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Namibian media should steer clear of disinformation: Simataa

Namibian media should steer clear of disinformation: Simataa

Namibian media should steer clear of the avalanche of disinformation that has become symptomatic of the social media domain, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, has said. Simataa made these remarks during the inauguration of the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa)’s new building here on Thursday. The new building, worth N.dollars 40 million, comprises two wings, one for commercial lease with two floors and the other part for Nampa’s own occupation with three floors. The building has 69 parking bays in its basement area and a cafeteria. Nampa is Namibia’s sole news agency established through an act of parliament, the Namibia Press Agency Act 3 of 1992, to collate, produce, and disseminate news to local, regional and international subscribers. Addressing Nampa employees, the minister said the media has an obligation to provide news that is pure and devoid of personal insinuations or innuendos, adding that Nampa remains crucial in...
MVA Fund gears up for festive season

MVA Fund gears up for festive season

The recent launch of the 2019/20 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign under the theme “#DoTheRightThingAndSaveLives” sees the MVA Fund ready to save lives with full collaboration from various partners and role-players. The main focus of the campaign is to save as many lives as possible by reducing the impact on our roads through increased road safety education and information campaign activities, law enforcement interventions and emergency response capacity on B1 and B2 routes. The Fund’s contributions toward the campaign include setting up temporal emergency medical response bases at Etunda, Farm Sukses and Farm Wilhelmstal in partnership with Namibia Defense Force and Namibia University of Science and Technology, with satellite bases at Arandis, Omuthiya, and Mariental. Public passenger transport safety interventions in collaboration with public transport associations; first responder awareness simulations, as well as child car safety,  are among the initiatives which will drive the Fund’s operations during this festive season....
MVA Fund hosts 10th Wheelchair Fun Ride for claimants at Swakopmund

MVA Fund hosts 10th Wheelchair Fun Ride for claimants at Swakopmund

Twenty-five MVA Fund claimants who are wheelchairs users as a result of serious injuries caused by road crashes were treated to a fun-filled day of activities in the coastal town of Swakopmund on the 29th of November 2019. The 10th edition Wheelchair Fun Ride event which is part of the Fund’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme on social rehabilitation is geared towards creating awareness and raising the profile of the social and physical challenges that road crashes can cause, whilst highlighting the concerns of people with disabilities. Since its inception in 2009, this event features on the MVA Fund’s annual calendar and for this year, 2019 it was celebrated under the theme “Roll with me, as I re-discover my life differently-abled.” Affirming the Fund’s role in supporting seriously injured patients, MVA Fund’s Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, stated that “the Fund’s ultimate aim is to help you redefine your daily...
Bank Windhoek announced as The Banker’s Bank of the Year

Bank Windhoek announced as The Banker’s Bank of the Year

We are proud to announce that Bank Windhoek was named Bank of the Year by the leading Financial Times publication, The Banker last night in London. “Bank Windhoek was Namibia’s best performing bank in a difficult economic climate. The judges were impressed not only by the bank’s strong financial performance but also by innovative initiatives such as its landmark Green Bond offering and its Woman in the Business product range," says John Everington, Middle East and Africa Editor, The Banker. The prestigious award follows after Bank Windhoek was ranked as the best Namibian bank in the African Business Magazine, moving up seven places from last year. Africa’s top 100 banks are ranked annually as of the Top 100 Banks survey, which is conducted by the African Business magazine. Regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence, The Banker's Bank of the Year Awards judges the world's leading financial institutions on...
Agra celebrates bigger and better Aranos branch

Agra celebrates bigger and better Aranos branch

Agra celebrated the re-opening of its Aranos retail branch on Friday, the 22nd of November 2019. The Aranos branch in the Hardap Region has been revamped to the tune of approximately N$ 7 million, another great milestone for Agra. The bigger and more modern store offers larger floor space, innovative shelving, modern equipment, a wide range of products, a huge parking area, a loading zone and improved security for customers. It provides an adequate floor area of 1156m² consisting of shelves and cashier points, an administration office of 57m², a newly built ablution block, the porch of 32 m², additional storage space of 82m² and salt storage of 58m². Agra plays a key role in the value chain of the farmer as the company is an important pillar in the agriculture community. One of Agra`s values is “Rooted in our people” and therefore with this revamped branch Agra is determined...
Capricorn Group supports the development of education in Namibia

