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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Efundja nomuloka gwa tegelelwaEfundja nomuloka gwa tegelelwa Onkalo yombepo moNamibia okwa tengenekwa tayi ka etelela efundja oshowo omuloka miitopolwa ngaashi Kunene, Erongo, Khomas no //Karas.

    Ehangano lyokutengeneka onkalo yombepo moNamibia lyoNamibia Meteorological Service (NMS) olya tseyitha kutya onkalo yombepo moshilongo okutameka Omaandaha otaku kala iikogo oshowo omuloka momahala ga yooloka.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu omutengeneki gwonkalo yombepo, Odillo Kgobetsi okwa yelitha kutya omuloka ngoka gwa tameke mOmaandaha otagu etelele efundja.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omuloka omunene otagu tengenekwa tagu loko ohela unene miitopolwa yomuumbugantu mwakwatelwa Orange oshowo oNoordoewer.

    Metitano, omuloka otagu ka tsikile miitopolwa ya yooloka.

    Ombelewa ndjoka oya holola kutya omuloka ngoka gwa tameke mehuliloshiwike lyomasiku 9 gaNovemba otagu ka tsikila monooli uuzilo woshilongo.

    Omuloka omuwanawa otagu tengenekwa tagu kalako uule wiiwike iyali.

    Omasiku ga piti AaNamibia oya kala taya topola oonkundana dhomuloka miitopolwa yawo komapandja gomakwatathano gopainternet.

    Mosoondaha omuloka gwoomm 30 ogwa lopotwa mOmalinda, omanga oomilimeta dhili pokati ko 16 sigo 36 dha lopotwa momudhingoloko ngoka mOmaandaha.

    Omunafaalama popepi noHelmeringhausen okwa lopota omuloka gwoomilimeta 55, momudhingoloko ngoka mOmaandaha.

    Oomilimeta 30 odha lopotwa moAranos oshowo momudhingoloko gwaSpreetshoogte omwa lopotwa oomilimeta 40 oshowo 60 mOmaandaha.

    MoGondwana Canyon Park, omwa lopotwa woo omuloka gwoomilimeta 30 mEtiyali.

    Mosoondaha oGondwana Kalahari Park namo omwa lopotwa omuloka gwotango.

    Etosha Safari Lodge, olya lopota omuloka gwoomilimeta 40.

    Oondoolopa dhokomunkulofuta nadho odha lopota omvula , ngaashi Oliindili, Oswakopo oshowo Ombaye.

    Aakalimo yomOvenduka, Usakos, Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Otavi, Okahandja oshowo Tsumeb nayo oya lopota omvula.

    Aakalimo yomOmaruru oya lopota omvula yi li pokati koomilimeta 50 no 70.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Oongeleka dhiimanga kumwe megameno lyomoondjilaOongeleka dhiimanga kumwe megameno lyomoondjilaOmahwahwameko ga tameke oshiwike sha piti Oongeleka moNamibia otadhi longele kumwe naakuthimbinga ya yooloka opo ku ningwe omahwahwameko gegameno lyomoondjila ngoka taga yi sigo omasiku 30 gaJanuari omvula twa taalela. Elelo lyoCouncil of Churches of Namibia (CCN) oshowo Windhoek Ecumenical Forum (WEF) oya tamekitha omahwahwameko ngoka.

    Oongeleka otadhi longele kumwe nomahangano ngaashi Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, National Road Safety Council, Private Sector Road Safety Forum oshowo aadhaninkandangala yamwe megameno lyomoondjila, nomahwahwameko ngoka otaga ningwa kohi yoshipalanyolo, 'Love Your Neighbour for Safer Roads'.

    Sho a popi niikundaneki mOvenduka, omunashipundi gwoWEF Lorentz Kuzatjike okwa popi kutya egameno lyomoondjila oli li oshinakugwanithwa oshinene shoka sha pumbwa okutopolwa, naashoka osha etitha oongeleka dhi ninge etokolo ndyoka.

    Omahwahwameko ngoka oga tameke mEtitatu na otaga yi sigo omasiku 30 gaJanuari mo-2018, na otaga ka kwatelamo woo omagalikano pomahala goondjila ga yooloka unene mpoka hapu ningilwa unene iiponga.

    Omagalikano otaga tameke momasiku 12 sigo 19 gaNovemba.

    Momasiku 19 gaNovemba, otaku dhimbululwa esiku lyaantu mboka ya ningi iihakanwa yiiponga yomoondjila ano oWorld Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims ndyoka tali ka dhimbulukiwa pakuninga omagalikano pomahala ga yooloka moondjila.

    Esiku ndyoka ohali dhimbulukiwa aluhe mOsoondaha ontitatu yaNovemba kehe omvula opo ku dhimbulukwe aantu oomiliyona mboka ya hulithile miiponga yomoondjila nenge ya ehamekelwa miiponga pamwe noofamili dhawo ookume oshowo yalwe mboka ya gumwa.

    Momasiku 10 gaDesemba moka tamu ka dhimbulukiwa esiku lyUuthemba wOmuntu mUuyuni, oongeleka otadhi ka kwatela komeho omagalikano.

    Oonkambadhala ndhoka otadhi ningwa sha landula sho oshiketha shoMVA Fund sha lopota iiponga 3 399 yiihauto mbyoka ya faalela oomwenyo dhaantu 625 okutameka mesiku lyotango lyaJanuari nuumvo sigo omashiku 29 gaKotomba nuumvo.



