WINDHOEK – The Head of the NAMIBIA Mental Health Unit has called on society to treat mental illnesses like any other health problems, because that is what they are.

HILEN NDJABA says mental illnesses are treatable and patients can continue to function in their daily lives the same way other people with problems like heart diseases and diabetes can.

She says the rest of society, especially employers and workers, should learn to respect people suffering from mental complications in order to remove the current misconceptions.

DR NDJABA says many people are reluctant to disclose their mental medical reports to their bosses for fear of losing their jobs.

She says employers, in fact, do not want to take employees back once they produce records of mental illness, which is why people are scared to admit they need help and seek treatment.

On the other hand, DR NDJABA says the patients also plead with their doctors to write anything else on their medical certificates, except a mental illness condition.

She says companies should put in place initiatives to promote mental health care and support for workers with such disorders, instead of sending them home or victimising them.

Medical authorities say mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behaviour, or a combination of them.

They say mental illnesses are common conditions associated with distress and/or problems functioning in family, work or social activities, and they do not discriminate.

Anyone can suffer from the diseases regardless of age, gender, income, social status, race or ethnicity, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity.

The illnesses can occur at any age, but 75 percent of all mental cases begin by age 24 – and they take many forms, some being fairly-mild and only interfering in limited ways with daily life, like certain phobias or abnormal fears.

However, a number of other mental health conditions are so severe that a person may need care in a hospital; yet they can all be treated.

NBC News gives an example of LUKAS AMAKALI, a bank employee who the broadcaster says has proven a person with mental illness can be as productive as anyone else can.

Mr AMAKALI had ONE of the common illnesses, Bipolar Disorder, involving episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs, which diagnosed 22 years ago.
They admitted him into a Mental Health Unit for ONE, after which he returned to his job at the bank and has since spent many years of service.

The NAMIBIAN bank worker says it is not easy to deal with mental illness when the rest of society judges and isolates you./Sabanews/cam

Mental illnesses can attack anyone any time


VICTORIA – President DANNY FAURE of SEYCHELLES has met with the IMF Executive Director for the ASIA and PACIFIC constituencies and small island states.

State radio, SBC News says HEENAM CHOI has paid a courtesy call on President FAURE at State House in the capital, VICTORIA.

It says discussions between the Head of State and the IMF boss have touched on ways to ensure equal distribution of the national wealth to the population.

They have also talked about means by which the IMF can help SEYCHELLES regarding the issue of de-risking, amid reports saying international banks are cutting off their correspondent relationships with the SADC country.

Economic experts say de-risking, especially in a business context, means taking steps to make something less risky or less likely to involve a financial loss.

Mr CHOI has emphasised on the importance for countries to have sound and regulatory systems on anti-money laundering and safety issues, which he says might be ONE of the major IMF roles.

He says the SECOND role the world body can play is to strengthen dialogue with international rule setters like the EIS and the FSB.

The IMF Executive Director for the ASIA and PACIFIC constituencies and small island states says through dialogues, like the one he has held with the SEYCHELLES Leader, the IMF raises the de-risking issues.


RUNDU – NAMIBIA has held its national independence celebrations in the northern KAVANGO EAST Region for the FIRST time since the end of apartheid in MARCH 1990.

State radio, NBC News says thousands of NAMIBIANS flocked to the RUNDU Sports Stadium to commemorate 27 years of freedom.

It says former Presidents SAM NUJOMA and HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA have also joined other dignitaries at the event, where President HAGE GEINGOB has addressed delegates.

The Head of State has commended the leadership of the KAVANGO EAST and WEST regions for organising an outstanding event.

President GEINGOB has condemned people who had campaigned for a national boycott of the celebrations, who he accuses of trying to disturb the peace and progress of the SADC State.

He says the principle of HARAMBEE means peace and will continue to promote one-ness of mind and effort amongst the people; and unity will safeguard national sovereignty.

