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A battle of the Wordsmiths

A battle of the Wordsmiths

Language is a very important part of everyday life. It impacts the daily lives of members of any race, creed, and region of the world. Language helps express our feelings, desires, and queries to the world around us. Sanlam in collaboration with the University of Namibia hosted the third tertiary level spelling bee known as the Sanlam Unam Spelling Bee this past weekend. This initiative was initiated with the aim of providing a platform for students to practise and expand their English language vocabulary and usage by exposing them to “difficult” words through this type of competitions. This year 44 students from the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the International University of Management (IUM) participated in the competition. It was a tough battle for the title of “2019 Sanlam Unam Spelling Bee champion” but after multiple rounds and a knock out stage, Martha Mungolo from the Unam emerged as the...
Liberty helps kids with cancer

Liberty helps kids with cancer

Liberty Life Namibia and its staff, as well as the staff of Standard Insurance Brokers Namibia, were involved in collecting blankets for the CHICA (Children Fighting Cancer in Namibia) programme of the Cancer Association of Namibia. The total donation was then matched as an institution with Liberty branded blankets, and blankets collected from Standard Insurance Brokers in Namibia. “These children have to deal with this disease and then they need to leave the comfort of their homes to receive treatment in Windhoek. So, perhaps in a small way we could make it a bit brighter for them through this donation.” Said Mrs Monique Cloete, Liberty Life Namibia. Project background: “Liberty Life Namibia and its staff, as well as the staff of Standard Insurance Brokers Namibia, were involved in collecting blankets for children fighting cancer. The total donation was then matched as an institution with Liberty branded blankets, and blankets collected...
Agra helping communities survive the harsh winter

Agra helping communities survive the harsh winter

Agra through the Agra Staff Initiative Fund (ASIF) has been giving back to the vulnerable communities the past winter. The project that commenced beginning of June served as a countrywide practice, where vulnerable members of the community as well as various organisations received donations in the form of blankets, food items and basic necessities. The ASIF Fund was established and is sustained with donations from compassionate Agra employees who feel strongly about making a difference in the Namibian community. The winter drive is one of ASIF’s initiatives whereby Agra staff members countrywide give back to their respective communities. The ASIF Fund’s Chairperson, Mr Christo van Wyk, stated that it is imperative that we remember the vulnerable during winter. “It is our responsibility as Corporates to take care of the people in the communities in which we operate and that is why the ASIF Fund availed an amount of approximately N$...
Bank Windhoek and IFC introduce complimentary green building software

Bank Windhoek and IFC introduce complimentary green building software

On Thursday, 15 August 2019, Bank Windhoek and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) jointly introduced the free to use EDGE (“Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies”) green building certification system for emerging markets to its clients and stakeholders in the construction industry. Developed and created by the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE is a measureable way for builders to optimise their designs, leading to a more investment-worthy and marketable product. The session also highlighted Bank Windhoek’s Green Bond as a sustainable form of financing to finance projects that meet EDGE certification. The longstanding partnership between the IFC and Bank Windhoek reached new heights in December 2018 when the parties collaborated to develop the Bank’s Green Bond Framework for the Green Bond. The Bank obtained additional sources of funding for its green lending activities by raising funds in the debt market through a local Green Bond issuance,...
Buy-A-Brick Initiative hands over N.dollars 13 million to construct 380 houses

Buy-A-Brick Initiative hands over N.dollars 13 million to construct 380 houses

The Buy-a-Brick Initiative has handed over N$ 13 million to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) to enable the construction of 380 houses for lowincome families next year. The hand-over took place at Okongo in the Ohangwena Region on Thursday where 20 families also received keys to their houses that were constructed through the Buy-a-Brick Initiative. A further ten houses were also handed over to beneficiaries at Helao Nafidi Town on Friday. Standard Bank’s Chief Executive, Vetumbuavi Mungunda handed the funds to the deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen who in turn handed it over to the Shack Dwellers Federation. The N$ 13 million was raised through contributions by various corporates as well as staff of Standard Bank to build houses for houses low-income groups who are organized under the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia in various parts of the country. Speaking at the hand-over of...
Ongos Valley Groundbreaking

