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Metcalfe strives to make a difference in male-dominated diamond mining

Professional accountant and single mother of two, Chrishilde Metcalfe, says women working for Namdeb must remember that mining is a male-dominated industry but there are many opportunities and women should aim higher than just their own immediate ambitions. In this interview, she talks about her 24-year career at Namdeb, from a novice fresh out of university to her current position as Management Accountant. (The interview follows a standard Question & Answer format)   Q. What is your educational background? Chrishilde: “I hold a B.Com from the University of Stellenbosch and a B.Com (Hons) from the University of South Africa....

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Better grip on Adult Education through new information management system

The Directorate of Adult Education in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture battled to keep track of programmes and individuals but a local ICT company solved many of the problems by developing a simple App to manage the ministry’s data base. The App developed by Green Enterprise Solutions, called the Adult Education Information Management System, was launched last week after about 25 ministry staff members were trained how to use the system. Through this web-based solution developed for a Microsoft platform, the App keeps record of adult learners’ enrollment, attendance and performance It also keeps a record of...

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Exploring the SME sector

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) recorded a sizeable increase of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) between the years 2000 and last year. Of the more than 15 000 SMEs that were registered during this period, 605 were financed by commercial banks. Current statistics reveal that a total number of 1 719 registered SMEs closed down during 2015 to 2016. “This necessitated debates among various scholars,” said Bank Windhoek’s Katutura branch manager, Josef Sheehama. Sheehama presented findings on his study titled ‘Exploring Sustainable Economic Challenges and Opportunities Experienced by the Funded Small and Medium Enterprises at a Selected...

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Eight proven steps to starting a revolution

By Matshona Dhliwayo [email protected] Do you have a yearning to make things better? A burning desire to change the world and make it a better place? Do you dream of uniting people to achieve this crucial objective? If the answer to all of the questions above is yes, then you my dear reader, might need to start a revolution―a movement bringing about fundamental or drastic change over a short period of time. “But how do I do this?” you might ask. “I’m just a nobody.” Look no further: below are eight proven steps great revolutionaries have taken in the...

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Bushveld Minerals and shareholders to own roughly 41.9% of AfriTin Mining when listed

By John Harrington, Proactive Investors Bushveld Minerals shareholders will be issued roughly 0.0899 of a AfriTin Mining share for every Bushveld share they currently hold. Bushveld shareholders approved the spin-off of AfriTin back on 20 October 2017. AfriTin owns the Mokopane tin asset in South Africa, a near half share of the 85%-owner of Uis in Namibia that it acquired in June for £650,000, and the brownfield project Marble Hall. The proposed timetable is as follows: redemption date (9 November), de-merger record date (8 November) and the, payment date (9 November). After the issue of new equity in AfriTin...

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From recession to growth – restructure, reprioritize, reposition

Thought Leadership article by Standard Bank Economist Naufiku Hamunime With Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth averaging 4% over the last decade, Namibia like many other sub-Sahara African countries, appears to be proof that a country can grow in the absence of deep structural transformation. However, with high unemployment and poverty rates, not only does this growth face significant limitations, but as 2016 proved, it is also extremely vulnerable to global and regional headwinds. Following six years of high growth rates, 2016 effectively ushered the Namibian economy into a period of slow growth and recession. And while external factors such...

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Life Insurance provides instant protection

By Ian van der Walt Channel Head: Advisory at FNB Namibia Life insurance is not an impartial decision and should be viewed as a selfless act that protects the future of your family. Life insurance usually only gets the necessary attention when people are faced with a big new development in their life, such as buying a house, getting married or having children. It is not something we tend to think about in our daily lives, but it should become important for building a sound financial plan, and should not be ignored. Tips for Namibians regarding the topic of...

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Life below water: Saving Africa’s fishery resources

By Praise Nutakor, Communications and PR Associate of UNU-INRA, The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 aims to promote the conservation and the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources for development. One of the most important water-dependent sectors is the fishery sector, which makes an important contribution to food security globally. For instance, in Africa, fish provides a lot of people with most of their daily animal protein. The sector also employs many people and provides income opportunities. Despite the importance of the sector, Africa’s marine and inland fisheries are reaching their limits. For example, in Ghana, just...

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