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African cities can benefit from twinning with Chinese counterparts

By Kizito Sikuka Southern African News Features One of the success stories of the contemporary Chinese socio-economic transformation is its local administrative system which gives local governments some autonomy to take charge of their development agenda. Each local government in China is expected to take a central and active role in developing its own economy. For example, towns and cities are given greater authority to control certain public services such as land and credit allocation since local governments are the closest to the people. This system has created “positive” competition among Chinese towns to outperform each other economically –...

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Eurowings comes to the land of the brave

Low-cost airline, Eurowings this week commenced with its Namibia route. According to a statement from their office, an almost fully booked, Airbus A330 aircraft departed from Cologne/Bonn’s Konrad-Adenauer airport punctually on 12 July at 22:55 and touched down in after about ten and a half hours of flight time. Eurowings in the statement said, in future, the route will be operated every Wednesday and Sunday, then from 9 October, the Sunday flight from Cologne to Windhoek will change to Monday. Eurowings’ long-haul flights are more than 90% booked. As a result, the low-cost long-haul offering is a success story that...

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Cycle Classic challenge launched

One of the most anticipated annual cycling events on the local sports calendar, The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic was officially launched last week and was hosted by the the Rotary Club Windhoek (RCW), the main organizers of the event. The main sponsors for the charity fund-raising event which takes place for the 19th consecutive year on the 14th and 15th of October 2017 are Pick n Pay Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – and The Namibian newspaper. PnP Namibia this year increased its cash contribution to N$200,000 from last year’s N$150,000....

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New book Big Barrels presents nine case studies of positive African oil stories

JOHANNESBURG — As an exemplary African entrepreneur, NJ Ayuk has intimately witnessed the transformative impact of the oil and gas industry on the continent, being an active player in building countries, shaping economies and its societies. The launch of, Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Prosperity (http://APO.af/1ogcte), co-written with João Marques, is long awaited; confronting the misinterpreted view that energy-rich countries undeniably suffer from and often victimized by the effects of the ‘resource curse’. The reality, the book argues, could not be further from it. Big Barrels reads in the introduction: “The evidence makes it...

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Puma upgrades World Economic Forum membership before Durban meeting

PRNewswire – Puma Energy, the globally integrated midstream and downstream distributor of BP petroleum products, announced this week it has upgraded its membership of the World Economic Forum. Puma is now a Strategic Partner Associate and next week’s 27th World Economic Forum for Africa in Durban will be the first occasion where PUMA attends in this new capacity. Puma Energy said in a statement it will now take its place among the leading regional and global companies participating on this platform. Puma is the distribution and retail arm of petroleum giant, BP. Under the theme ‘Achieving Inclusive Growth’, the...

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Second Bass Angling event slated for weekend

Von Bach Dam with this weekend host the second Bank Windhoek Bass Angling National Competition which will be between 25 baits and 35 anglers in all three categories namely ladies, men and the youth. The competition which commenced in February, saw Bank Windhoek contiuned its sponsonship to the Namibia Bass Angling Association, for the fourth year running. According to the organisors, local bass angling mainly takes place in the Von Bach close to Okahandja and Lake Oanab just outside Rehoboth. Chairman of Bass Anglers Association of Namibia said,“The sponsorship from Bank Windhoek is used to host our competitions and...

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Golf Psychology – Improve your game from your inbox – Visualisation

The 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard was highlighted by a 15.5 meter eagle putt on the 16th hole by Marc Leishman. To sink a putt like that you have to read the line and visualise the speed and roll of the green. Visuaisation in golf is a technique that is crucial to your success. Visualisation has been proven to: * stimulate the muscles necessary to perform an action * program the mind and muscles prior to playing to increase confidence * control pre-round nerves and relax the body and mind * re-frame from negative to positive outcomes...

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Culinary students to host fundraising gala dinner

Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy Students from the Food and Beverage, Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Departments will host a local themed fundraising Gala dinner with the proceeds set to benefit a Scholarship Programme for Namibian students. The Gala Dinner will take place on 23 March at the Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy premises, located at the Old Power station in Southern Industry. Taking into consideration the high unemployment rate and the costs to pursue further studies, the proceeds of the dinner will go towards offering scholarships to unemployed local students who have a passion and sincere aspiration to pursue a...

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