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FNB donates equipment to Otjohorongo Primary School

FNB donates equipment to Otjohorongo Primary School

FNB, through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation last week donated office equipment, in the form of a photocopier, to Otjohorongo Primary School. Otjohorongo Primary School, the Erongo region achieved a 90% pass rate in 2019 across all grades, despite numerous challenges Abiud Tjikusere, Business Relationship Manager, FNB Omaruru expressed his hope that this donation would serve to improve the teaching and learning environment at the school and ensure that learners had all they needed to excel. “The improvement of education in remote and informal areas is one of the important issues FNB is concerned with. We want to effectively work with local authorities, the government, and local communities to solve our nation’s most dire needs”, he said.
Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off 2020 officially launched

Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off 2020 officially launched

The sixth edition of the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off will take place as from 26 August 2020, with the first regional round taking place at Ongwediva. The Windhoek round will take place on 12 September and the Walvis Bay round on 26 September, while the final will take place in Windhoek on 24 October 2020, a media statement issued by Nedbank Namibia on Tuesday said. The Kapana Cook-Off started as a small local event as part of the activities held when Nedbank Namibia opened a new branch in Ongwediva in 2014. The statement said it grew in leaps and bounds as more people gravitated toward the concept, prompting the bank to roll the competition out to areas beyond where the idea for the competition had first taken hold. This year’s competition was launched in Windhoek on Friday. Nedbank’s Communications Manager, Gernot de Klerk, in the statement said the aim of the...
Auas Motors adds Suzuki to its growing family

Auas Motors adds Suzuki to its growing family

Auas Motors has welcomed Suzuki to its growing family. This was revealed in a media statement released by Nictus Holdings Limited. Auas Motors obtained the right to act as an authorized Suzuki distributor in Namibia, in addition to its existing dominance over the Isuzu and Opel brands in the country. Gerhard Vermeulen, Chief Executive Officer of Auas Motors said he was pleased to add the Suzuki franchise to the growing family, making Auas Motors a distributor of this exceptional brand. Auas Motors has been in the motor industry since 1953, starting off as an American Motors Company. The company was acquired by the Nictus Group and has over the years become a brand synonymous with quality and value. At present Auas Motors has 6 dealerships in major towns throughout the country. “This is a big responsibility for us and we will work hard to retain the trust of the Suzuki...
MTC launches MTC Rural Schools Project

MTC launches MTC Rural Schools Project

Namibia’s leading digital enabler and most admired brand continue to raise the bar in ploughing back into the community when it launched the MTC Rural School Project this morning. The project, which answers to the call to dilapidated schools that lack decent structures or have none at all will see MTC partner with the Ministry of Education, Arts & Culture and rural schools to either build new classrooms or renovate existing classrooms which are decrepit to ensure that the Namibian child learns in a conducive and safe environment. Well aware for the status quo and the dire assistance the education fraternity needs, MTC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Licky Erastus said the telco stands united in the vision of ensuring that every Namibian child is taught under a decent classroom, and this project aims to support that vision. “This is a CSI initiative and not a sponsorship. We are therefore inviting...
Onyome gets kindergarten building from NamPower Foundation

Onyome gets kindergarten building from NamPower Foundation

The NamPower Foundation on Tuesday handed over a school building which it constructed for Onakashimba Kindergarten at Onyome village in the Oshikoto Region. Situated some 32 kilometres from Ondangwa, Onakashimba Kindergarten was established in 1990 but had no formal structure, meaning the children were taught out in the open. Lucia Hiveluah, the head of the foundation which is the social investment arm of NamPower, officially inaugurated the building and handed it over to the kindergarten management in the presence of other NamPower officials and representatives of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare’s Early Childhood Development unit. Hiveluah said the foundation invested more than N.dollars 91 000 in the construction of the building, along with other teaching aids. “Early childhood education is the foundation of our education, hence our support to this kindergarten and many other similar education facilities in this region and the country at large,”...
Capricorn Group employees warm the hearts of vulnerable children in the Hakahana Community

