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Oshikandela ‘Namibia’s Most Loved Object’ competition winner announced

Oshikandela ‘Namibia’s Most Loved Object’ competition winner announced

Namibian Designer, Ndeshi Fikameni from Afroprint Line was voted by the public as the overall winner of the first ever Oshikandela Namibia’s Most Loved Object campaign, for her creation of the Eco Fashion Shopping Bag. Four designers were selected to participate in the campaign that saw each of them provided with material that is representative of the Oshikandela flavors, from which they had to incorporate their designer skills, and create an object for the public to vote on. At the official launch of the new Oshikandela look-n-feel last Friday, the craft of the designers were appreciated  and celebrated on a catwalk after which the winner chosen by public votes, was announced. Ndeshi walked away with a N$15 000 cash prize from Oshikandela, which is a product of Namibia Dairies (ND) - a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group. Her prize includes support and a collaboration with Oshikandela to...
Standard Bank advises customers to be vigilant over festive season

Standard Bank advises customers to be vigilant over festive season

Standard Bank Namibia has advised its clients to be wary of fraudsters over the festive season. The bank in a statement on Tuesday said criminals use various tricks to gain access to people’s money, taking advantage of the excitement of the festive season. Criminals prey on people who withdraw large amounts of money from their banks, those who ask strangers to assist with ATM transactions and those who share confidential information such as usernames, passwords, OTPs (One Time Pins), PINs and card security codes, the statement said. “Standard Bank, therefore, advises customers to refrain from carrying large amounts of money and to consider moving from cash-based to electronic channels, such as internet banking, cell phone banking and point of sale devices. Also, people should avoid requesting strangers for assistance at ATMs as this may result in criminals gaining access to their confidential information such as PINs and OTPs and use...
Global foot and ankle outreach program changes lives in Namibia

Global foot and ankle outreach program changes lives in Namibia

Namibia is currently the host of renowned foot and ankle surgeons from Europe, the UK and the Americas, at the annual global ‘Steps2Walk’ Foot and Ankle Outreach and Conference, hosted in the country for the 2nd consecutive year. At least 20 Namibians will receive surgical treatment, free of charge at the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital (LPPH) – host facility of this life-changing experience. ‘Steps2Walk’ (https://steps2walk.org/) is a non-profit organization that reaches out to patients with foot and ankle pathology in underprivileged communities around the globe. Since 2018, Namibia became an annual fixture on the global program, which brings together surgeons from around the world, to serve a double purpose. Executive Director and Founder of ‘Steps2Walk’, Dr. Mark Myerson. “During last year’s outreach program, 18 Namibian state patients with crippling deformation received surgical treatment from the international faculty, together with local medical officers in Orthopaedic surgery, at the LPPH. All of...
Beneficiaries of MTC GBV Knock-out Project proceeds announced

Beneficiaries of MTC GBV Knock-out Project proceeds announced

Four organisations were on Wednesday selected to receive funding for their Gender-based violence (GBV) projects from the proceeds of the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Knockout Project. At a media conference held in the capital, MTC ’s Corporate Affairs Manager, John Ekongo, announced Monica Gender Violence Solution, Ecumenical Social Diaconate Action (ESDA), Namibia Rural Women Assembly (NRWA), and Ombetja Yehinga (OYO) as the beneficiaries who will each receive N.dollars 220 000 with the exception of Monica Gender Violence, which will receive N.dollars 181 320. The steering committee, which selected the organisations to be funded, received a total of 27 applications that were subjected to scrutiny by a set vetting committee. Then nine organizations were shortlisted and the final four organisations were successful after presentations. “Through this initiative, we will enable and support business and civil society partners through financially capacitating them to best work to eliminate gender-based violence in the country,''...
Capricorn Group helps the homeless community this Christmas

Capricorn Group helps the homeless community this Christmas

Capricorn Group took Windhoek by storm last week Friday with their Christmas on the Streets Initiative, to help the homeless community in the surrounding areas of their head office, by giving them a fun-filled day that they would never forget. Prior to the event, employees in the role of Changemakers donated clothes, shoes, toys and other accessories, which accumulated to a bounty that provided the community with a “shopping experience”, otherwise not possible to them. A further 30 Changemakers showed up on the day to volunteer their time to distribute the Christmas spirit to our homeless community in the streets of the city centre. The initiative, supported by Imago Dei, a third-party service provider, as well as EM Love Foundation, filled the area with music from Namibia’s acapella group, VMSIX, food, socialising and a lot of fun. The Honourable Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social welfare, Dr. Zephania Kameeta, who...
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...