Ongos Valley Groundbreaking

On Wednesday, 14 August 2019, His Excellency Dr. Nangolo Mbumba, Vice President of the Republic of Namibia officiated at the Ongos Valley project groundbreaking in the presence of various stakeholders involved in Namibia’s housing and land delivery market. Invited guests included Hon. Laura Macleod-Katjirua, Governor: Khomas Region, His Worship, the Mayor of Windhoek, Cclr Muezee Kazapua, Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Natanguee Ithete and Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Veiko Nekundi. Ongos Valley is an exciting new housing development poised to change the face of Windhoek’s residential landscape. Located only a few kilometers from the CBD, Ongos Valley will become a self-sustaining residential and commercial centre for civil servants, young professionals and hardworking Namibians. Phase 1 of Ongos Valley will introduce over 4500 housing units and supporting infrastructure at a value of N$4.3 Billion. A first of its kind, this project will create over 10 000 employment opportunities over...
Auas Valley Shopping Mall gives back

Auas Valley Shopping Mall gives back

The Auas Valley Shopping Mall hosted a Late Night Shopping Event, at which N$11 150 was raised towards a charity organisation. The donation was presented in the form of groceries to the Orlindi Orphanage, located in Donkerhoek Windhoek, by the Auas Valley Management Team on Tuesday the 30th of July 2019. On the evening of the Late Night Shopping Event a Potjie’tjie Competition and a Wine Tasting was held, from which the donated funds were raised. The Corporate teams that made this gesture of goodwill possible were Waltons, Agra Windhoek, FNB, Future Media, Hartlief, WordPress, SafariDen, Soup-A Stars, The Namibian and Nouveau Wines. The Orlindi Orphanage which is a place of safety was established in 1995 by Claudia Namises. The orphanage currently houses between 28 and 35 disadvantaged girls and boys, aged between 0 and 18 years. The Orphanage aims to prepare the children for their future life, to procure...
Bank Windhoek helps arts students master business skills

Bank Windhoek helps arts students master business skills

A new performing arts group called ‘Vague’ were the winners of a talent show held after a three-day arts entrepreneurship workshop hosted by Bank Windhoek and the College of the Arts (COTA). The workshop was aimed at assisting art students to develop skills needed to build their careers as entrepreneurs. Vague is a quartet of first-year students majoring in performing arts. They were crowned the overall winners of the talent show held at the end of the workshop last Friday at COTA’s main campus in Windhoek. A media statement issued by the bank on Wednesday said Vague specialises in a variety of dance genres. Bank Windhoek’s Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communications Service, Jacquiline Pack said the bank is a leader in the development of the arts in Namibia and supports various initiatives of artistic expression and the invaluable contribution it makes to society. “As a bank firmly rooted...
Standard Bank launches Buy-a-Brick A Cappella Music Fest

Standard Bank launches Buy-a-Brick A Cappella Music Fest

Standard Bank Namibia launched its Buy-a-Brick A Cappella Music Fest in the capital on Tuesday. The project is aimed at supporting the Buy-a-Brick initiative by raising funds to address the housing needs of low-income communities living in informal settlements. Speaking during the event on Tuesday, Standard Bank Namibia Marketing Manager, Sindano Nekundi said there are more than half a million Namibians who live in shacks or other informal structures and are thus in need of proper housing. “We know that the government alone cannot address the housing needs and that is where we as citizens must play a complementary role,” he said. He said this music festival and other initiatives around the Buy-a-Brick project, affords Namibians a chance to address one of the biggest social challenges in the country. “The funds generated through the ticket sales will be distributed to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) who are directly...
Bank Windhoek donates laptops to Omaheke Regional Library