    NAMPA

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    Air Namibia ta kwatakanitha onooli nomunkulofutaAir Namibia ta kwatakanitha onooli nomunkulofuta Ehangano lyoAir Namibia olya tula miilonga omalweendo gopokati kaMbaye nOndangwa, okutameka momasiku 19 gaNovemba.

    Omalweendo ngoka otaga ka haga ningwa lutatu moshiwike pokati kaMbaye nOndangwa, Etiyali, Etine nOlyomakaya.

    Omalweendo ngoka otaga ka gandja ompito kaayakulwa yehangano yavule okuya koJohannesburg nenge Cape Town okuza mOndangwa, taya longitha elila lyaMbaye. Omukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa ogwa holola woo kutya ndjoka onkundana ombwaanawa kaayakulwa yehangano, unene sho shuuka pethimbo lyomatango omanene, naakwashigwana ohaya iyadha yaana oolefa okuya nokuza komafudho.

    Omalweendo ngoka otaga ka shunitha woo pevi onkalo yoondjila dhuudha pokati kOmbaye nonooli sho olweendo ndoka luule owala lwoominute 60, ngoka ta longo pehala lyomunambelewa omukuluntu gwoAir Namibia, Mandi Samson a popi.

    Momasiku 19 gaNovemba omalweendo pokati kOvenduka nOliindili oshowo Orange otaga ka lunduluka okuya mOsoondaha, Omaandaha Etitatu nEtitano.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwomayakulo moAir Namibia, Xavier Masule, okwa popi kutya omalunduluko ngoka oga nuninwa okukandulapo oompumbwe dhomalweendo dhaayakulwa yawo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omalweendo pokati kaMbaye naCape Town otaga tsikie na oodhila owala odho tadhi ka lundulula. “Monena otatu longitha odhila yonomola Embraer ERJ 135 na otatu ka kala tatu longitha oAirbus A319.”

    Omunashipundi gwoNamibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry moshitayi shonooli, Thomas Indji okwa pandula omalunduluko ngoka, a popi kutya otaga gandja ompito ombwaanawa yomalweendo sho ngashiingeyi aantu mOshikango mboka yahala okuya nondhila kOmbaye itaya yi we kOvenduka tango ihe otaya yi owala yuukilila kondoolopa ndjoka okuza mOndangwa.

    OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy Locked away



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a single boy aged 21. There is a girl that I love very much but she is afraid of her family so it's hard to get her out. I want to speak to her alone so that can I tell her? And what can I do to get her out and make her love me more?



    Absence makes the heart grow fonder and that is why you feel the way you feel. How old is your girl? You did not say. From the little that you have said about her, she must be an underage girl and that is why she is kept under lock and key by her family. I would advise you to wait, if you have the patience, for her to get older. Many underage teenage girls in this country are sexually abused and if you hook up with one as I fear is the case, you will end up in jail. Any parent or guardian would jealously guard their girl from sex predators that are out there but I am not saying you are one. Understand the restriction from a parent's perspective. Having invested so much in a child, the last thing any parent would expect is having that investment going down the drain and then left with the burden to look after her and the child. It is good that mentally, you are telling Auntie Nangy that you want to stick to only her and faithfulness is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. Taking the silver lining out of your cloud, rejoice because the woman you crave to spend the rest of your life with is safe in her parents' custody. I am sure no other man is having access to her, I presume. Treasures are always buried deep so one must dig deep to get them. The treasure you sweat hard to get is sweet to have and to hold. This is that girl. Remember good things come to those who wait. Just be patient until she comes of age.



    Same age



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am 20 and I am in love with my boyfriend who is also 20. We have been in love since I was 14. We love and trust each other and up to now, we have not had sex. Is it possible for us to get married while we are of the same age?



    Age is just but a number. There is absolutely no harm falling in love and marrying a man who is same age with you. In fact, I think it is better that way because as a couple you will have the same spheres of reference and a lot of things in common. Some women think if they marry an older it is better because they are mature. This is purely a question of preference and it is like making a choice to rooibos or black tea. Other women feel marrying older men is challenge and a sure recipe for failure. Here are some of the challenges associated with marrying an older man. Generation gap according to Investopedia is “the differences in actions, beliefs and tastes of members of younger generations when compared to members of older generations regarding politics, values and other matters.” This can take place in a relationship between an older partner and a younger partner. The second problem with marrying an older man or woman can be dangerous because they are more powerful and can become cruel in the event of a divorce or physical fights. If a woman marries an older man, she is faced with a challenge because it is difficult to change his old habits. Then, yourtango.com says there are three advantages of marrying a man of your age. You share the same history and this makes communication and references easy to understand. Same-age couples share the same life stages and this means the couple will not have irreconcilable differences that cause problems in unions with gaping age differences. Thirdly, life experience in same-age couples means better understanding. Similar age couples better understand each other. So, you see there are advantages of marrying a partner who is same age with you. Level is equal and one cruises while slopes come with sweat and hard work.



    I'm not confident



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 22-year-old and I think I have a major problem. I often rely on people for everything, especially opinions. I honestly feel like I can never make a good decision on my own and often only do things if a friend or family member says it's okay. I want to break out of this shell but I feel like I always make bad choices on my own. What can I do? Am I sick?



