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Author: Zorena Jantze

SAP aligns effective warehousing with supply chain efficiencies and cost savings

Gero von der Wense, the Head of Special Projects in the Ohlthaver & List Group recently announced the successful roll-out of its new SAP Extended Warehouse Management system at Namibia Breweries Ltd’s facilities in Windhoek’s Northern Industrial Area and at satellite warehouses. The upgrade from the Breweries’ existing SAP Warehouse Management system carries a price tage of a cool N$26 million. Namibia Brewereies expect the SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) system to improve the overall transparency of material flows along the supply chain to fulfill customer demand at the lowest total cost. SAP EWM provides the ability to control...

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Majority millennials fear consequences of climate change

20 December 2016 – On the occasion of the 22nd Conference of the Parties at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, the COP 22 Steering Committee commissioned the first pan-African study on global warming. This was carried out among young people born between 1980 and 2000, the ‘millennials,’ from 19 African countries. The survey results indicated that millennials consider themselves directly affected by climate change and note its effects every day (86%). The respondents consider access to water (73%) and the development of renewable energies (71%) as the most relevant initiatives to combat global warming, and more than half of them ( 53%) accuse governments of not fighting enough against its consequences. A large majority of respondents, (69%) wants to be part of the fight against global warming and think that they can achieve it by separating waste. “We already feel the consequences of global warming, particularly concerning our health and our access to food and water. Time is running out to reach long-term temperature targets,” warned Aziz Mekouar, ambassador for multilateral negotiations at COP 22, “but political mobilisation is there, as proven by the Marrakech Proclamation, declared by 197 parties at the Convention,” he said at the closing of COP 22 on 18 November. This COP was a real success with record participation: 29,000 participants in the Blue Zone and more than 35,000 participants in the Green...

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Training based on progressive improvement and testing

14 December 2016 – Career development at entry level has assumed a new dimension with the opening of Creatively Functional’s new Development Institute and Consultancy earlier in December. The Development Institute’s manager and partner, Pam Miller, said “The main purpose of the opening event was to show people how training has changed with the two e-Learning classrooms and 30 internet connected computers, as well as a practical room and a library.” The major attributes of Creatively Functional are that VET Levies can be reclaimed using the courses. Also, good vocational practices are followed that promote skills, knowledge and attitudes...

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Young entrepreneurs exposed to grand opportunities through Youthia

By Zorena Jantze. [email protected] 12 December 2016 – Youthia, a new company engineered to create a revolutionary platform of empowering youth entrepreneurs has been making waves locally for it’s innovative ways to create new opportunities in the market for youth entrepreneurs in farming, innovation, artisans, producing, recycling, supply chains, retail and service providing. Youthia Inc was founded in 2015, and is a global conglomerate of entrepreneurs called Youthians, and is headed by the visionary Founder and CEO Mandy Shemuvalula. According to Shemuvalula, Youthia comprises of two platforms, namely Nudge and The Afro. “Nudge is a two-sided marketplace that allows youth enterprenuers to register as merchants to advertise their goods and services. Nudge is ensuring youth entrepreneurs are pioneering 24/7 service and delivery in the consumer goods and service industry in Africa. Adding on Shemuvalula said, the Afro, is a currency that Youthia has created and is used exclusively to charge for and trade Youthia’s products and services. “Pegged to the United States’ dollar, the Afro is currently mobilizing and uniting African youth around a common economic thinking to develop a willingness for intra-continental youth trade.” Shemuvalula explained. The young CEO said that the key objectives for Youthia is to to build a distinct and vibrant youth industry powered by a robust supply chain as well as to raise thriving, sustainable communities. “Youthia is a conscious organization that seeks to...

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New Pro-Vice Chancellor appointed at University of Namibia

09 December 2016 – The University of Namibia announced that Professor Frednard Gideon is the designated new Pro-Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs. He assumes his new role as of 03 January 2017. The appointment is effective for a term of five years. The tenure of the incumbent, Prof Osmund Mwandemele, ends on 31 December 2016. The university applauded him in a statement for his countless contribution to the institution’s success. The office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs serves as the Vice-Chancellor’s Chief Advisor and Assistant on academic matters. It provides strong academic leadership to foster high standards of...

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UN delegation on joint advocacy to support nutrition and child rights

07 December 2016 – Global Child Rights Advocate, Mrs. Graça Machel and UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Ms. Leila Pakkala, are in Namibia to lend support to Government’s on-going efforts to reduce malnutrition among children and fast track children’s rights. The two arrived in the country on Wednesday and are set to meet with top Government officials, Members of Namibia’s National Assembly, Civil Society Organisations, UN Agencies and development partners, to strategize on how to increase investment towards nutrition as a way to ensure better returns on all development goals. Discussions will also focus on how to strengthen multi-sectoral partnerships in response to the barriers to good nutrition; education and early childhood development, as well as setting up and enforcing legal frameworks to enhance better nutrition in the country. “Namibia’s successes and gains in child survival and in the fight against malnutrition, are a result of the ongoing partnerships we have with UN Agencies, Civil Society players and prominent child rights champions,” said Hon. Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila, Prime Minister. “This visit of both Mrs. Machel and Ms. Pakkala is therefore a welcome reinforcement of the government’s on-going efforts to reduce the harmful impact of under nutrition on the health and social development of Namibia’s children and to find common solutions to the challenge.” Malnutrition causes irreversible damage to the physical and mental development of the...

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Girl Guides build their confidence

The Girl Guides Association of Namibia held its annual “Guide Sunday” at the Hosiana ELCIN Parish in Katutura this past Sunday. Lya Mthoko, Guide Leader at the Windhoek Girl Guides Association said although the Girl Guides are not affiliated to any religion, culture or tradition, it is customary for them to select a church to host their annual Guide Sunday. “Carrying out duties at a church is aligned with one of our aims, which is providing social responsibility and displaying good citizenship,” explained Mthoko. She said Guide Sunday offers a platform where the Girl Guides are exposed to self-esteem...

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Making Christmas real for the vulnerable

More than 200 children from the Monte Christo Primary Primary Project School attended a special Christmas party earlier this month when they were invited to the large lawns of Namibia Breweries Ltd’s premises in Windhoek’s northern industrial area. Many of these children are orphans and vulnerable, and for many it was the first Christmas celebration they have ever attended. Namibia Breweries parent, the O&L Group has been hosting these parties for orphans and vulnerable children for 13 years to make the festive season special for less fortunate children. The O&L Group has supported the Monte Christo Primary Project School...

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