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Capricorn Group continues to equip managers

Capricorn Group continues to equip managers

On Monday, 14 October 2019, Capricorn Group, Bank Windhoek’s holding company, launched its third seven-month Management Development Programme (MDP), in partnership with University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). A tailor-made management programme, the MDP is aimed at empowering middle management employees, with the purpose of equipping them with the requisite skills and knowledge to navigate the complexity within competitive business and social environments. With 30 staff as participants, the MDP brings together middle management bands from all Capricorn Group entities from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. In welcoming the new group, Claire Hobbs, Chief Treasurer at Bank Windhoek said: “Focus on your wisdom - make wise decisions by considering people, process, technology and risk, despite ambiguity. Talk directly to people, in this case your team members with whom you have a concern to avoid misunderstandings. Be an example of what is possible. Challenge your own limits by being willing...
Bank Windhoek celebrates Customer Service Week

Bank Windhoek celebrates Customer Service Week

Bank Windhoek executives joined the rest of the world in paying homage to customers and frontline staff in recognition of the International Customer Service Week held annually in October. The initiative, aimed at enhancing positive customer experience, kicked off on Monday, 7 October and concluded on Friday, 11 October 2019. Themed Magical Moments, this year’s event focused on reminding customers of Bank Windhoek’s commitment to customer satisfaction and service excellence. Branches and departments also nominated colleagues who excel in various areas of the Bank’s customer centricity approach. Bank Windhoek executives visited branches as they engaged with customers and observed how they were being serviced by the Bank’s staff. Bank Windhoek’s Managing Director, Baronice Hans, visited the Bank’s Omaruru Branch. “As a customer-centric organisation, this week allows Bank Windhoek to actively engage with our customers. Positive and strong relationships with our customers remain a key strategic imperative and this initiative shows...
Johny Smith awarded lifetime achiever

Johny Smith awarded lifetime achiever

Johny M. Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of TransNamib was named the Lifetime Achiever for the SADC South- 2019/20 at the Pan African Awards ceremony hosted by hosted by Titans on 23 August 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award is focused at celebrating excellence in organizations and in recognition of his achievements as a lifetime achiever in the sector of CEO Global’s Titans: Building Nations. This is not the first time that Smith has received similar accolades. In 2016, he was named Africa’s Transport Leader of the year and in 2014 he was named Africa’s Logistics CEO of the year. The award was obtained after a competitive vetting process, which are the leading Pan African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers various economic sectors and has for close to two decades independently recognized those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their...
Trip Travel NAMAs top winner to Thailand

Trip Travel NAMAs top winner to Thailand

As part of her NAMA2019 winnings, Lize Ehlers and partner will be lucky winners for a fully-paid trap to Thailand courtesy of NAMAs sponsor Trip Travel Namibia. The travel agency on Tuesday honored their debut NAMAs sponsorship to the 2019 NAMA Artist of the Year. Ehlers, who gave a stunning performance at this year’s NAMA dedicated to the ending of Gender-based Violence walked away with the Best House, Best Female and the big award of Artist of the Year awards on the evening in Swakopmund. Receiving her travelling prize at the event this week, the Mariental-born philanthropist and socially conscious artist could not hide her excitement saying the prize came at a perfect time, an opportunity she and her husband cannot wait to experience. “This is a fantastic addition to the NAMAs that will surely give artist a different experience. What a beautiful prize to give someone memories instead of...
Act of Kindness towards Happy House Kindergarten

Act of Kindness towards Happy House Kindergarten

FNB Namibia’s Windhoek Central Area Office recently donated a gas stove and food items for the feeding programme at the Happy House Kindergarten, situated in Otjomuise. Employees also handed over blankets, mattresses, stationery, books as well as chairs and whiteboards. Brian Kandanga, Area Sales & Service Manager, Windhoek Central Area Office, FNB Namibia: “There is no greater feeling than putting a smile on those who truly need a helping hand.” Helen Bougard, Principal of Happy House, who takes care of 25 children and receives little to no assistance from the parents, was ecstatic with the donations from FNB Namibia. “It is not always easy. Our biggest challenge is the learning environment space – sometimes the children cannot fit in the classroom. I’ve been thinking of closing down the school. But I believe God sent you our way at the right time.” FirstRand’s “111 Random Acts of Kindness” was introduced in...
The Class of 2020 from 13 countries start their first day

