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Business leadership during a crisis

Business leadership during a crisis

Merriam-Webster defines a crisis as "an unstable or difficult time or state of affairs". It is an unplanned or uncontrolled change. During times of crisis, leadership is critical. While the existing economic crisis caused by COVID-19 is unprecedented, small businesses have historically proved themselves to be flexible and resilient. The crisis has led to paradigm shifts in the way we view and conduct our business - don’t bury your head in the sand, but consider new ways of doing things as an entrepreneur. COVID-19 has changed the way we work, and in some industries, it has forced companies and their leaders to accept changes that they would otherwise have taken longer to reach. The democratization of technologies such as; online shopping, distance learning, working from home using virtual private networks (VPNs), etc. has facilitated working, learning, and leisure during the crisis. These key technologies have become pervasive in everyday life....
MTC lauded as Namibia’s most admired brand by Brand Africa

MTC lauded as Namibia’s most admired brand by Brand Africa

MTC imprinted its name in the Branding History books by being chosen as Namibia’s Most Admired Brand. The announcement was officially made by Brand Africa who included Namibia for the first time in the survey to determine who Namibia’s most admired brands are. The Namibia event was organized by Africa’s Best Brands/Namibia, hosted by TBWA in associations with the Namibia Stock Exchange. Brand Africa is an independent Non-Profit Organisation, an intergenerational movement to inspire a great Africa through promoting a positive image of Africa, celebrating its diversity, and driving its competitiveness. It is a brandled movement which recognizes that in the 21st century, brands are an asset and a vector of image, reputation, and competitiveness of nations. The Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands survey research is the most comprehensive and most representative consumer-focused survey of brands across Africa based on the most rigorous methodology consistent with global best practices...
NBL encourages responisible behavior

NBL encourages responisible behavior

As Namibians navigate the country’s gradual reopening following an easing of trade restrictions which were necessitated to combat the spread of COVID-19, life is slowly returning back to normal, or at least, a ‘new normal’. Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), Managing Director, Marco Wenk: “There’s no doubt that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on society long after the current State of Emergency and the risks associated with COVID-19 are over.” While some industries had already reopened and commenced trade shortly after the lockdown period others remained closed pending the easing of restrictions.  Consumers of non-essential and premium categories which remained closed and have now been given the approval to trade as from 2 June 2020, have been starved of such products and as such demand for same will be significant as from next week, which is likely to put more pressure on retailers and the general trade to ensure adherence...
Bank Windhoek to assist Namibian Government to test 500 people

Bank Windhoek to assist Namibian Government to test 500 people

In its continued support in the fight against COVID-19 Bank Windhoek donated 500 Reagent Testing Kits and Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection Kits to the Namibian Government on Wednesday, 19 May 2020, The Bank’s Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, Jacquiline Pack, handed over the donation to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, at the Namibia Institute of Pathology’s (NIP) head office in Windhoek. Through the Analytical Technology and Chemical Supply, the Bank, in collaboration with NIP, was able to procure the material despite logistical challenges posed by the pandemic. “Since COVID-19 reached our borders, we realized that there was a need to ensure that testing takes place in Namibia. As connectors of positive change, we offered our support by donating this equipment to the Ministry. Our contribution will ensure that 500 Namibians receive testing as we continue to fight COVID-19,” said Pack. In his acceptance...
NBL re-affirms support of Lefa

NBL re-affirms support of Lefa

Since its introduction to the Windhoek public transport sector in February 2018, Cab App service provider, LEFA, empowered and supported by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group –, has grown significantly in its presence, and is a trusted public transport option for many. NBL last week re-affirmed its support of LEFA when Managing Director, Marco Wenk announced NBL’s continued and further support to strengthen LEFA’s operations following the impact of COVID-19. Wenk: “We were looking at establishing a service to provide consumers with a safer alternative, and in support of our call to the public to refrain from drinking and driving. While we were in the early stages of developing such an initiative, Melkisedek Shivute Ausiku, affectionately known as ‘Melkies’ approached us for support. We then decided to divert our efforts into supporting this passionate young entrepreneur.” In re-affirming its support of...
Africa Day celebrated through virtual conference

Africa Day celebrated through virtual conference

Africans across the world on Monday celebrated Africa Day through a virtual conference organised by the Department of Peace and Security of the African Union Commission (AUC), under the 'silencing of the guns' initiative. Deputy director for information and research at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Marbeline Goagoses, in a media statement availed to Nampa on Monday, said the virtual conference seeks to give impetus to the theme on silencing the guns in Africa, which was launched as the AU theme of the year for 2020. “Additionally, it seeks to strengthen collaborative efforts among the member states, regional economic communities, civil society organisations, and the private sector, to take ownership of the provisions contained in the silencing the guns initiative,” Goagoses was quoted as saying. She said the objective of the virtual conference is to engage stakeholders towards the development of country-level and sub-regional programmes of action towards...
Oktoberfest 2020 cancelled

Oktoberfest 2020 cancelled

The organisers of the Windhoek Oktoberfest on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the annual cultural event following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the directive from President Hage Geingob against large gatherings. The event was scheduled to take place on 30 and 31 October at the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) in the capital. In a media statement Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) Global Marketing Manager, Rene Duffy said that the difficult decision was necessitated by the current uncertainty the world faces and the fact that under these circumstances, it is impossible to, with confidence meticulously plan an event of this magnitude. “We take great pride in the Oktoberfest and how it evolved over the last 10 years from a small event of circa 300 people, into a two-day event with approximately 6 000 fest-goers, many traveling from far and wide to attend what has fondly become known as the jewel in the...
Handing-over of prizes to the winners of the Online-Europe day competition