    I understand your concern and for sure, you need to cut this dependency umbilical cord. You are now an adult who should be able to stand on your own and not always lean on or depend on other people to make decisions for you. In life it is important to have and to be able to make personal choices and you are right to be concerned. What you need to train your mind is to believe that your choices are the best and no one else's. Be confident of who you are and what you want in life. Personal choice is what makes each one a brand. Throw away that old dependency mentality and start thinking 'I' in everything you do and you will see yourself soar and shine. Even the fingers on your hand are different, yet they are on one hand and that is how we are all different in life.

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    Performances save Omarion showPerformances save Omarion showAmerican singer rocks the stage The most anticipated concert of the year becomes the least attended … but, the artists kept it professional. The Omarion concert caused a lot of commotion on social media in Namibia and abroad, with many people unhappy about how it was set up. Despite the blunders from local and international organisers, the local and American artists put on the best show they could which can be described as a situation.

    What was supposed to be one of the biggest concerts in Namibia missed this opportunity.

    Though many are blaming the marketing team for not aggressively going out, others are attributing the low turnout to the many events that where happening on the same night. The whole uproar started the night Omarion and his team arrived in Namibia when people noticed that he was not collected in private transport.

    There was media meet and greet the following day which the singer couldn't attend due to the fact that he was preparing for the concert. People expressed their disappointment and saw it as a disregard from the artist. The event organiser Loneson Mondo says he got little cooperation from Omarion's team for his arrival in the country.

    “Omarion's management opted for the paid-for transport because of safety reasons and we provided just that for them.

    His management did not believe that his absence at the press conference would have such a huge impact on the number of attendees for the show,” said Mondo.

    As if that was it, a rumour started circulating on social media and at the venue that the RnB artist had shared to his social media platforms that he will not be performing anymore.

    This caused several people not to show up. To make matters worse, the billboard in town was torn in the middle.

    “Not everyone can be happy with what you are doing or what you want to accomplish no matter how noble the cause. Some will keep their negative feelings to themselves, while others while lash out in the best way they can,” said Mondo.

    The show however went on with only a couple of hundred in attendance as opposed to the thousands anticipated.

    The local acts including gospel songbird Maranatha, Swart Baster, Paul Da Prince, TKB, Tate Butti and headliner Freeda gave it their all. Tate Butti sang his hit song Ek Wari Fokol and dedicated it to everyone who believed he wasn't worthy to perform on the same stage with Omarion.

    Omarion hit the stage and mesmerised the crowd with mad dance moves and beloved throwback and current songs.

    “There are not a lot of artists who take the risk of coming down and really being personal with their fans in such a faraway land.

    I just want you guys to understand that I respect the culture and I love the love I am getting and I appreciate it all,” he said.

    The concert which cost millions of dollars to put together was meant to raise funds for the Nursing Excellency Awards to take place next year. Mondo says this is just the beginning as they will still bring in more international acts starting early next year. ”We are passionate about music and we want Namibia to have access to A-listers from America. We will use our diverse network and contacts in Hollywood to make it a point that we 'shrink' the distance between Namibia and USA,” he said. Industry experts say the concert would have been a success had the organisers included more people who are experienced in organising events to help instead of working on a small scale.



    June Shimuoshili

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: Networking 101
  • Networking 101Networking 101 1. Resist the urge to arrive late. It's almost counter-intuitive, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side. As a first attendee, you'll notice that it's calmer and quieter – and people won't have settled into groups yet. It's easier to find other people who don't have conversation partners yet.

    2. Ask easy questions. Don't wait around the edges of the room, waiting for someone to approach you. To get the conversation started, simply walk up to a person or a group, and say, "May I join you" or "What brings you to this event?" Don't forget to listen intently to their replies. If you're not a natural extrovert, you're probably a very good listener – and listening can be an excellent way to get to know a person.

    3. Ditch the sales pitch. Remember, networking is all about relationship building. Keep your exchange fun, light and informal – you don't need to do the hard sell within minutes of meeting a person. The idea is to get the conversation started. People are more apt to do business with – or partner with – people whose company they enjoy. If a potential customer does ask you about your product or service, be ready with an easy description of your company. Before the event, create a mental list of recent accomplishments, such as a new client you've landed or project you've completed. That way, you can easily pull an item off that list and into the conversation.

    4. Share your passion. Win people over with your enthusiasm for your product or service. Leave a lasting impression by telling a story about why you were inspired to create your company. Talking about what you enjoy is often contagious, too. When you get other people to share their passion, it creates a memorable two-way conversation.

    5. Smile. It's a simple – but often overlooked – rule of engagement. By smiling, you'll put your nervous self at ease, and you'll also come across as warm and inviting to others. Remember to smile before you enter the room, or before you start your next conversation. And if you're really dreading the event? Check the negative attitude at the door.

    6. Don't hijack the conversation. Some people who dislike networking may overcompensate by commandeering the discussion. Don't forget: The most successful networkers (think of those you've met) are good at making other people feel special. Look people in the eye, repeat their name, listen to what they have to say, and suggest topics that are easy to discuss. Be a conversationalist, not a talker.

