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Tippy taps for informal settlements

Tippy taps for informal settlements

RMB Namibia, through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust, has donated N$ 500 000 to assist a COVID-19 emergency response programme directly targeting the informal settlements in Windhoek. Conrad Dempsey, CEO of RMB Namibia explained that Windhoek’s informal settlements with more than 180,000 residents are likely to be the first and hardest hit by COVID-19 over the coming weeks in terms of health, as well as economically as the crisis unfolds. “The programme supported by RMB is implemented by the not-for-profit organisation Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) in collaboration with the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE). Together we aim to assist in setting up more than 10 000 hand washing units, known as tippy taps over the following 20 days thereby reaching approximately 40 000 families. There is a real chance to reach out to the majority of informal settlement households (approximately 65,000) within a short period of time”, Dempsey said. Activities on the...
Namdia commits N.dollars 2 million to fight against COVID-19

Namdia commits N.dollars 2 million to fight against COVID-19

Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) has donated N.dollars 2 million to support Namibia’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a media release issued on Wednesday, Namdia said since its inception, it has prioritised its contribution to the country through various philanthropic and charity initiatives and is honoured to once again be able to support the nation. Of the N.dollars 2 million donated through the Namdia Foundation, N.dollars 1 million went to the government’s National Disaster Fund, N.dollars 200 000 to the Public Enterprises Chief Executive Officers Forum and N.dollars 150 000 to the City of Windhoek. The amount availed to the City of Windhoek will be used for fuel for ambulances (N.dollars 50 000) and water for vulnerable communities (N.dollars 100 000). It has also provided sanitiser to the Robert Mugabe Clinic and food parcels to vulnerable communities. “The remaining funds will be strategically assigned to more projects and initiatives...
Old Mutual Namibia commits N$5 Million to fight COVID-19

Old Mutual Namibia commits N$5 Million to fight COVID-19

As a Caring and Responsible Business and pursuant to an appeal to the private sector by the President of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, Old Mutual Namibia has pledged to donate N$5 million (Five Million Namibia Dollars) towards the nation-wide efforts to help address some of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific areas of support include provision of food to the poor and the vulnerable communities; technical equipment and allowances for payment of recruited medical professionals. Old Mutual Namibia recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic requires a concerted and committed response by all stakeholders, including the private sector. Our commitment includes: 1. Funds to provide food supplies to the poor and the vulnerable: N$1 million (One million Namibia Dollars) We pledge N$1 Million (One million Namibia Dollars) towards the supply and delivery of food to the poor, old age homes, orphanages as well as vulnerable...
The MultiChoice Talent Factory launches FREE online masterclasses

The MultiChoice Talent Factory launches FREE online masterclasses

The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) is excited to launch a series of online masterclasses available on Africa’s creative network, the MTF portal! The masterclasses offer exclusive access to practical, industry expert-led skills workshops that afford film and television professionals the ability to interact and learn from the best in Africa. We are launching with the Produce Like a PRO! masterclass series, a 20-module masterclass on production from pre to post. If you have missed any of our MTF masterclasses in our 13 markets, we have recorded them for you to watch on the go. Comprising of 20 carefully crafted modules, the Produce Like a PRO! series is our answer to the industry need for easier access to training material, tutorials and templates. The masterclasses are available to over 25 000 registered users with a profile on the MTF portal. If you do not currently have a profile on the portal,...
MultiChoice Group Supports Local Entertainment Industry During Covid-19

MultiChoice Group Supports Local Entertainment Industry During Covid-19

Every day various sectors across our continent are adjusting and finding ways to deal with challenges brought about by the current pandemic. Given our position in Africa’s video entertainment sector, we are acutely aware of the challenges our partners in the industry face. At this time, we would like to stand by them. Across the continent, we are seeing disruptions and delays. Production has been impacted across many countries and production has come to a complete halt in South Africa as the industry adheres to the national lockdown. For many years we have been a leader in the sector, and are a leading investor in local content production. We have deep-rooted partnerships and long-standing commitments that have grown the industry for the benefit of many, both in front and behind the camera. It is for this reason that MultiChoice has decided to implement several measures, aimed at safeguarding the incomes...
Capricorn Group donates food hampers to Car-Guards

Capricorn Group donates food hampers to Car-Guards

Considering the current emergency lockdown in the country, Capricorn Group is doing its bit to make sure that no one goes hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, 27 March 2020, the Group donated food hampers to the group of homeless car guards working in the surrounding areas of the Group’s head office. The reality of the homeless crisis within the city means that many do not have the means to buy or store up food and during the lockdown, the period they cannot rely on the small income they get from looking after parked cars. The initiative was supported by Imago Dei, an NGO, and third-party service provider, whom the Group works with closely. The hand-out of the food hampers was combined with an educational session on the pandemic and how they can be safe during the lockdown period and beyond. “If the past has taught us anything, it...
Covid-19 partial lockdown

Covid-19 partial lockdown

The President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob has announced an emergency lockdown, impacting the Khomas and Erongo Regions, effective 27 March until 16 April 2020. In support of the Government’s pro-active approach in curbing the spread of Covid-19, Bank Windhoek urges its clients, stakeholders and the public at large to adhere strictly to the lockdown guidelines. As a responsible and caring corporate citizen, we are committed to a resilient and stable financial system. Furthermore, our capital, liquidity, and operations remain sound and well-positioned to weather the storm. To ensure that banking is not interrupted during this challenging time, the following services will continue during normal banking hours: Branch operations ATM’s Cash Centres Private Wealth Suite Payment Operations Treasury and International Banking Services Credit Services Digital and electronic banking services including Mobile App, Online Banking, Cellphone Banking and Point of Sale Services Corporate and Institutional Banking...
MTC Responds to COVID – 19