Capricorn Group supports the development of education in Namibia

Capricorn Group donated N$ 120 000.00 to the ‘Step out of Poverty through Education, Encouragement, and Support (SPES)’, a charity established to serve our country’s less fortunate children and youth. The money was used throughout the year towards the development of one of the many schools that SPES supports across the city’s most impoverished areas. The anonymity of the schools is safeguarded to ensure the protection of the minor children who are educated at them. On the morning of Friday 22 November 2019, the Group was delighted to see progress at one of the schools. The money sponsored by Capricorn Group was used to construct a portable precast classroom structure and erect two toilets connected to the sewerage system. The school uses these toilets by pouring water into the tanks, making it flushable. Once the school obtains municipal approval for running water, it would eliminate the need to buy and...
Africa Magic viewers’ choice awards back for the seventh edition

Africa Magic viewers’ choice awards back for the seventh edition

Submission for entries now open Africa Magic, in association with MultiChoice Nigeria, today announced that entries are now being accepted for the seventh edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA). Entries open Wednesday, 13 November and close Friday, 13 December 2019. The AMVCAs were created to celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors, and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry and with the success of the previous editions, preparations are now underway for the seventh edition which will hold in March 2020. Channel Director, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said: “It’s been a long wait, but we are pleased to finally announce that the seventh edition of the AMVCAs is here and set to once again celebrate film and television talent across Africa. Every year the industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds and we are proud to be a part of its success...
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and secure online shopping

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and secure online shopping

By Riaan Viljoen* Information Security Specialist at Capricorn Group With Black Friday fast approaching worldwide, and its online equivalent, Cyber Monday, a few days later, the number of online deals during this time will far outnumber those available in stores. To distinguish between a legitimate deal (or website) and one simply out to steal your money, it is important to remember the many perils of online browsing, and how easy it can be to fall for scams. Here are some tips for safe online shopping. It is one thing to browse, but never use public Wi-Fi to make payments. These connections can easily be hacked, as the passwords are freely available on request. If someone you know and trust regularly buys from a specific site without hassle, consider it legit. As for the rest, be careful. Do not trust five-star buyer ratings on a site ‒ check independent third-party references...
Ohorongo & Carbo – Strategic partnership

Ohorongo & Carbo – Strategic partnership

In its drive to continue supporting government initiatives, as well as the Growth At the Home policy, Ohorongo Cement partnered with a local entrepreneur, Carbo Namibia, a Namibian manufacturer and exporter of charcoal products. Carbo Namibia is the biggest and one of eight charcoal suppliers to Ohorongo Cement, therefore the decision by Ohorongo to assist Carbo in the procurement of an 80𝑚3 side tipper to the value of approximately N$ 700 000. This would ensure the timeous delivery of higher volumes of charcoal fines to Ohorongo at a reduced cost. Ohorongo Cement is always looking for innovative energy-saving initiatives to minimize its carbon footprint while supporting local entrepreneurs. Ohorongo initially approached local charcoal producers within the Otjozondjupa region to procure charcoal fines to utilize as an alternative fuel. The fines are used in the production process of cement to fire the Ohorongo kiln, which burns at temperatures exceeding 1500 degrees...
MTC erect first ever Tubestar Macro Base Station at Osona Village Estate

