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Paratus Namibia shakes up market – hacks data prices by 83.4%

Paratus Namibia shifted up a gear this week when the telecoms operator announced an 83.4% cut of data prices which will provide the most affordable data to customers at a rate of a mere N$15 per Gigabyte. The telecoms operator said data on all its packages that include LTE 4G, WiMAX and Fiber will be reduced from N$85 to N$15 per Gigabyte. According to Paratus Namibia’s Managing Director, John D’Alton, internet access is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. “This is the norm that each Namibian is growing accustomed to and we believe that every single person in this...

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Basil Read Mining refutes allegations of unfair treatment of employees

Basil Read Mining Namibia (BRMN) on Monday in a statement said all employees at their Weatherly International Tschudi copper mine project near Tsumeb are treated equally and fairly despite allegations emanating from workers. In the statement Basil said that the mining firm abides by a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct which requires that all employees be treated equally and fairly. “BRMN subscribes to employment equity practices in Namibia. To achieve our employment equity targets, as part of our recruitment BRMN targets Institutes of Higher learning in Namibia to attract students for internships and employment. Any allegations to the...

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Namdeb shifts exploration focus to shallow inshore extensions of existing on-land licences

It is not generally known that Namdeb’s onshore mining licences include certain inshore extensions, but these previously untapped areas are now the focus of a pre-feasibility to estimate the cost versus recovery potential in these licensed alcoves. For over twenty years, Namdeb’s investment and growth have been hampered by the lack of proven inland reserves. This is strikingly underscored by the complete absence of any known kimberlite pipes in the Namibian interior. This limitation puts Namdeb at a distinct disadvantage to Debswana where the entire industry runs only on the presence of several Kalahari kimberlites. To compensate for the...

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Regulator adjusts bulk electricity tariffs by 5% for 2018/2019 financial period

The Electricity Control Board (ECB) this week announced that it approved a 5% bulk tariff increase for the period 2018/2019, effective 1 July, according to CEO, Foibe Namene. Initially power utility company Nampower in accordance with the existing legal provisions had made a tariff application for an effective bulk tariff (inclusive of generation and transmission) increase of 6.56%. Namene said in reviewing the tariff, the regulator considered a number of factors and consulted different stakeholders through a stakeholder meetings, at which Nampower made a presentation of its application. According to Namene the tariff review from the ECB concluded that...

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Neckartal nearing completion – ministry finalising purchase of irrigable land and construction camp

Shedding some light on the protracted negotiations to turn the Neckartal project into reality, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Mr Percy Misika this week said several communal farmers had to be relocated with compensation while the land for the intended irrigation scheme had to be purchased from its previous owners. The project for the construction of the Neckartal damwall and completion of the first phase to supply bulk water, has been administered by the ministry from the start when social and environmental impact assessments were required to determine the reservoir’s impact on local...

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Medical Fund comes up with innovative ways to cater for fitness ‘junkies’

The Namibia Medical Fund (NMC) launched its Healthy living/Healthy lifestyle activity plan for this year (and beyond) with a Zumba session for staff held in Windhoek recently. NMC Fund Manager, Ben Nandago said, “Given the new regulations on wellness parameters for the Medical Aid Funds, we decided to come up with innovative ways to cater for those who enjoy doing what keeps them healthy and makes them happy. “In this fast-paced world, fitness has become critically important to overall health. With this in mind NMC thought it was good to start with showing how exercises benefit individuals, and what...

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Mathematics and Science to be elevated across the continent with substantial support from African Development Bank

It does not happen often that an African academic institution uses MIT as a benchmark but that is the goal the African Institute of Mathematics and Sciences (AIMS) has set itself. The institute’s founder, Dr Neil Turok, said “Our goal is to be the MIT for Africa. We know the impact MIT has on U.S. industry. We want to create the same for Africa, but we struggle with sustainable funding. We want to work with the African Development Bank to develop sustainable funding.” That undertaking has become a reality this week when the African Development Bank, based in Abidjan,...

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Experts to meet for the National Liberation Movements in the SADC Region

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) and the UNESCO Windhoek Office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the National Assembly of Namibia are hosting an “Experts meeting to produce resource material on the National Liberation Movements (NLM) in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region” The meet will take place on 24 and 25 April in Windhoek and will look at the regional dimensions and linkages of this region. According to Dr Jean-Pierre Ilboudo, UNESCO Windhoek Head of Office and Representative to Namibia in a...

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