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Thu 23 Oct 2014
 • SWAPO, the Namibian people love you but you continue to deceive them. What benefits is the government giving to the ordinary people of this country? Aren't foreigners in better positions than our own folks? And is it really necessary to sell land to the
 • THE suppliers of GO BLACK in Namibia are probably rushing to the banks with big smiles every day. Imagine a parliament with so many old tatekulus and their hair is still black. Time to join the black-haired elite.
 • GOVERNMENT must start doing something to legislate land prices in Namibia. These ridiculous prices are contributing to corruption. At present, I cannot afford land with my salary alone.
 • I WANT to know who is paying for Sam Nujoma's trip to the North to promote Swapo during the various star rallies? This must stop now.
 • MINISTER of Safety and Security Immanuel Ngatjizeko, can you launch an internal investigation into the events at the Otjiwarongo Police Station? Something there is very fishy.
 • MINISTER of Education David Namwandi, we need help at Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Secondary School because our principal and the superintendent of the hostel treat the pupils badly. We need your intervention, minister.
POLL
Should presidential candidates have public debates before the elections?

1. Yes, it will help us make up our minds.

2. No, it will have no effect on the outcome.

3. Maybe, but will Swapo agree this time?

4. No one cares!


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FRONT PAGE | 2010-01-07
Lake Oponona a lifeline in the North
ABSALOM SHIGWEDHA
MANY tourists to the north-central parts of Namibia are mainly heading to well-known sites such as the Nakambale Museum at Olukonda, Lake Oshikoto or the Ruacana Falls on the Kunene River.
However, it is not always these sites that will leave the strongest impression on those who visit northern Namibia.
About 60 km south of Oshakati lies a massive lake called Oponona, the largest water body in the Cuvelai drainage system.
Travellers trying to drive around the lake over the festive season gave up because it is so huge.
While Tanzania's much-talked-about Lake Natron and Lake Manyara had already dried up by October 2009, Lake Oponona is still full of water from last season's rainfall, with a lot of migratory water birds creating an unforgettable tourist attraction.
Government, with the support of the local traditional leaders, has banned fishing with nets in Lake Oponona as this could lead to over-utilisation of the lake.
Local people still catch fish with lines, though.
When The Namibian visited the lake on a surprisingly cold December morning, a man was in the cold water fishing and sold the reporter two big fish for N$10.
Knob-billed ducks and Cape teals were enjoying a swim on the lake, while grey herons and egrets were feeding on the lake's eastern shores.
'This lake has the potential of attracting tourists to this area,' local cattle herder Absalom Shaanika said.
Lake Oponona is a good site for bird watching, recreational fishing and water sports. Because the lake holds water for a long time, flamingos and other water birds migrate there when oshanas, swamps and other wetlands dry up.
The lake is of critical importance to the local population, who depend on subsistence farming and fishing.
Tourists could also visit nearby cattle posts and see cattle herders milking cows and making butter the traditional way.
Local storyteller Alweendo lwIitenge, also known as Mbezi Nkwaya, lives just a stone's throw from the lake. Visiting him would be a good opportunity for visitors to hear about the history of the lake and surrounding areas.
Nkawaya is the first Headman of Oponona, as he was one of the first people to put up a homestead there decades ago.
The biggest environmental problem at Lake Oponona is illegal fishing and hunting of water birds for meat.
Evaristo Nghilai, a conservation scientist in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism based at Ongwediva, says it is difficult to prevent people from fishing illegally in the lake, as some do it at night and the long distance on a sandy road to the lake is hampering the Ministry's efforts.
Situated about 70 km north of the Etosha National Park, Lake Oponona is the source of the Ekuma River, which intermittently flows into the park's Etosha Pan, sustaining the animals that congregate there.

         


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