Bank Windhoek donates laptops to Omaheke Regional Library

Bank Windhoek recently donated laptops to the Omaheke Regional Library in Gobabis. According to a media statement issued Tuesday, the library was built with funds received from the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), an agency of the United States of America aimed at reducing poverty through economic growth in the education, tourism and agriculture sectors. During the handover, Bank Windhoek Head of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and Sponsorship, Bronwyn Moody encouraged the learners and students of the Omaheke Region to take the opportunity and use the laptops to equip themselves with knowledge that will assist them in furthering their education. “This is our gift to you because we believe in adding value in the communities we operate in, especially in the areas of education,” she said. The library is one of three regional libraries in the country and serves as an information hub and resource centre for the Omaheke Region.
Bank Windhoek supports UNAMs Chancellors Charity Golf Day

Bank Windhoek supports UNAMs Chancellors Charity Golf Day

Bank Windhoek will this year join other corporates in support of the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Chancellor’s Charity Golf Day event, scheduled to take place on Friday, 16 August 2019 at the Windhoek Country Club Resort. Organised by the UNAM Foundation, the annual fund raising occasion brings together golfers from the private and public sectors for a day of networking for a good cause. The funds raised goes to the Student Hardship Fund, a non-discretionary trust that assists qualifying UNAM students who are faced with unexpected financial difficulties to complete their studies. “The current economic climate that Namibia finds itself in has far-reaching and often devastating consequences to low-income and marginalised families, whose difficulties are further compounded by retrenchment and unemployment. This situation can only be reversed by enhancing human resource capacity and skills. Indeed, the equalising power of education cannot be emphasised enough,” said UNAM’s Foundation Director, Lorna Mbwale....
Standard Bank Chief Executive hails Biomass and Technology Expo

Standard Bank Chief Executive hails Biomass and Technology Expo

Standard Bank Chief Executive, Vetumbuavi Mungunda has hailed the just-ended Biomass and Technology Expo, saying it helps to develop technologies that can be applied for better use of rangeland and productivity of farming communities in Namibia. The Biomass and Technology Expo took place on Friday, at Otjiwa Safari Lodge, 40 kilometres outside Otjiwarongo and attracted over 50 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors, mainly established and emerging farmers. Standard Bank was the main sponsor of the Expo. Since farming is the main source of livelihood for over 60 to 70% of Namibians, Mungunda said it was important to strengthen and increase the productivity of farmland, which could lead to improved livelihoods, and reduction of poverty in rural areas. “Having events like this one helps to make sure that, as a country, we have an opportunity to look into the technology that can be made available for better utilization and harvesting but...
Trans Namib Rails First Shipment Of Manganese

Trans Namib Rails First Shipment Of Manganese

A milestone has been achieved with TransNamib moving the first shipment of Northern Cape manganese from Ariamsvlei to Luderitz on the 02 August 2019. The train departed Ariamsvlei on Thursday 01 August 2019 and arrived at the port of Luderitz and the cargo consisiting of 520 tons were offloaded Saturday, 03 August 2019. This is the first major movement of cargo on this route, especially after the rehabilitation and upgrade of the railway line between Aus and Luderitz, which has not been operational for more than 20 years since 1998. TradePort Namibia, approached TransNamib in 2018  to start shipping their bulk manganese originating from the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, by rail through the Port of Luderitz, for export to various overseas markets. This is part of the solution to provide the required Pit-to-Port logistics solution and gave an undertaking to provide a minimum of 30,000 metric tons of...
NBSL hosts first ever basketball festival

NBSL hosts first ever basketball festival

The Namibia Basketball School League (NBSL) recently hosted the first ever basketball festival this weekend on Saturday, 10th August 2019. The festival which took place at the Basketball Artists School (BAS), looked at bringing together the basketball community. This is players of all ages as well as parents. The days festivities started off with a Parent-Player basketball for life fun day. Parents joined in on team-based activities that were setup to teach inclusion and team work. A set of Sport2Life life skills activities started off the morning and ended with a small tournament of which the parents and players were mixed. The day continued with a 3X3 tournament for u15 boys and girls who battled it out for prizes worth N$ 1000.00. Teams from the Northern part of the country also came through to take part in the competition. These players are from the Oshana Basketball School (OBS) who were...