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ibtm africa tackles Africa business tourism at Cape Town fair

Representing a powerful cross-section of the business events industry in Africa, the panel of speakers announced for ibtm africa 2017 will work through topical trends, insightful case studies and reports on how this industry is evolving on the African continent. Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager of Africa Travel Week, which incorporates ibtm africa, said: “We are proud, not only to share what promises to be an impelling programme on 20 and 21 April 2017, but a panel of speakers that will provide insights and impart knowledge that can further develop this industry in the coming years.” Up for discussion at...

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Kaspersky takes cyber protection to energy utilities

Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy, a vertical advanced package for energy enterprises, based on Kaspersky Lab’s suite for protection of industrial infrastructure, is now available to all energy utilities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Announcing their latest industrial shield, Kaspersky Lab stated that modern electrical power grids are complex networks, with integrated automation and control functions. “However, because they communicate through open protocols, they do not have sufficient built-in cybersecurity functions to combat the increasingly sophisticated range of security threats they face.” A recent Kaspersky report on industrial cybersecurity found that 92% of externally available industrial control...

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After school programme becomes independent

The Basketball Artists School (BAS) in Katutura was released into independence from its German supporting association Isibindi e.V and is now a Namibian trust called BAS Foundation and it will stand on its own feet in future At an event held at BAS last week, Isibindi chairperson Prof. Dr. Bernd Seibel and Isibindi treasurer Carmen Rhode symbolically handed over a key to BAS Director Ramah Mumba and his team. Bernd Seibel said, “The key does not only represent that BAS Foundation is the owner now, but also to remember that education is the only key to vocational training or...

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Otjiwarongo Pick n Pay to close its doors

Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group this week announced the closure of its PnP Otjiwarongo store, scheduled for 30 April. The PnP Otjiwarongo store has been in operation, and served the Otjiwarongo community for more than 16 years, and is forced by a developmental announcement by the property owner of the building in which it currently operates, to close doors until further notice. According to the Managing Director (MD) of PnP Namibia, Norbert Wurm, the closure comes as a result of the announced revamp of the current Pick n Pay...

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First female chairperson to lead Bankers Association

Not only is Baronice Hans the first Namibian women to lead a bank, she is also the first women to lead the Bankers Association of Namibia. She is the chairperson elect of the Bankers Association of Namibia and will start in this role on 01 April 2017 for a one-year term. Ms Hans has been an active member of the association since early last year shortly after she became Bank Windhoek’s new Managing Director. After a banking career of only eight years, she has reached a pinnacle in her professional achievements. The high regard she enjoys in the banking...

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Breweries post positive results for half year

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) maintained its strong market position despite a strained local economy, challenges in export markets and declining consumer spend. In their recently released results for the half year ended 31 December 2016, Namibian, South African and export volumes increased by 1.1%, 33.1% and 7.3% respectively. Revenue increased by 13.6% and operating profit was 6.5% higher than the comparative period. According to NBL, the solid increases are attributed to a positive volume mix and focus on production. Headline earnings per share is up by 3.2%, while earnings per share is down by 45% as a result of...

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Climate kick players show learners why ecosystem depends on trees

It is too late in the season to plant maize, but for Erika Johannes, holding the watering can, it was a special day when two of her soccer idols, Stanton Fredericks and Fabian McCarthy, former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder and defender, pitched up at her school in Gobabis for a day of tree planting. Joining in the day’s fun is Grade 4 to 6 teacher, Denichia Awases. The two celebrated South African soccer players were part of the FNB Global United Climate Kick group that visited Gobabis Project School to help the learners plant a lot of maize and a...

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New committee leads public spinners for two years

The Namibian chapter of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) has elected a new executive committee to serve its members and stakeholders for the next two years. Ilke Platt-Akwenye, seated in the front row left, is the chairperson-elect for 2018. This was announced late last year. At PRISA’s first meeting for the year to elect their new committee, she was joined by Rhingo Mutambo, seated right, the incumbent chair, and Thabisile Mpumo, the President of PRISA. The new committee comprises, standing from the left, Joanette Eises: Treasurer, Samuel Linyandi, Joyce Shapumba, Sanet De Waal: Secretary, Jairus Kapenda,...

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