Lihongo lived a life of hard work and sacrifice: Mbumba


President Nangolo Mbumba said the late Reverend Asser Kazumba Lihongo lived an admirable life defined by

hard-work, sacrifice and dedication.

Lihongo, a veteran of the liberation struggle was buried at the Mupini Cemetery in the Kavango West Region on Saturday, after he died on 10 June at the Rundu State Hospital at the age of 92.

Mbumba conferred him with an Official Funeral.

In his statement read on his behalf by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Peya Mushelenga, Mbumba said Lihongo significantly contributed to the progress of the religious fraternity and the Namibian Liberation Struggle.

‘Reverend Lihongo’s contribution extended far beyond the church walls. He served as a PLAN fighter, providing vital intelligence and support to SWAPO. He was arrested countless times alongside other veterans like Amos Kanime, Jaakko Kangayi, Herson Nghilindilwa, and many others,’ Mbumba said.

Lihongo, a theologian, studied bible translation in England and South Africa was responsible for tra
nslating the bible into Rukwangali.

He also worked as a teacher and served as a parish pastor. In 1965, he was ordained as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) pastor.

He is survived by a daughter.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Transnet institutes disciplinary action against TNPA Chief Executive


State ports and freight logistics company Transnet has instituted disciplinary action against Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Chief Executive Pepi Silinga and some managers following investigations at the company.

Transnet had appointed Bowmans attorneys to investigate what it described as allegations of impropriety at TNPA.

‘Transnet also appointed Bowmans to assist with implementing the recommendations of a forensic report by Fundudzi Investigators which considered the award of a tender for the multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Ngqura,’ Transnet said in a statement.

The state-owned company said investigations have now been completed.

‘In a meeting held on 21 June 2024 and based on legal advice and the recommendations from the investigations, Transnet’s Board of Directors and the TNPA Board agreed to issue disciplinary charges against TNPA Chief Executive Mr Pepi Silinga.

‘On the same day, Transnet also instituted disciplinary charges against managers implicated in the Fundudzi report and o
ther managers at TNPA implicated in acts of impropriety. External independent chairpersons have been appointed to chair all disciplinary proceedings.

‘Transnet will ensure this matter is dealt with swiftly and with the necessary sensitivity. Any further updates will be communicated in due course,’ a statement said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Treasury issues MTEF technical guidelines


National Treasury (NT) has issued the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Technical Guidelines for 2025.

The guidelines are issued to assist departments at both national government and other state institutions to prepare medium term estimates for 2025 budget.

National Treasury said the 2024 Budget sought to balance stabilising ‘public finances and reduce fiscal and economic risks while promoting economic growth and supporting vulnerable members of society’.

‘The 2025 Budget will see a debt-stabilising primary surplus achieved in 2025/26, a reduction in the fiscal deficit to pre-COVID-19 levels, and a stabilisation of debt-service costs as a percentage of revenue. A lower debt burden allows the government to redirect resources to important social expenditure and will lower borrowing costs for households and businesses.

‘Resources will be available only within the parameters required to meet the objectives of the medium-term fiscal strategy as outlined in the 2024 Budget Review. In this regard, should
the economic outlook remain the same, no additions will be made to the overall envelope. In instances where spending may be accommodated by unforeseen or higher-than-expected revenues, permanent increases to spending will be avoided,’ Treasury said in a statement.

It added that spending institutions and government department pressures must be ‘funded from current baselines and programmes that have not delivered their expected outcomes, or through reprioritisation, either within the department’s or public entity’s budget, or from other departments’ or public entities’ budgets’.

The department added that government was seized with enhancing ‘fiscal credibility and ensure continued transparency and accountability in the management of public finances’.

‘The National Treasury has recognised the need for a comprehensive review of the budget process with the objective to identify and implement reforms that will enhance the efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness of the budget process.

‘These guidelines are i
ssued while the review is at its initial stages, and it is anticipated that implementation will begin in the 2026 MTEF,’ Treasury said.