President GEINGOB also says after 27 years of peace and freedom, the overriding feeling all NAMIBIANS should have when celebrating should be of gratitude; and the government has managed to maintain peace and promote unity despite many challenges.


President GEINGOB says NAMIBIA was born 27 years ago, into freedom and sovereignty – with the legal right to determine its own destiny; yet some people are keen to boycott their own achievements of national reconciliation, freedom of movement, and of speech.

The Head of State emphasises national unity has been a key contributing factor to the prevailing peace, and the narrative of ONE NAMIBIA, ONE NATION, emphasises the importance of such a desire.


The process to appoint an interim the SOUTH AFRICAN Broadcasting Corporation, SABC Board will now begin in earnest.

SABC News says the National Assembly adopted the report of the adhoc committee looking into the fitness of the SABC Board.

Committee Chairperson VINCENT SMITH had earlier told the House it was evident the SABC Board was set to fail from the very beginning.

Opposition DA Deputy Chief Whip MIKE WATERS says the report reads like a SHAKESPEAREAN tragedy, with Communications Minister FAITH MUTHAMBI playing Lady MACBETH, and former COO HLAUDI MOTSOENENG acting as Lord MACBETH.

The lawmaker says the Communications Minister should be fired and criminally charged for her role at the national broadcaster.

SABC News also says the National Assembly has adopted an adhoc committee report highly critical of Minister MUTHAMBI into the affairs of the SABC.

It says the UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT has voiced objections to the fact that Mr MOTSOENENG was not afforded the opportunity to reply in person.

Mr MOTSOENENG says he will seek legal advice after he was refused the right to reply and he will hold a news conference to set the record straight.
Earlier, the ECONOMIC FREEDOM FRONT said it wanted criminal charges to be laid against the people implicated in the report.

Party MP FANA MOKOENA says Minister MUTHAMBI used an illegal Memorandum of Incorporation for the running of the SABC.

The group says it recommends criminal prosecutions of corrupt individuals in the entity and, most vital, the President to fire the incompetent minister.

The SOUTH AFRICAN opposition party says it hopes the Head of State will set aside his alleged factional and self-enrichment interest and do the right thing, for once in his life.


MPAKENI – The MPUMALANGA Provincial Department of Basic Education in SOUTH AFRICA is investigating ONE of its teachers for allegations of rape.

The move comes after the teacher allegedly sexually abused TWO pupils at the MPAKENI Primary School, in yet another such sex scandal in the region.

The authorities are also probing to find out the truth about reports claiming ONE of the parents accepted money as compensation when he found out about the rape.

State radio, SABC News says a 12-year-old girl has also reported her teacher for trying to have sexual relations with her.

It quotes the child as saying the FIRST encounter was when they were doing athletics and the teacher asked her to go and sleep with him at the Grade FOUR classroom, and he would give her 450 rand.

She says she then asked him if he could not see she was very young, to which he said is it only adults who sleep; and she just ran away from him.

The SECOND time he allegedly sent her to go and put books in the staff room and he blocked her from leaving, asking her to sleep with him; but she managed to open the door and ran out crying.

SABC News says the girl reported both incidents to her grandmother, who then informed the school principal.

It quotes the grandmother as saying she is hurt because the principal called her child and the teacher into his office, and ordered the child to forgive the teacher, without even calling her to be present.

The SOUTH AFRICAN national broadcaster says the MPAKENI community went on a rampage, demanding the teacher and principal leave the school.


WINDHOEK – Finance Minister CALLE SCHLETTWEIN of NAMIBIA has been due to table the National Budget for the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year this afternoon.

State radio, NBC News says the development comes FIVE months after he revised his previous financial plan from 61-BILLION to 57-BILLION NAMIBIA dollars to reduce accumulated debt.

It says Minister SCHLETTWEIN has remained unwavering since last year, saying NAMIBIA is not broke and the government has not lost its ability to honour financial obligations.