    7. Remember to follow up. It's often said that networking is where the conversation begins, not ends. If you've had a great exchange, ask your conversation partner the best way to stay in touch. Some people like email or phone; others prefer social networks like LinkedIn. Get in touch within 48 hours of the event to show you're interested and available, and reference something you discussed, so your contact remembers you.



    Source: entrepreneur.com

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: It begins with all of us
  • It begins with all of usIt begins with all of us One love, let's get together and be alright. This song is sung by so many but only a few know what it really means. About what the song is actually telling us to do and consider. This past weekend I learned that all of us in our own capacities are able to help in areas where we do not necessarily benefit. We have the power to make things go right or wrong. It was very sad for me to witness as people tore the Omarion concert event organisers into pieces with nasty tweets and Facebook updates just when the concert was announced. This carried on long even after he had performed and has already probably forgotten about Namibia.

    Let us support each other's hustles and creativities guys. What I'm referring to is all of us getting involved with organisations and helping to create awareness for the entertainment industry at large. The sad thing is that I have realised that Namibians are so happy to see someone fail and then feel sorry when things fall apart. Why are we these people though? Unfortunately we don't realise the consequences our actions have at the end of the day. Event organisers must also be open and willing to being helped. No one can do it alone, even Jesus had 12 disciples to help him spread the word of God.

    Can we please give each other just a little space and a chance to either succeed or fail? Sometimes people really go out of their way not for the fame or money but for the passion for the industry. In the end we really end up hurting ourselves - at large - as opposed to the organisers losing a few bucks here and there. People out there have great ideas but for as long as there are vultures whose only job is to criticise and mock people into dropping their ideas, nothing will add value to the industry.

    Lastly, please let's try to be safe this weekend as we witness the second Windhoek Fashion Festival. Good luck to the organisers, models and the designers for showcasing Namibian talent, yet again. We know last year wasn't so smooth but hopefully there were lessons learnt within, to make this one great. The Jazz Festival is also happening this week. Congratulations to the local artists who will be gracing the stage and representing Namibia on such an incredible platform.



    June Shimuoshili



    june@namibiansun.com

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: Let your voice be heard
  • Let your voice be heardLet your voice be heardHow to become a professional speaker in Namibia Welcome to an association that represents people who want to use their talent of speaking professionally and earn a living off it. Did you know that there is an association in Namibia for professional speakers? The Professional Speakers Association of Namibia (PSAN) is a body that is recognised globally and which was set up to help people to become better speakers, to help them grow personally, or to help their business grow in Namibia. Initiated last year by a member from the South African body, PSAN has today taught countless people in the speaking profession to be well articulated. “You get local masters of ceremonies with radio and TV background who barely get petrol money from events they hosted while at the same event an international will walk away with a couple of thousands. We decided to establish a body that emphasises and develops the talent in Namibia,” said Sigi Lange, the chairperson.

    There is no age restriction and everyone is more than welcome. The different kinds of membership include the candidate members which has aspiring speakers, the professional speaker's membership that consists of practicing speakers who need a little boost and the last one which is designed for organisation trainers and consultants. PSAN hosts three themed annual conferences that show the direction of how the organisation will enlighten their members. “This year's theme is authentic. If you have emotional debt then it will steal from you and disable you from speaking better so once all of that emotional side is covered trust me, you will do so great,” said Lange. The last conferences of the financial year will be hosted year next year with confirmed international speakers from Holland, Singapore and South Africa, to mention a few.

    Potential members apply online and should they meet the requirements they are awarded membership. This is because once a person has obtained their membership they get perks such as the authority to use PSAN logos, are invited to speak at conferences internationally or to attend conferences on a discounted price. “The members are also added to Espeakers which is a search engine for speakers internationally and is used to look for people,” said Lange. Membership details are on their social media platforms.

    June Shimuoshili

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    How to know you're doing a good job (without hearing the words How to know you're doing a good job (without hearing the words "good job") 1. You’re Given More Responsibility A good manager isn’t going to pile more work onto someone whom they believe is struggling with their current workload. So, while it’d be awesome if new assignments came coupled with, “I picked this for you because you’re doing such a great job with everything else!” that’s often what it means.

    2. You’re Given More Autonomy You know that a key reason why leaders micromanage is because they feel the employee isn’t meeting expectations. And if you follow that logic—that bosses hover over those whose abilities they question—you can see where the opposite would be true, too.

    To put in plain: If you’re right on target (or better yet, exceeding expectations) every time your manager checks in, then they won’t feel the need to do so as often.

    3. You’re Given More Visibility The best bosses find opportunities for their people to learn by doing. But they also know when they need their best foot (read: employee) forward. Who are they going to ask to run the account for a high-profile client or represent the company at a conference?

    Someone who they have complete faith in, and who they think represents the company in the very best light. Without a doubt, when you’re asked to speak on behalf of your team, it’s because your boss thinks you’re doing a great job.

    You may’ve noticed a common theme across these three items: They all boil down to trust. Before your boss asks you to take more on, self-direct your work, or represent the organization to someone important; they have to believe that you’re up to the task. And if that’s where you’re at, pat yourself on the back. You deserve it!

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    Amateur entertainers have got itAmateur entertainers have got itEmbracing talent from a young age Grade 7 learners showcased what magic they can create on stage in the name of art. Have you ever pictured the entertainment industry in the next 20 years and wondered who the future generation entertainers will be? All I can say is that from the amount of talented young'ens, we have nothing to worry about.