The Class of 2020 from 13 countries start their first day

MultiChoice Talent Factory Academies in East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa open their doors for year two! Hot on the heels of the graduating class of 2019, the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academies in Luaka, Nairobi and Lagos are buzzing with excitement as the class of 2020 sit for their first day in class.  The 60 students from 13 countries were chosen after a month-long process which shortlisted candidates from thousands of entries. This year’s applicants were put through a rigorous interview and adjudication process by a group of leading film and television industry experts and the regional Academy Directors and represent the very best in young talent from across the region. The 60 new students start the academic year with an orientation programme in partnership with the University of Zambia, Kenyatta University in Kenya, Pan-Atlantic University in Nigeria and the Henley Business School. These academic partners have been onboard...
Bank Windhoek enhances customer experience with new Lifestyle Branch

Bank Windhoek enhances customer experience with new Lifestyle Branch

On Monday, 7 October 2019, Bank Windhoek officially inaugurated its new Lifestyle Branch situated at the Pupkewitz Megabuild Lifestyle Centre in Windhoek’s Kleine Kuppe suburb. The new Branch, which includes Bank Windhoek’s new look and feel, aims to offer customers an enhanced banking experience in line with the Bank’s brand identity. “As a customer centric organisation, Bank Windhoek’s efforts are focused on bridging the needs of customers by making banking services accessible. With 56 branches and agencies across the country, relationships and one-on-one contact with our customers remain a key strategic imperative and memorable occasions like the opening of this Branch signifies our drive to realise this in so many ways,” said Bank Windhoek’s Managing Director, Baronice Hans. The Mayor of the City of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua, who officiated the opening said: “Congratulations Bank Windhoek for launching this new approach in banking and for allowing banking to be a more...
Nedbank Cashout Service Expands Countrywide

Nedbank Cashout Service Expands Countrywide

Nedbank announced that its Cashout Point-Of-Sales service has expanded significantly from a few initial stores to more than 120 stores countrywide, including Woerman & Brock stores featuring red logos, Pick ‘n Pay stores as well as a select number of smaller stores. Added to the ATM and branch network, Cashout has increased Nedbank’s cash withdrawal footprint across Namibia considerably to more than 180. “Expanding our Cashout footprint is in line with our digital first strategy and our vision of doing things differently,” says Nedbank Executive for Retail and Business Banking, Richard Meeks. “As opposed to building and installing more ATMs, we are leveraging our technology to enable customers get their money at more convenient locations. Instead of standing in a queue at an ATM, customers now have the option to get their cash directly in-store,” he said. Nedbank Namibia was the first commercial bank to go to market with Cashout,...
Bank Windhoek Feedmaster National Cattle Judging Competition concludes

Bank Windhoek Feedmaster National Cattle Judging Competition concludes

Leonise Human, a 17-year-old learner from Gobabis Gymansium, surprised judges in the Bank Windhoek  Feedmaster National Cattle Judging Competition when she scored a stunning 98percent in the judging of male and female simmentaler breeds at the conclusion of the competition hosted last week at the Windhoek Agricultural and Industrial Show. A first for Africa, the Bank Windhoek Feedmaster National Cattle Judging Competition, awarded Human with a N$30 000 prize, while Henry Mudge Jnr and Juri Krafft, who scooped up second and third prize, won N$20 000 and N$10 000 respectively. The prizes will go to the winning learner’s school fees and other necessities they will need in terms of their educational expenses. Bank Windhoek in collaboration with Feedmaster and the winning learner’s schools will administer the distribution of the money on behalf of the learners. “We were stunned by Leonise’s aptitude in placing both the cows and the bulls in...
Bank of Namibia supports the “MTC knockout project” against Gender-based violence

Bank of Namibia supports the “MTC knockout project” against Gender-based violence