MTC Responds to COVID – 19

Mobile Telecommunications Company, MTC, has just announced an aggressive response strategy to help fight Coronavirus. The plan will be funded with an amount of N$1 million dollars that will be distributed to different critical areas as per the strategy. MTC’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Licky Erastus said, “Whilst we have implemented a wide range of precautionary measures to protect our employees and by extension their families so that we assure their peace of mind at work and at home, we are however aware that our responsibility cannot stop with our employees only, hence why we are making available an amount of N$1 million Namibian dollars with an effective well-crafted strategy to assist fellow Namibians during this difficult time. INFORMATION SHARING The sharing of correct and accurate information about the coronavirus is of paramount importance. With an estimated population of over 2.4 million people, we believe that information needs to go...
NWR offers assistance towards COVID-19

NWR offers assistance towards COVID-19

On 14 March 2020 Namibia recorded its first case of COVID-19. On the same day the Namibian Head of State, President Hage Geingob put in place measures to safeguard the lives of the Namibian nation. However, on 24 March 2020, Namibia had seven confirmed cases of COVID-19. With the increase of COVID-19 cases, Dr Geingob further announced measures aimed at curbing the rise of COVID-19 incidences within the country. Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), a State-Owned Enterprise, has come to aid the Government in its hour of need. “With the reduction in tourist arrivals into the country and the seemingly increasing need for isolation facilities for Namibians who will require clean and well-equipped isolation facilities, we saw it necessary to offer of one of our facilities to be utilised by the Government. With the Hardap resort being close to the Mariental Hospital, from where medical services can easily be provided, we...
MultiChoice expands information and entertainment offering and reach

MultiChoice expands information and entertainment offering and reach

The prevailing circumstances have called on many across the African continent to adjust to new ways of living and working. Many are required to spend more time at home with their loved ones, and MultiChoice Group (MCG) remains committed to supporting its customers with the best available programming to keep families informed and entertained. To ensure the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, Africa’s most-loved storyteller will provide broadened access to credible information at this time, by making news channels more widely available across the continent. “We have been in constant communication with health authorities such as the World Health Organisation, and we will be rolling out Africa-wide public service announcements on COVID-19. It is important that all of us take heed of the announcements and advice from trusted experts so that we can look after our own health and that of our loved ones,” says MultiChoice Namibia MD, Roger Gertze....
O&L responds to COVID-19

O&L responds to COVID-19

The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group on Thursday, 19 March 2020 issued a statement in light of its position with regards to COVID-19, supporting the Head of State, Dr. Hage Geingob’s declaration of a State of Emergency. O&L Group CEO, Wessie van der Westhuizen: “In recognition of the stance that Government has taken in this regard, and as a caring corporate citizen - cognizant of the major impact this virus has on both employees and business alike - the health and safety of our employees, customers and stakeholders are paramount. While we understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 has brought a great deal of uncertainty and fear amongst people, it is equally important that we remain calm.” The O&L Group together with its subsidiaries have put in place various preventative measures to ensure the safety of its employees, customers and consumers. Van der Westhuizen: “We are working around the clock...

Bank Windhoek announces new interest rates

In response to the announcement by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Namibia to decrease the policy rate as announced on 20 March 2020, Bank Windhoek hereby confirms the reduction of its Prime Lending Rate by 1.00% from 10.00% to 9.00%. The Mortgage Lending Rate will decrease from 11.00% to 10.00% The interest rate changes will be effective from Monday, 30 March 2020. According to Diederik Kruger, head of funding and liquidity management at Bank Windhoek, the impact from the worldwide economic decline, triggered by the Covid-19 virus changed the status quo everywhere and that we are in unchartered territory. “We believe that the quick and sweeping change announced by BON will be the first of many and we can expect swift policy reforms to firstly guide banks to assist our clients better, but also to lighten the burden on individuals and businesses operating in Namibia.” “The impact...
Bank Windhoek implements Covid-19 preventative measures

Bank Windhoek implements Covid-19 preventative measures

In response to the first confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, Bank Windhoek has implemented preventative measures as part of its overall action plan to ensure the health and safety of its staff and clients at all its Branches and Departments countrywide. All Branches and Departments have received or are in the process of receiving additional disinfectants including hand sanitisers and additional cleaning of ATMs, Point-of-Sale devices and other surfaces that are human contact points. The installation of bulk disinfectant dispensers at key points are underway and staff and clients will be required to make use of these dispensers whenever passing these key points. Bank Windhoek Branches and Departments remain open for business but we strongly encourage our clients to make use of our electronic service channels such as the Bank Windhoek Mobile App, Internet Banking, EasyWallet and Cellphone Banking. These channels allow for smooth and effective transactions without the need to...
Pro-active employee engagement key to allaying Covid19 uncertainty

Pro-active employee engagement key to allaying Covid19 uncertainty

Covid-19’s arrival in Namibia turned the country upside down with emergency measures announced and implemented to prevent the spread of the virus within the borders of Namibia. General uncertainty as to the impact the pandemic will have on our daily lives was prevalent with many left with more questions than answers as to how the new normal will be. By its very nature, Covid-19 has created a crisis for both the government and the private sector who immediately had to activate their contingency action plans to start mitigating the expected disruption such a pandemic may have on daily business. From a human capital perspective, employees are the core of our business, and they had many questions and understandably fears and anxiety. Not because they did not know what Covid-19 entails but rather what the impact will be on their personal and daily work lives. With schools and aftercare facilities announced...