    This week, tjil looks at the importance of talent shows and what they mean to building confidence and people finding (and honing) their talent from a young age.

    The Holy Cross Convent School in Windhoek hosted their talent show recently which revealed the learners' secret gifts.

    The acts prepared included acting, dancing and reciting poetry, to the extent of the learners hosting the entire event by themselves.

    The ability to stand out at a talent show takes a lot of guts as the crowd is huge and usually filled with critical learners.

    English reality television judge Simon Cowell however says the definition of talent is that everyone's got to be perfect and it's not. “I find that very difficult to define.

    Having the ability to entertain well is one thing.



    Charisma's really important.

    But being remembered, I'd say, is probably the most important thing nowadays; you've got to have something people remember you by,” he said.

    Art enthusiast and mentor for the learners Yolande Tait stressed the importance of discovering an artist's talent at a young age saying this is vital in adding value to the entertainment industry in the long run.

    The talent show at convent was hosted by the grade 7s as a farewell to the school, and of course, also for the teacher in charge to share their talent to their guardians, established artists and the parents.

    “What we aim to do is to instil the culture of art in them whilst they are still young and for them to discover their talents.

    You never know, we could get actors because of this day.

    That is very important to me,” she said. The learners have to audition and only a few are chosen to grace the stage that night.

    Tait says talent shows bring community members together and help support artistic children by encouraging them to be proud of their gifts.

    In a case where a learner stands out of the performing arts, Tait says she, with the consent of the parents, gets hold of established artists to see the learners and should they see the talent they take the learners on and mentor them.

    She also believes that Namibian artists can be sustained by their careers provided they plan strategically and not go in the industry for fame and status. “Namibia is indeed limited but if it is your dream then you can make a plan.

    There are platforms such as the Collage of Arts and Unam media departments that help people materialise their goals and succeeded in their talent field.

    The routes are there. It's about taking initiative and letting that guide you,” she said.

    Tait further said that for arts to be a respected industry those that are in it currently and those that are upcoming, must show how important it is to the elders so they start blessing their children to become great artists that can be very successful. In the past being an artist was a taboo but slowly that mentality is fading away.

    “Being an artist's isn't just being able to sing, it's the beautiful portraits in the offices and so much more.

    Once we show these people what we can do doors will definitely open,” she concluded.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Interview questions about your career plans and aspirationsInterview questions about your career plans and aspirations When you’re interviewing for a new job, recruiters will generally try to figure out if the job will be a good fit given your projected career path. You may encounter questions about how a particular position fits in with your career plan. This kind of question will also help a recruiter see whether or not you plan to stay at the company long-term, or hope to move on quickly.

    How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Career Aspirations

    The interviewer may simply ask why you are interested in the job or why you want to work at the company to extract this information, or they might ask a direct question like "How does this job fit in with your career plan?" Other ways this question may be phrased include:

    Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? What are your goals for the future? What are you looking for in your next job?

    Again, your interviewer's main goal with this question is to determine if you're a good fit — does this job make sense given your long-term career strategy? Will you stick around in the position for a reasonable amount of time? Are your ambitions reasonable, and in line with the company/industry? Develop your answer accordingly.

    Consider Why You Want the Job

    Before the interview, think carefully about your career aspirations. Even if you do not have a specific career goal, you may have an industry you are interested in working in, or a set of skills you hope to develop. Then, reread the job listing, and think of ways in which the requirements and responsibilities of the job will prepare you for those goals. You will need to make a strong case for what appeals to you about the job for which you are interviewing, while also addressing your future aspirations.

    Be careful how you frame your response if you are using this job as a stepping-stone to a higher level job within your career path. Make sure your time frame for occupying the initial job is sufficient to add value in that role. Generally, three to five years will make sense for most jobs.

    What to Avoid

    This type of question presents some potential pitfalls for candidates if they are not careful.

    Avoid answers that place emphasis on salary, location, and even the company, since employers typically want a candidate who is well qualified for and motivated to pursue the job itself. Keep the focus on your career — now is not the time to share ambitions related to your family or personal life.

    Perhaps you're unsure of your precise career plans (this step-by-step guide to setting career goals can help!). That can make forming an answer challenging. If that's the case, focus on the skills you hope to use as part of your career.

    Examples of the Best Answers

    I am looking for a way to transfer my writing, media relations, event planning skills, and public relations expertise to a position within healthcare. I am fascinated by the trends in healthcare and have a family background in medicine so the prospect of working for a hospital is very appealing to me. Ultimately, I have an interest in managing a communications operation at a hospital but I see that as a few years down the road after I have further honed my skills. I have always loved sales and thrived on the excitement of landing new clients and competing with my peers. Your position is attractive since it would provide the opportunity for me to enhance relationships with current major clients while also pursuing new customers. I want to stay in sales for the foreseeable future. My goal will be to become one of the leading account managers on your staff, recognized as a product expert with a strong track record for satisfying customers.