The Bank of Namibia has joined the “MTC Knockout Project”, an initiative aimed at eliminating gender-based violence from society. The Bank’s support comes in the form of sponsoring the participation of its Super Eagle, Mr. Sam SHIVUTE, with an amount of N$50,000.00. The sponsored amount will be donated towards a gender-based violence charity organisation to be chosen to help in the fight against gender-based violence. Mr. SHIVUTE, Director of Banking Services at the Bank, and a well-known motivational speaker and transformational coach will participate in the exhibition style boxing match against MAX-T, a radio personality and presenter. The event is scheduled for 12 October 2019 at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort. Handing-over the sponsorship, the Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Mr. Iipumbu Shiimi, stated that: “as an entity playing a part in ensuring economic stability, we support all causes geared towards ensuring social stability and peaceful co-existence amongst...
MTC to send eight Namibians to Rugby World Cup

MTC to send eight Namibians to Rugby World Cup

The Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) will be sending eight people to Tokyo, Japan, to watch the Rugby World Cup encounter between Namibia and New Zealand on Sunday. The group, which is set to depart from Windhoek on Wednesday and return on 09 October, will also have a meet and greet session with the Namibian rugby squad beforehand. During the media conference on Tuesday, MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo suggested jokingly that the national rugby team’s losing streak at the world cup is a result of the low support and turn-out and therefore MTC is sending four winners and their partners as reinforcement to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan to amend this. “Hopefully, your presence will make a big difference when they see a big contingent of Namibians coming to support the team,” Ekandjo said. Namibia lost their first two matches at the 2019...
Nedbank donates N.dollars 50 000 to Wilderness Therapy Namibia

Nedbank donates N.dollars 50 000 to Wilderness Therapy Namibia

Nedbank Namibia’s policy as a corporate citizen is aligned with the definition of sustainable development by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the bank’s Chief Financial Officer, JG van Graan, has said. Speaking at the handing over of a N.dollars 50 000 donation by Nedbank to Wilderness Therapy Namibia (WTN) in the capital on Tuesday, Van Graan explained that their approach is characterised by staff volunteerism, as opposed to simply dispensing funds. “By forming partnerships, we learn more from every project, we learn from successes as much as we learn from failures and these lessons drive constant refinements to our criteria for support,” he said. Speaking at the same event, Wilderness Therapy Namibia representative Ben Dalton noted that WTN strives to empower the youth of Namibia with not only skills, but also with values to grow into healthy and worthy citizens. “Our approach is positive development of our youth...
GIPF celebrates 30 years in existence

GIPF celebrates 30 years in existence

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) is excited to announce the celebration of its 30 years in existence. In celebration of this milestone, GIPF will embark on an extensive Information campaign for its members, sharing vital information about the Fund and highlighting its achievements. The campaign will run from 01 October 2019 to 30 October 2019. “GIPF was established in 1989 with a great team of individuals who grew from a staff compliment of 2 employees to 244 employees who relentlessly worked in building one of the few fully funded pension funds in Africa that have enough funds to cover its liabilities. The past decade saw GIPF’s assets grow from N$6 894 084 billion in 1999 to the current status of over N$116 billion in 2019.”, said David Nuyoma, Chief Executive officer and Principal officer of the GIPF. The campaign will highlight several milestones the Fund has achieved over the...
Agra creates a home away from home for state patients

Agra creates a home away from home for state patients

The Agra ASIF Committee has been renovating the Oncology Family room at the Windhoek Central Hospital, for the past 4 months. On the 27th of September, the Committee handed over the renovated room to the Hospital Management. The Renovated Oncology Room, which was quite basic before, was refurnished with brand new furniture, appliances, educational books and games. Mr. Christo van Wyk, Chairperson of the Agra ASIF Fund, stated that the ASIF committee wanted the room to feel like ‘a home away from home’ for the patients when recuperating and urged the Management to safeguard the room. “Health remains one of the priority areas in Namibia. The Central Hospital Oncology Ward plays a pivotal role in providing qualified health services for its patients. The Renovation of the Oncology Family room enables patients to have a home away from home when they are recuperating. The room took approximately 4 months to complete...