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Author: Donald Matthys

Motor Vehicle Fund to join continent in commemorating Road Safety Day

As the global community remembers the thousands of road crash casualties and the plight of the families who are left destitute to deal with the aftermath of this gruesome pandemic, the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has undertaken various activities in commemoration of Africa Road Safety Day slated for Sunday, 19 November. This week, the Fund conducted roadblock refresher training in Walvisbay and Karibib with special focus on matters relating to traffic regulations and customer service. This training was attended by 40 traffic law enforcement officers hailing from Walvisbay, Swakopmund, Hentiesbay, Arandis, Usakos, Karibib, Omararu, Uis and Otjimbingwe. Additionally,...

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Fish and Meat remain expensive despite slowing Food inflation basket

Food inflation continued to increase at a slower pace of 3.5% year on year in October compared to 11.9% recorded in the prior year, Indileni Nanghonga, Junior Analyst at Simonis Storms Securities said. According to statistics released by the Namibia Statistics Agency, the lower inflation rate is pronounced in Bread and Cereals, Oils and Fats, and Fruits, while meat and fish inflation remained elevated at 9.2% and 15.2% in October 2017 compared to 5.3% and 26.2% respectively, in the prior year. “We reckon that another rate cut by 25bps is eminent considering that inflation continues to moderate below historic...

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Katuka Mentorship Programme wraps up for 2017, new 2018 intake announced

This year’s Katuka Mentorship Programme came to a very successful conclusion this week Wednesday when 22 mentors and mentees came together for the last time in 2017. After submission of all the mentoring reports in the four weeks leading to the final meeting, each participant received a certificate this week for her contribution to the programme’s outcome. At the same certificate ceremony, the bumper intake for 2018 was introduced with 19 mentors and 19 eager mentees meeting face to face for the first time. Next year will be the 17th consecutive year for the programme, having run uninterrupted since...

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Latest building and vehicle data points to a prolonged recession

The latest Namibian vehicle sales statistics show a contraction by 5.4% to 1 100 units in October 2017, while there was a slight increase in building plans approved by the City of Windhoek (101.1% compared to a 52.5% in September.) However, the number of building plans approved within the Windhoek municipal area in October 2017 contracted by 12.5% year to date to 1 873 units, compared to a contraction of 23.2% year to date in the prior year. “The decline is the value of building plans can also be ascribed to higher unemployment and slow income growth coupled with...

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Gender activist Sarry Xoagus-Eises passes on

Veteran journalist, freedom fighter, tireless campaigner for the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, and gender activist, Sarry’s died on Tuesday in Hospital, after a short visit to Karibib. As the founder of the Namibia chapter of Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA), Sarry joined Gender Links in July 2009 as the Gender Justice and Local Government facilitator in Namibia. Her gender research experience includes the media monitoring project in 2006, the HIV and AIDS baseline study in Namibia as well as being the coordinator of the research on the representation and participation of women in Local Government titled...

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Communities raise N$350,000 for Cancer through Golf Challenge

Sanlam handed over a cheque valued at N$350,000 to the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN), which was raised through the recently concluded Sanlam Cancer Golf Challenge at Sun City in South Africa. The Challenge is aimed at raising funds for the Cancer Association of Namibia to assist the association with funds needed to conduct research, provide the much needed support to Cancer fighters and their families and create education and awareness about Cancer throughout the country. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Sanlam Group CEO, Tertius Stears said the Challenge enables communities to raise funds to support cancer fighters. “We...

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NOVA to close off Acoustic Friday sessions at the FNCC

The three-time Namibian Annual Music Award winning duo, NOVA (formerly Stardust) will grace the Acoustic Friday stage with a night of soul and to celebrate their original reggae roots on 24 November at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre. The show will kick off at 20h00 and the entrance is N$70 in advance and N$100 at the door. The local soul, neo- soul, R n B, reggae and pop duo recently announced that they are re-branding themselves as NOVA, and are under the management of Distinctive Art Media House. “We felt that it was time to shed our old skin,...

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Wildlife Resorts launches KAZA tour package

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) in partnership with three of the other four Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation (KAZA TFCA) countries, namely Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe came up with an exciting route earmarked for promoting tourism within the KAZA area. The package is a book once, comprehensive (offerings specified) opportunity for Wildlife Resorts guests to experience four countries within six days. “Our main aim is to bring unity amongst African countries and promote cross-border domestic tourism while expanding our product offering,”said Zelna Hengari, NWR’s Managing Director. The conservation area is unique in that it includes the Okavango Delta, which is the...

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