NBC News says NAMIBIA has been facing harsh economic difficulties for some time now, and measures by Minister SCHLETTWEIN aim to strengthen growth and cut wastages.

It says as a result, he has frozen certain tenders and vacancies, while he also proposes to introduce some taxes.

The national broadcaster quotes Accountant CHANTELL HUSSELMANN as saying this year’s budget is likely to come up with measures like environmental levies and a revised Solidarity Tax.

She says the announcement of Tax Amnesty this year also has the potential to help the Government broaden its revenue collection base.

Ms HUSSELMANN says the State can broaden the tax further in the next financial year, with the removal of exemptions from a variety of categories of taxation.

The NAMIBIAN Finance Minister says his Government wants to re-design proposals for tax on wealth, to target people and organisations with high income.



WINDHOEK – Police in NAMIBIA and the Road Fund Administration are urging motorists to adhere to speed limits, saying accidents cause too much death and injury.

State radio, NBC News says the call comes after a TOYOTA pick-up collided with a truck in the northern town of RUNDU.

It says the collision caused the truck to veer off and slam into a NAMIBIA Defence Force Canteen next to the Trans-CAPRIVI Highway at the SUN CITY settlement.

The broadcaster quotes Chief Inspector JOHN NDUMBA as saying drivers should obey speed limits to avoid such accidents.

Meanwhile, the Police and the Road Fund Administration have begun held a THREE-day-long Refresher Course for traffic law enforcers in the capital, WINDHOEK.

Traffic Law Enforcement Division Head LUDWIG RALPH says the vision is to secure the safety of all road users, which depends on raising awareness related to vehicle and traffic problems.

He says other approaches discussed involve problems experienced on the roads, controlling road-user behaviour and training enforcers as well as road users about measures towards common road safety problems.

The workshop aims to reduce road traffic accidents by 10 percent every FOUR months and recruit 100 more traffic officials each year.

A similar gathering held in RUNDU Town in KAVANGO EAST Region appears to have successfully strengthened relations between the Police and the Road Fund Administration in NAMIBIA.


HARARE – The ZAMBEZI Watercourse Commission, ZAMCOM Council of Ministers is to meet tomorrow (THURSDAY) in the Western MOZAMBIQUE city of TETE.

Information, Communication and Partnerships Program Manager LEONISSAH ABWINO-MUNJOMA has revealed the information in a media statement this week.

She says the meeting of the ZAMCOM top governing body aims to provide policy guidance in promoting the joint management and development of the ZAMBEZI River Basin.

Delegates will also receive updates, approve yearly accounts, approve work plans and budgets, as well as consider recommendations from the ZAMCOM Technical Committee.

Ms MUNJOMA says the Council will take stock of what the river basin group has achieved, TWO years after the setting up of its permanent Secretariat in HARARE, ZIMBABWE.

She says the gathering in TETE comes after the ZAMCOM Technical Committee met on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY.

ZAMCOM was set up through the ZAMCOM Agreement by the EIGHT SADC riparian states sharing the ZAMBEZI River Basin.

The grouping is meant to promote and coordinate the joint management and development of the ZAMBEZI watercourse in a sustainable, climate resilient manner.

The riparian states are ANGOLA, BOTSWANA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, TANZANIA, ZAMBIA, and ZIMBABWE, which is hosting the Secretariat.

They signed the ZAMCOM Agreement in 2004 at KASANE in BOTSWANA, and the deal came into force in 2011.

The Council of Ministers is the supreme body of the group, while the Technical Committee implements policies and decisions of the Council, and the Secretariat provides technical and administrative services.

ZAMCOM has developed rules and procedures to share information on the management and development of the ZAMBEZI watercourse, which the Council of Ministers adopted in 2016.

Ms MUNJOMA says it has also developed procedures for notification of planned measures the ministers are to consider and adopt during their forthcoming meeting in MOZAMBIQUE.

The official says ZAMCOM is financed by the riparian states and a number of global partners including the DANISH Government, the GERMAN Development Agency and the World Bank.