery Not to beat about the bush as I penned this, Manchester City was and the continent erupted into massive as Africans feasted on marinated barbecued beef and goat. Some drove around their streets in celebrations that would have been mistaken for a people liberated from the yoke of colonialism, hanging drunkenly and perilously out of the windows of impeccable Range Rovers, BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, Jeeps, Toyota Corollas, Hyundai Elantras and other models. They even cheered louder than fans in Manchester City proper. One would have thought this was a eureka moment for a break-throw elixir for cancer or Or one would have thought an African economist had formulated a cure-all panacea that would like a magician waving a magic wand to rid Africa of its innumerable social ills such as unrest, politicians squalling over poll results, unemployment, shortage of medicines, poor sanitation, widespread poverty – but alas this was not to be but merely Africans celebrating a faraway To be a slave owner in 2018 you don’t need an ancient slave ship and a colonial sell-out chief – all you need is an elite European soccer club. The icing on the cake is there is no need for whips because volunteer slaves can be found by the busload in seys of their remote-wielding masters in Europe. There is no doubt Manchester City and its rivals have become global household names and boast galaxies of superstars. But alas, does any of its fabulous wealth trickle down to its African football slaves in Havana; Makoko; Kalingalinga; Cambamba; Agege; Kibela; Chitungwiza; Mabvuku or Ndirande? Has this team sponsored any soup kitchen at any of these potential sources of social unrest and breeding grounds for crime? Has it supported any football academy at other shanty towns such as Amui Djor, Ashiaman or in Mozambique where an appalling 80 percent of its residents live in slums? I guess the answer to my questions will be a resounding no. Anyway as it is my choice to express my views it is equally all Africans’ right to choose which teams they want to support though this is being done at the expense of African football teams that are treated like orphans by the people expected to support them. Africans, including the the author, are easily swayed and refuse to see anything good in their own products. Sometimes we don’t even want to be treated by our own African doctors but would rather be treated by whites in Europe – that is if we have moolah. What happened to the adage ‘charity begins at home’? African leaders are equally to blame for this endemic inferiority complex that has seen even the most educated Africans support European teams. I blame some African leaders because some prefer going overseas for treatment, send their children to overseas universities, some of them bank their money not in Africa, while shopping even for mascara soccer administrators on the continent hog the limelight more than the people who matter – being the players. In some cases, administrators earn more than soccer players and politicians have not helped matters by allocating lesser resources to soccer. We are far behind countries such as Brazil that in the ‘50s invested in the revered soccer shrine the Maracana stadium that is to soccer fans what Mecca is to Muslims. Our football is stuck in a time warp due to a moribund leadership out of touch with reality. Bickering, egoism, mismanagement and the lack of vision among sports administrators have contributed to the decline of football in Africa. Football administrators have dis- and one can deduce they seem too preoccupied with self-saving schemes. Football on the African continent has had few triumphs and now trails that of Asia in terms of stars and stadia. an African side would lift the World Cup before the end of the 20 th century but so far this has been a deferred dream. This piece was originally written for social media. Chrispin Inambao: Editor of New Era Newspaper

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