MTC erect first ever Tubestar Macro Base Station at Osona Village Estate

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC Namibia) recently pioneered a new type of base transmitter station; the Tubestar macro base station at Osona Village Estates, some 50 kilometers north of Windhoek. As opposed to conventional network towers, a Tubestar macro base station is a single pier hollowed structure centrally located Base transmission station. This allows the entire components of the tower to be integrated within the hollow single shaft tower and not around it as the norm currently. It is basically an enclosed vertical installation that houses all the components such as radio frequency (RF), baseband, transmission, and power supply modules as well as batteries. The macro base station solution addresses issues related to high urban macro site deployment cost, difficult site acquisition, and poor deployment efficiency. The solution also reduces civil work and site rental costs and has the potential to generate an estimated 40 percent total cost of ownership (TCO)...
Giving is better than receiving says BAN

Giving is better than receiving says BAN

On 22 November 2019, the Banker Association of Namibia (BAN) will enhance their stationery drive with the Shake-a-tin drive which will take place at various intersections in Windhoek with the aim of collecting funds to purchase much-needed stationery items. Sarel van Zyl, current Chairman of the BAN encouraged everyone to participate in this drive and to assist the Government in ensuring that many more pupils have access to basic stationery when returning to school in 2020. “BAN believes everyone’s contribution adds to the success story of the BAN Stationery Drive. Every donated pencil being donated can enable a Namibian child in writing his or her success story in life. Remember, one grain of sand does not form the Namib Desert, but many together form a magnificent living desert. Therefore, no donation is too small, because each item adds to the bigger success.” Wellness teams of Bank Windhoek, FNB, Letshego, Nedbank,...
Afro-Future festival taking place this weekend

Afro-Future festival taking place this weekend

The fifth annual Afro-Future Festival is set to take place at the Theatre School in Windhoek on Saturday. The festival is a celebration of African fashion, music, and art. Festival founder Zodidi Gaseb told Nampa on Tuesday this year’s edition is a blend of the past, the present and the future of natural hair and skin products. She said women of color as a demographic have not been accepted by the mainstream and have been on the receiving end of discriminatory practices as far as their natural hair is concerned. She gave an example of media reports of children who had to cut their hair due to the perception that natural hair has a negative effect on a child’s behavior. “It is not limited to the school environment but in the corporate world as well. There is a certain stereotype of people and especially women with natural hair being untidy,...
NWR upgrades camping facilities at MILE 108 and reduce camping fees for the 2019 festive season

NWR upgrades camping facilities at MILE 108 and reduce camping fees for the 2019 festive season

Windhoek, 19 November 2019 – The festive season is upon us and several people are looking forward to an adventurous camping holiday alongside the coastline of Namibia. Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is therefore pleased to inform the holidaymakers that it has done significant upgrades to its camping sites at Mile108 and reduced its camping fees to allow more travelers to enjoy a camping holiday. "We have constructed new ablution facilities and upgraded the first 16 (sixteen) camping areas to now offer convenient self-contained sites for our esteemed camping guests. Each of the 16 sites will have access to its own bathroom facilities such as a toilet, shower, storage space and hot water. For the first time, early birds and camping lovers at Mile 108 will enjoy the bonus of the newly built self-contained camping sites" says Mr. Mufaro Njabulo Nesongano, NWR corporate communications, online media, and sponsorships manager. The prices...
Pick N Pay Namibia reaffirms commitment to a safer environment

Pick N Pay Namibia reaffirms commitment to a safer environment

In support of its commitment to, and passion for environmental sustainability, Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – appointed and signed a contract with BEE (Be Energy Efficient) Biofuel Manufacturing to safely dispose of all its used cooking oil (UCO). “Reusing cooking oil is a common practice, but it can pose some serious health hazards. In addition to having strange flavors and odors, reused, rancid oil contains cancer-causing properties to both humans and animals. Reused cooking oil has been associated with an increased risk of stroke, atherosclerosis, elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol), Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and various liver diseases. It is therefore ill-advised to sell or supply used cooking oil for further consumption. Other practices include using UCO to add to animal feedstock, which carry the same risks,” – Managing Director of BEE Biofuel Manufacturing, Bruce Salt. Furthermore, according...