The department emphasised that while the new administration ‘bring its own perspectives and policies’, in the meanwhile, ‘it is crucial to maintain the current fiscal strategy, which aims to stabilise public finances, and ensure sustainable and inclusive economic growth’.

‘The current fiscal strategy includes a reconfiguration of the Budget Facility for Infrastructure (BFI) to further expand the pipeline of projects and to test alternative financing and funding models separate from the normal budget process.

‘The intention is to use government’s resources more efficiently to leverage financing from the private sector, as well as development and international finance institutions. In this way, limited public resources can catalyse more funding, capacity and capability to fast-track infrastructure provision and improve its effectiveness,’ Treasury said.

Source: South Afric
an Government News Agency

Men’s Beach Handball World Championships: Tunisia finish 11th


Tunis: Tunisia’s beach handball finished 11th at the Men’s Beach Handball World Championships, after defeating host country China 2-0 (15-14, 26-20) at a placement game, played on Sunday.

Tunisia had defeated Porto Rico (2-0) and conceded defeat to Qatar (1-2) in the other placement games.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia’s soccer Cup 2023-2024 (Quarter final): S.Tunisien through to semin-finals


Tunis: Stade Tunisien qualified for the semi-finals of the 2023-2024 Tunisian soccer Cup, after defeating Etoile du Sahel 4-2 after extra time (2-2 at the end of regular time) in a quarter-final game played on Sunday in Sousse.

Quarter-finals:

Sunday:

Sousse :

Etoile du Sahel 2 Louay Ben Hassine (44), Hamza Jelassi (69)

Stade Tunisien 4 Haythem Jouini (3 and 100), Hamza Ben Abda (50), Fraj Ben Njima (94 csc)

Already played:

Saturday

Zouiten:

Olympique Béja 3 Aly Desse Sissoko (66), Rabii Homri (95), Bonheur Mugisha (93 csc)

AS Marsa 2 Wissem Bousnina (79), Omar Traidi (89 pen.)

Friday:

Bizerte:

CA Bizertin 1 Alaeddine Bouallagui 129th (pen.)

SC Ben Arous 0

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia’s Cup 2023-2024 (Quarter-finals): C. Africain qualify for semi-finals


Tunis: Club Africain booked their place in the semi-finals of the Tunisian soccer Cup (2023-2024), after defeating US Monastir 2-1 in the last quarter-final at the Ben Jannet stadium in Monastir on Sunday evening.

Club Africain opened the scoring in the 29th minute through Houssem Souissi before US Monastir equalised four minutes later through Chiheb Jebali (33′).

The Tunis Club were reduced to 10 men in the second half after Ameur Omrani was sent off in the 59th-minute dismissal, but Bassem Srarfi’s 76th-minute strike saw them through.

The Red and Whites now join Stade Tunisien, O. Beja and CA Bizertin in the semi-final.

Stade Tunisien had booked their place earlier in the afternoon by defeating Etoile du Sahel 4-2 after extra time (2-2 after regular time) in Sousse.

The goals came from Haythem Jouini, who scored twice (3′ and 10′), Hamza Ben Abda (50′) and Fraj Ben Njima (94 og) for Stade Tunisien, and Louay Ben Hassine (44′) and Hamza Jelassi (69′) for Etoile.

CA Bizertin and Olympique de Beja, the h
olders, eliminated SC Ben Arous in Bizerte on Friday (1-0 aet) and AS Marsa in Zouiten on Saturday (3-2 aet).

The draw for the semi-finals will take place on Sunday night Watania 1 TV during the Dimanche Sport programme.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia’s soccer Cup – semi-final draw: O. Beja vs Stade Tunisien and CA Bizertin vs C. Africain


Tunis: O Beja will play Stade Tunisien and CA Bizertin will meet Club Africain in the semi-finals of the Tunisian soccer Cup, according to the draw made on Sunday on Watania 1’s Dimanche Sport programme.

Both matches will be played on Wednesday, June 26 at a venue to be announced soon for O. Beja’s game against Stade Tunisien, while CA Bizertin will take on Club Africain in Bizerte.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse