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Salt exporter targets new markets with more cost-effective bulk loading

A cargo of bulk salt departed the Port of Walvis Bay early in August and is expected to reach its destination in the United States before the end of the month. Although bulk salt volumes are relatively small, the exporting company feels their new method of loading will grow the export of salt. The carge of some 25,000 tonnes of salt, exported by Gecko Namibia, is the first to be loaded using skips that are transported on the back of a low-bed. Gecko’s Managing Director, Pine van Wyk said they decided on skip bulk loading as it proved to...

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Indingo-Crawford to slug it out live on NBC

The long-awaited Julius Indongo and Terrance Crawford boxing fight will be broadcast live on the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) on nbc1 at 02H00 on 20 August. The national broadcaster announced the move this week and said that since the signing of the channel distribution agreement with Kwesé Free TV Limited, the NBC has been able to provide the nation with a host of live international sporting events on its DTT platform. Kwesé Free Sports on nbc6 is the latest addition in channels on the nbc DTT platform. Local son of the soil, and Unified WBA Super, IBF and IBO...

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Nothing can be done about rain, but farmers can manage input costs

Following a good rain season, agronomist in the central and northern regions have all reported excellent yields and a good harvest overall. But coming out of one of the worst droughts in 2016, an adviser to the farming community warned this week that a keen eye must still be kept on input costs. Andre Mouton, the Manager of FNB Agri in the north central regions said profitability in grain cultivation is influenced by input cost management and as with any business, the effective management of input costs can improve the profits. Recognising the large impact of only a few...

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Inflation falls below 6% since January 2016

The month of June marked the sixth consecutive month during which inflation moderated and marked the first time that the headline inflation rate has been below 6% since January 2016, according to research agency, PSG Namibia. In a report PSG said inflation fell to 5.4% year on year in July, from 6.1% year on year in June 2017. Transport sub-indices and food and non-alcoholic beverages were the major drivers of lower inflation in July. Meanwhile, the headline rate is expected to decline gradually during the rest of 2017, as food inflation edges lower thanks to base effects. “We forecast...

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Nakuta to fill Daniels shoes as new Ombudsman

The Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) recently announced the appointment of Mr John Nakuta as the country’s new new Media Ombudsman who was appointed by a Special General Meeting held last week. According to a statement, candidates for the position were determined through public nominations which closed on 30 June. Nakuta teaches Administrative Law at the University of Namibia and holds graduate and post-graduate qualifications in education and law and is on course to obtain his doctorate degree in human rights law from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands at the end of the year. Nakuta’s past experience...

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Parliament embarks on sex education in regions

In an effort to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health and rights; the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Sexual and Reproductive Family Affairs has launched outreach programs to Kunene and Erongo Regions. Members of Parliament embarked on the mission with support from the SADC Parliamentary Forum with the aim to sensitize the public and get their views on the major factors affecting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and lessons learnt regarding the access and utilization of services, including the policies and legal frameworks. The consultations also seeks to determine the extent of...

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Westair provides aerial surveillance for NGOs that protect the environment

India India Mike, a 182 belonging to Westair Aviation this week formally entered service as a surveillance aircraft at the disposal of the more than fifty environmental NGOs involved in the protection of wildlife. The use of the aeroplane is facilitated through the umbrella organisation, the Namibian Chamber of Environment, of which all the NGOs are members. Henri van Schalkwyk of Westair told the Economist that this particular aircraft has seen many hours of service for the Save the Rhino Trust. “For several years, India India Mike has spent a few months per year at the trust to help...

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Regular blood donors make up less than one percent of population

First-time blood donor Benjamin Chikuza happened to be at the headquarters of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) for a meeting when he noticed a blood clinic was underway. He immediately joined the Authority’s staff to give “corporate” blood, in the process becoming one of the less than one percent of Namibians who regularly donate blood. “I came to the NQA office for other business and noticed there’s a blood donation drive going on. I grabbed this opportunity simply to set an example for others to follow suit and donate blood to give this precious gift like I did today”...

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