Capricorn Group employees warm the hearts of vulnerable children in the Hakahana Community

This winter has been a cold one. With recent exposures to cold fronts, the reality of freezing temperatures for many communities is devasting, due to their lack of necessities to guard them against an extremely cold winter – and this in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, 17 July 2020, Capricorn Group employees, in their role as Changemakers, warmed the hearts of many children by lending a helping hand to the SPES Charity (Step out of Poverty through Education, Encouragement, and Support). The Capricorn Group Changemakers assisted SPES with delivering warm tracksuits to schools in the Hakahana area, to help vulnerable children keep warm.  The anonymity of the schools is safeguarded to ensure the protection of the minor children who are educated at them. “In celebration of the launch of the Capricorn Foundation, we excited to be a part of positive change in the most vulnerable of communities,”...
Over 150 dancers audition for MTC Knockout Project 2020

Over 150 dancers audition for MTC Knockout Project 2020

Over 150 local dancers have registered their interest in participating in the MTC Knockout Project, which is this year aimed at fighting homelessness in Namibia. The auditions for back-up dancers for 30 Namibian personalities who are going to take part in the event on 03 October, took place in Windhoek on Saturday. “Dancers travelled from as far as Katima Mulilo, Oshakati, Ongwediva, and Mariental. Those from the Erongo Region, due to the lockdown, sent their videos to Windhoek for auditions,” a statement issued by MTC’s Manager for Sponsorships and Promotion, John Ekongo, said. He said MTC was pleased with the turnout because, amongst others, it demonstrates that Namibians understand the overall objective of the cause. They expect feedback from the choreographers on who was selected by Friday. With this year’s edition of the Knockout Project themed ‘Together we can beat homelessness’, MTC wants to create awareness, spur national debate and...
MTC announces more participants for Knockout Project

MTC announces more participants for Knockout Project

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) has revealed the names of eight more artists and personalities who will participate in the second edition of the MTC Knockout Project launched last week. The MTC Knockout Project against Homelessness has challenged 30 Namibian personalities to get on stage at a live music concert and perform two hit songs. A statement issued on Wednesday by MTC Communications Officer, Fikameni Mathias, said the project will raise funds for the homeless and encourage constructive debate on the issues through raising awareness. At the launch, the names of five artists and personalities were revealed. Eight new pairings have now been announced and these are Latoya Mwoombola aka Lioness who is paired with Robyn Naakambo; Sunny Boy and Luis Munana; One Blood, Magreth Mengo and Kazemmbire; Vikta Juice Boy and Isack Hamata; T Bozz and Staika and Collin Benjamin and Harold Akwenye; Kalux and Ricardo Mannetti; Top Cheri and...
Bank Windhoek supports NUST students with online career starter programme

Bank Windhoek supports NUST students with online career starter programme

Twelve Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) students are taking part in an online Career Starter Programme courtesy of Bank Windhoek and B360 Education Partnerships for their inclusion in the Programme. Bank Windhoek in a media statement on Thursday explained that the programme provides a sequential path through career development, knowledge, and skills essential for success in job searches. Switzerland-based B360 Educational Partnerships is a non-governmental organisation comprising a pool of professionals in numerous disciplines across various industries such as banking, finance, and human resources. The group of students is divided into four groups. Each group has a Swiss-based mentor. The statement further said the bank’s human capital specialists such as Human Resources Business Partner Manager Retuura Ballotti engage virtually with the graduates, with presentations aimed at coaching them on how to prepare themselves for possible employment in a highly competitive job environment. All participants receive weekly prepaid data...
Capricorn Group launches Capricorn Foundation