Handing-over of prizes to the winners of the Online-Europe day competition

In view of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the EU  Delegation in Namibia, like others were not able to host a Europe Day Function this year, but a number of digital activities were undertaken to connect with each other and our audiences to make the Day memorable. One of these activities included an online-competition for candidates within the age group 13-18. The aim of the competition was to raise awareness about the EU and its engagement in Namibia. We received 39 applications and 16 qualified.  Out of the 16 qualifying candidates, a lucky draw took place to select the winner and the second candidate. The winner of the competition was an 18-year-old learner, Neto Fernandes, who received an IPAD. The 2nd prize went to a 16-year-old learner, Nadula Nekongo.  During the event, the EU Ambassador to Namibia, Sinikka Antila congratulated the learners and briefed them and the media about the EU’s current...
World celebrates nature as a source of solutions to global challenges

World celebrates nature as a source of solutions to global challenges

International Biodiversity Day on 22 May is preceded by a week of daily themes and events. • Crucial role of nature in addressing climate change, food security, and health highlighted. • Virtual events being held throughout the week, webinars planned by the UN and UNESCO for Friday. The critical importance of nature for our wellbeing is being highlighted throughout this week, with daily sub-themes, in advance of Friday’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) and its overall theme of “Our solutions are in nature.” As the global community re-examines, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, its relationship with the natural world, one thing is certain: despite our technological advances, humans are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our health, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, to name a few. This year’s IDB theme, “Our solutions are in nature”, emphasizes the importance of working together at all...
NBL strengthens support to COVID-19 homeless shelters

NBL strengthens support to COVID-19 homeless shelters

Following its recent donation of 53 tents towards the COVID-19 homeless shelter initiative by the Ministry of Health & Social Services (MoHSS), Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – followed up with further support of this project, with a beverage donation valued at close to N.dollars 100 000. NBL Managing Director, Marco Wenk handed over 340 cases of Fruitree juice to the MoHSS for the close to 500 homeless people currently sheltered by the project. Wenk: “We are extremely passionate about this initiative by the government, and applaud them for this. Our support comes from a place of care and passion for our country and her people, and speaks directly to our vision of being a catalyst for positive change, and our purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’. As far as we can, we will continue to support the government’s efforts...
Torra Bay campsite to remain closed

Torra Bay campsite to remain closed

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Torra Bay campsite which was set to open from 16 – 24 May 2020, could not open due to some unforeseen circumstances. Dr. Matthias Ngwangwama, NWR Acting Managing Director, says, "I would like to sincerely apologize to all our clients that had already started traveling to Torra Bay or were intending to travel there during the week. I do realize that this is unwelcome news though the matter at hand was beyond our control. I, therefore, encourage them to get in touch with our reservations department where they can either rebook their stay at any one of our other properties or request a refund".
Bank Windhoek brings water closer to the community

Bank Windhoek brings water closer to the community

Bank Windhoek’s Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, Jacquiline Pack, visited the Moses ǁGaroëb Constituency in Windhoek. Accompanied by her departmental staff, Pack’s visit was to assess the impact of water tanks donated to informal settlements around Windhoek. Capricorn Group and Bank Windhoek collaborated in donating 13 tanks, each with a capacity of 10 000 liters, to provide safe and clean water to residents. “As a connector of positive change, we believe that it is essential for us to take care of our community in which we operate. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it necessary to bring safe and clean water as closely as possible to communities where it is desperately needed," said Pack. Bank Windhoek’s donation supports the City of Windhoek’s Mayoral Relief Fund. Launched in 2016, the Fund assists pensioners, people living with disabilities, child-headed homes, individuals in need of shelter or medical operations,...
NWR employee did not die from Covid-19

NWR employee did not die from Covid-19

Contrary to media reports and public speculation, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) would like to inform the public that one of its employees, Mr. Lilungwe Brighton Tembwe, who passed on 15 May 2020 and was based at its Hardap resort, did not die from Covid-19. NWR would like to reiterate that the first group that was isolated at its Hardap resort for more than fourteen days, between 25 March and 9 April 2020, were all released without showing any symptoms of Covid-19. “Mr. Tembwe was one of our most friendly and committed employees and was always ready to be of assistance. Therefore, as a company, we have lost one of our valuable staff members. At the same time, we would like to send our condolences to his family and friends. They should be consoled in knowing that Brighton, as he was fondly known, will be dearly missed,” says Dr. Matthias Ngwangwama,...
Namibian Schools – Our own recycling heroes

Namibian Schools – Our own recycling heroes

In celebration of the annual Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2020, with the theme #Recycling Heroes 2020 for this year, the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) decided to highlight and award its top-performing schools in the annual Schools Recycling Competition (SRC) with the same accolade – namely that of being Namibia’s own recycling heroes. The results of the 2019/20 SRC indeed give a good reason for celebration – with a total of 179 632 tons collected by the participating schools this year, compared to 132 tons last year. It comes as no surprise that paper made up the majority of the volume – given the nature of school work -  followed by glass, cans, and then plastic.  RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt: “The past year also saw some interesting and newsworthy developments, notably the addition of schools outside of Windhoek and the coast – these being two schools in Oranjemund and...