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 • ARE we in a free country or are we just pretending to be? There are some people crying for freedom but we Namibians are denying them that. I am a born-free. Twenty-four years are not enough to start another war. Government, you are there to protect and
 • CAN someone tell this nation the grades of those 80 girls who took part in the Olufuko Festival? How many ministers, directors and other highly respected leaders in our society allowed their children to be initiated? The Namibian, just investigate five
 • IT IS the right time that NEKA advise the ‘struggle kids’ to behave. We all fought for this country but we never disturbed the leaders in their offices. Comrade Elijah Ngurare, stop behaving like a doll. The children must go home and wait for their oppo
 • I HAVE noticed something regrettable about some people (men and women) in this country. They are defaming other people’s names to get positions either in government or in parastatals. Mr President, Prime Minister, ministers and CEOs, always investigate
 • WHAT a shame on the Namibian government and its law enforcement unit, the police. The ‘struggle kids’ are not armed. Shame on the leaders. I wonder what would have happened if it was one of your daughters covered in blood like Frieda Ndatipo.
 *SHAME on you, Hage Geingob, you are now sympathising with Frieda Ndatipo’s family and fellow ‘struggle kids’ while you said the ‘struggle kids’ are not special. Were you waiting for such a fatal incident to occur before you react?
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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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