Capricorn Group launches Capricorn Foundation

The Capricorn Group has launched the Capricorn Foundation, a non-profit association that will serve as the group’s vehicle for its corporate social responsibility (CSR). The financial services group in a media statement on Friday explained that this follows a thorough review of corporate social responsibility best practices and a number of stakeholder engagements over the past two years to find the best vehicle for the group’s CSR initiatives. The main aim of the Capricorn Foundation is to act as a vehicle through which the Capricorn Group manages its corporate social responsibility activities by identifying or creating programmes, projects or organisations that need support from the foundation. By contributing to these programmes, projects or organisations, the foundation aims to make a positive impact on local communities within the foundation’s chosen key investment areas. The statement further said the foundation will also solicit funds from other donor companies, individuals and organisations which...
Ablution facilities worth N.dollars 100 000 donated to Twaloloka settlement

Ablution facilities worth N.dollars 100 000 donated to Twaloloka settlement

Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) donated an ablution facility worth N.dollars 100 000 to the community of Twaloloka informal settlement in Walvis Bay, after having donated 20 mobile toilets for use by the Twaloloka residents during the lockdown period. Additionally, Namport will avail N.dollars 1 million for the provision of oxygen to health care facilities at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. At the unveiling ceremony of the ablution facilities on Wednesday, Namport’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Kavin Harry said that through discussions with the Office of the Erongo Region Governor, the Health Ministry, Municipality of Walvis Bay and the Erongo Community Care Initiative, Namport has identified the urgent need to avail oxygen to supply the beds which have been mobilized for the hospitalization and care of critical COVID-19 patients. “We pleaded with the trustees of the Namport Social Investment Fund to help and we are pleased to report that we have secured...
San community in Otjozondjupa receives food and blankets from NCT

San community in Otjozondjupa receives food and blankets from NCT

The Namibia Community Trust (NCT) has donated food parcels and blankets worth N.dollars 350 000 to the San communities of Tsumkwe and Grootfontein. The 600 food parcels and 400 blankets were handed over to Otjozondjupa Governor, James Uerikua at the Otjozondjupa Regional Council Chambers on Friday. The food parcels contain maize meal, cooking oil, sugar, and matangara. Uerikua while receiving the donation said the distribution to the targeted communities in the Tsumkwe and Grootfontein constituencies is planned for next week through the constituency offices. “After the distribution of the parcels to the beneficiaries, we will compile a detailed report where we will indicate how many people benefitted and where. The report will then be shared with NCT,” the governor said. NCT Project Coordinator Anne-Marie Molatudi urged the beneficiaries to not sell the items as it is specifically meant to assist less resourced and affected households. “We urge you to use...
Round Table Namibia donates food and blankets to Aroab community

Round Table Namibia donates food and blankets to Aroab community

Round Table Namibia has donated blankets and food parcels to 150 residents of Aroab village. The donation, made possible by the NamPower Foundation, was handed over on Sunday. Speaking to Nampa on Monday, community activist Gertjie Witbooi said he decided to make a difference in his community by seeking donations for vulnerable people living in Aroab from the Round Table. “I requested blankets for people here as it’s winter and temperatures drop, but the Round Table also added food parcels,” he said. Witbooi said there is a need for people to stay positive amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic. “We should remember we can always make a difference and I urge other stakeholders to come on board and help others in need,” he said. The food parcels contain maize meals, tinned fish, beans, tea, macaroni, and corned beef. The chairperson of the Hochland 154 Round Table, Basson van Rooyen in an...
The Importance of Skills Development for Resilient Youth

The Importance of Skills Development for Resilient Youth

Africa is prominently on the rise due to the shift in economic opportunities.  In fact, studies by Nielsen have indicated that Africa is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Our youth remains as the backbone for the sustainability of our economic growth as a continent. However, 226 million youth aged 15-24 that live in Africa representing nearly 20% of our continent’s population are not active economic growth participants. This is due to social challenges and skills resulting in a high unemployment rate.  This, therefore, raises a question; how do we empower the youth with skills to address the economic and unemployment challenges? In response to this question, we also need to consider that upskilling youth is not only the responsibility of government but is key for the private sector in terms of business sustainability. There are key things that businesses need to consider when developing youth skills programmes...