    As you can see from my background, I have spent the past three years since graduate school as an HR generalist. During this time, I have enjoyed my work in recruiting the most, so I am looking to specialize in the employment arena with a company like yours that has a large recruitment operation. Ultimately, maybe 3 - 5 years down the road, I would love to direct a recruiting operation at a major company, as long as I could keep my hands in some of the activities I enjoy, like interviewing candidates. Source: thebalance.com

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    Team Indongo Toyota kitted to conquerTeam Indongo Toyota kitted to conquerRiders raring to go Efforts are redoubled as the Desert Dash looms. “To have the opportunity to represent them (Indongo Toyota) at an event of the scale, is an honour and helps to keep us motivated when the riding gets rough and lonely out there.” Andre de Klerk, Solo rider The Nedbank Desert Dash has the reputation for being one of the world's most awe-inspiring rides. While that may be true, it's also infamous for being one of the world's longest and most challenging 24-hour endurance cycling races known to man. In fact, at 369 km, it's the longest single-stage solo 24-hour endurance race mountain-biking event in the world.

    It all started out as a fun trip, when founder Aidan Delange and some friends decided to have a social cycle from Windhoek to Swakopmund. Now, they took it easy and camped along the way, but on their way back the idea of a gnarly 24-hour endurance race was born.

    After gaining a cult-following and solidifying its name as yet another hallmark in Namibia's hard-as-nails national indentity, the Nedbank Desert Dash went on to become an coveted notch on the handlebars of mountain-biking enthusiasts, the world over.

    In recent years, the number of applications from solo cyclists increased so dramatically, that they had to be capped to 100, and even this year, the online booking war was so intense, that it sold out in just 38 seconds!

    Republikein recently caught up with the teams from Indongo Toyota, when they officially received their sponsorship for this year's event.



    Key Sponsor

    “Indongo Toyota is once again a key sponsor for the Nedbank Desert Dash 2017,” said Derick Bester, group business vevelopment manager.

    “There are 2 Indongo Toyota Teams that entered this year and Indongo Toyota is sponsoring various vehicles and financial back up for riders and organizers for the Nedbank Desert Dash to ensure that we do our part to make this extra-special yearly sporting event, a success,” he added.

    In addition to the material and logistical support Indongo Toyota will be assisting them with, they have also sweetend the deal by pledging to sponsor a brand new Toyota Aygo to one of the competitors from their team as a reward.

    “Indongo Toyota will also sponsor a new Toyota vehicle to one rider as a grand prize through a lucky draw. This is show them show how proud we are to be associated with our team of incredible athletes who take part in this prestigous,” he added.

    The teams are made up of Michelle Döhman, Frans-Antonie Gerber, Andre de Klerk, Eddie Viljoen, Ettienne Döhman and Janine de Klerk, who are all returning riders, bar de Klerk.

    “It's really a privilege to have the backing of such a prestigious organisation. The Indongo Group and Indongo Toyota in particular are hugely respected companies and to have the opportunity to represent them at an event of the scale, is an honour and helps to keep us motivated when the riding gets rough and lonely out there,” said Andre de Klerk, whose taking on the Dash solo again this year, adding that thanks to consistent training throughout the year and a few other long-course events, the team feels confident that they are adequately prepared, both mentally and physically.



    Two wheels and one light in the twilight

    When asked what the most memorable thing of the Dash was, they all agreed that while the camaraderie throughout the event is amazing and that your first Windhoek Draught when you finally reach the finish is the sweetest one you'll ever taste in your life, it's the ride through the night is really stays with you.

    “It's the most incredible experience riding at night. The sky is huge and spectacularly bright with stars,” Michelle Döhman, a returning member of Team Indongo Toyota.

    “And except for the sound of your wheels on the ground, there's an absolute silence and riding through the pitch dark, it really is something that's too special to describe,” she added.

    “Special” is one way to describe this epic exhibition of human spirit, mental toughness and physical performance that the Nedbank Desert Dash has become known for, but one thing is for sure, in 35 days, teams will have to back up their words on their bikes. Thankfully Indongo Toyota vehicles will be right there to support the participants on this epic edition of the one of the most gruelling 24-hours races in existence when it kicks off on 8 December 2017.

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: DTA's road to change
  • DTA's road to changeDTA's road to change The DTA's rebranding effort has been welcomed by many and it will be interesting to see how the party reorients itself to respond to changing times. Under youthful leader McHenry Venaani, the DTA is arguably one of the most active political parties in the country at the moment. In the National Assembly, the party continues to ensure that the government of the day remains answerable to the public at all times. It has also put the spotlight on serious bread and butter issues, as well as rampant corruption in both the public and private sector.

    The party has also shown leadership in addressing issues surrounding the contentious land debacle including the most recent illegal house demolitions in Katima Mulilo that left many without a place to call home.

    The rebranding of the DTA really comes at an opportune time especially at a time when the ruling party, Swapo, is confronted with negative sentiments, including poor leadership within the party, among other challenges.

    In Venaani, the DTA has a matured young politician whose political acumen often leaves his rivals green with envy. The expectation is that the party will now benefit greatly from this political acumen in a constructive way. Make no mistake, the party has also other sharp leaders who are pulling the strings behind the scenes and who we think will be instrumental in selling the party's philosophy better.

    The 2019 general elections will be an exciting contest especially between Swapo and the new-look DTA.

    There are even those who support Swapo who appear to have a soft spot for Venaani. The bottom line is the Venaani-led party is up against a well-oiled machine in the form of Swapo.

    The ruling party has active structures at section, district and branch levels in all 14 regions and 121 constituencies in the country - a feat the opposition can only dream of.

    Consolidating its position as the official opposition would be a big achievement, but its major challenge is whether it will be able to get increased support with its new political direction.

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: I am a Facebook millionaire
  • I am a Facebook millionaireI am a Facebook millionaire A couple of years ago, I was tempted into joining Facebook after being told that the current information highway literally runs through this social networking site, and, as a journalist, I felt obliged to join the highway at the earliest on-ramp.



    I, however, knew that if I were to be my real self on this social networking platform, no-one would even look at my profile twice, so I adopted a new image and personality. Yeah, I changed my screen name from the boring ‘Charles Vanguaa Tjatindi’ to ‘Charlie, the Magician’. The tagline on my profile now reads “Ladies, let the nation’s best magician turn your dreams into reality”.



    Eish, I didn’t know there were so many women bored with their lives - I got requests from all corners of Namibia, the Canary Island and Bosnia Herzegovina. By the way, where in the world is Guyana? Nevertheless, I enjoyed the attention I got every time I updated my status with a lame line like ‘Rome was not built in a day’.



    My lady friends would jump on the commenting bandwagon, with outrageous comments that explain why libraries are mostly empty in Epako and Katutura. Someone would write “… I know honey, hang in there and you will make it”, or “What seems to be the problem?” – in response to my status update. Another would remark “Bra, what happened to that chick you were with last night, please inbox me.”



    Only on Facebook do I get to drive a BMW X9 (yeah, it’s on the market, and I am the only Namibian owning one!), sip on expensive wine and have a bottle of Evian mineral water by my side all the time. Since no one really knows me, I get to be philosophical in my comments and ‘always there to lend a helping ear’ to some lady in distress. Oh yeah, I even overheard someone saying “that Charlie from Facebook is so romantic!”



    Meet me in public and I will embarrassingly ignore you - I do not know you! That is because you are not supposed to find out what I have been keeping away from the Facebook screens – that I hold a menial job, have no friends and have never heard of caviar or shrimps! You see, on Facebook, I am ‘Charlie’, in real life I am ‘Charlie’ – see the difference?



    So, never confuse one with the other – the difference is glaringly clear! As in a major Mel Gibson blockbuster where you could swear you saw Mel Gibson’s victim immediately get up and run off-camera after being ‘shot dead’; the Facebook however also has its own share of unintentional hilarious moments.



    For instance, I know of dudes that hate my guts in real life, but would have me under their best buddies group on FB. Perhaps this is what they mean by keeping your friends near and your enemies even nearer! Worst of all, one would have non-performing friends that have sadly become part of the Facebook furniture. Even if such friends come online, all they will type is a “Hi”, to which you would reply “Hey, dude. What’s happening? It’s been long since I heard from you. Are you alive?”



    To the whiskers of Da Vinci’s cat, the brother would answer with a dry ‘Yes’.

    Eish, it is painful see a dude going on Facebook to wish his mother a happy birthday. I mean, dude, just go over to her room - it is right next to yours and wish her in person! Sorry, but we all know by now that you are almost off the calendar and still live with ‘mummy’. We also know that in real life, you do not even know when your mom’s birthday is! It’s an open secret.



    Then there are the numerous groups to join ranging from “Let’s pray for Michael Jackson’s soul to go to heaven”, to “Namibians who are against the emancipation of global warming, deforestation and chocolate lovers!” to which one gets invited regularly. People would ‘like’ almost anything you utter on Facebook by clicking on the ‘Like’ bar – even when you announce the death of a loved one!

    That is why my new screen name will be ‘Nobody’; so every time I ‘like’ a friend’s status, it reads “Nobody likes this”!



    Until then …



    tjatindi@gmail.com

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    Daily habits to save more timeDaily habits to save more time How many of us leave the office each evening thinking, “It’s after 6 PM—is this really all I’ve completed?” If the frustration stopped there, it’d be one thing, but the fact is, the lack of check marks on our to-do lists haunts us at night. We wake up with anxiety, thinking about everything we’re supposed to get done the next day. We can’t stop obsessing about work even when we’re outside of the office.

    1. Practice Meditation

    I know it seems counterproductive to spend 20 minutes of your precious time quietly seated in a half-lotus position. However, meditation’s been scientifically proven to clear your mind and help you to concentrate better. According to a study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, meditation was found to have a positive effect on improving focus. The study showed that participants displayed less “mind wandering” post training.

    The goal of it is to stop thinking, worrying, obsessing. As you bring your mind back to simply being present, you strengthen the brain. The more you practice this kind of quiet returning to the present, forcing the wandering thoughts out and away, the easier it becomes to control your thoughts each day.



    2. Say Goodbye to Multitasking

    It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that the human brain’s not meant to do multiple things at once and that this well-intentioned behavior ends up causing both anxiety and stress.

    In an interview with the PBS documentary series, Frontline, Professor Clifford Nass discussed a groundbreaking study that said multitaskers fared poorly at ignoring irrelevant information and therefore were increasingly susceptible to distractions. It’s time to stop ignoring the research.

    It’s tough to dedicate our attention to one thing at a time. While there are many strategies out there to do this, the one that I suggest you start with is The Pomodoro Technique. It’s a time-management program with four basic tenets: work with time and not against it, eliminate burnout, manage distractions, and encourage work-life balance.

    Here’s how it works: For 25 minutes, you focus on one task. At the end of the time block, you take a break for three to five minutes. After four of these sessions, you take an extended break of 15 to 20 minutes. Forced to work hard without distraction within a reasonable amount of time before getting a break has been shown to cut multitasking tendencies and help you accomplish more.

    3. Take Actual Breathing Breaks

    This is another suggestion that seems counterproductive. Why take breaks if you’re looking to save time? Because breaks, used with the Pomodoro technique as well, are essential to keeping your mind fresh. Taking time to breathe slows down the race, the craze. When you’re working super hard for long periods of time, how often do you look up and say “Wow, where did time go? Time flies!” These moments help you keep an eye on the clock, as well as recharge your energy levels.

    According to a recent article in Harvard Health Publications, the “fight or flight” response is often prompted by job worries possibly leading to health problems such as high blood pressure, susceptibility to illness, anxiety and depression. One way to possibly combat this trigger is to practice deep breathing; it slows blood flow, stabilizes blood pressure, calms the heart beat, and decreases stressors.

    When you’re feeling stressed about a project or following a tense meeting with your team, take a moment to calm yourself down with a few deep breaths: Slowly inhale through the nose, fill the lungs with oxygen, allowing the chest and lower belly to rise. Let the abdomen fully expand. Then breathe all the way out slowly through the nose.

    This is you and your breath—no phone, social media, or other internet activities—just three straight minutes of breathing in and out. At the end of it, you should feel invigorated and better able to focus on the work in front of you. Source: themuse.com

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Cryptocurrencies' total value hits record high

    The aggregate value of all cryptocurrencies hit a record high of around US$184 billion on Wednesday, according to industry website Coinmarketcap, making their reported market value worth around the same as that of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley combined.

    The new peak came as the biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, bitcoin, hit a record high of more than US$6 500. That took its own "market cap" - its price multiplied by the number of coins that have been released into circulation - to a record high just shy of US$110 billion.

    The latest surge in bitcoin - which has seen an eye-watering increase of almost 800% in the past 12 months – was driven by news on Tuesday that CME Group, the world's largest derivative exchange operator, would launch bitcoin futures in the fourth quarter of the year. – Nampa/Reuters

    StanChart’s pretax profit spikes by 78%

    Higher expenses and flat revenues overshadowed better than expected quarterly profit for Standard Chartered.

    Pretax profit jumped 78% from the third quarter of last year to US$814 million. Loan impairment charges fell 42% y-o-y as the bank avoided heavy losses from private equity and bad loans that hit earnings a year ago.

    The bank's core capital ratio, another closely-watched measure of financial strength, fell from 13.8% at the end of June to 13.6%, reducing the chance of the bank resuming dividend payments this year. – Nampa/Reuters

    Heineken ups game in Ivory Coast

    Heineken wants to double its beer production in Ivory Coast by next year as it bids to compete with French company Castel in a booming market.

    Beer consumption in Africa's fastest growing economy has increased since the end of a decade-long political crisis in 2011, and Castel dominates sales with its popular Castel, Flag and Solibra Bock brands.

    By doubling the capacity of the Brassivoire brewery Heineken hopes to take a greater share. Total investment in the brewery is expected to hit 100 billion CFA francs. – Nampa/Reuters

    Sony’s shares at nine-year high

    Shares in Sony Corp soared to a nine-year high on Wednesday after it forecast record earnings that have vindicated its restructuring efforts and raised expectations of sustained momentum in profitability.

    Citing robust sales of image sensors as well as high-end TVs, Sony hiked its full-year operating profit outlook to 630 billion yen (US$5.5 billion), up 26% from an earlier forecast and 7.5% higher than an average analyst estimate.

    The new forecast is 20% above its current profit record, set two decades ago when strong sales of consumer electronics dovetailed with the popularity of its first PlayStation games console and its "Men in Black" box-office hit. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Nurses threaten to abandon Queen Sofia clinicNurses threaten to abandon Queen Sofia clinic Nurses stationed at the Thomas Adam Sheya Clinic on the Queen Sofia government resettlement farm have threatened to abandon the clinic due to the water crisis there.

    The clinic is situated approximately 75 kilometres east of Outjo in the Kunene Region.

    The two nurses, Niita Joseph and Monalise Kapi this week told Nampa the situation has become unbearable.

    Joseph, the nurse in charge, said the clinic has had no water since 18 October this year. “The clinic is filthy, toilets smell, our uniforms are dirty and we touch sick people without washing our hands. It is not supposed to be like that, and we are risking our health,” she said.

    Joseph said the management of the health directorate at Outjo and Opuwo have both been informed repeatedly about the situation.

    The clinic pumps water from a community borehole.

    Joseph said they have, however, been unable to load electricity units on the token they use for the pump to start running to pump water into the clinic's tank. Kapi said the clinic is new and was officially inaugurated in April this year by deputy health minister Juliet Kavetuna on behalf of health minister, Bernard Haufiku.

    She said the clinic and two houses for the nurses were constructed at a cost of over N$13 million.

    “We will wait for this week to see what they have for us. I would rather go back home than to be here in the bush with no water,” she said.

    The chief administrative officer for the Outjo district, Magdalena Losper on Wednesday told Nampa she knows about the problem, but does not discuss health matters with the media. Dr Alice Kabongo, the acting senior medical officer who visited the clinic on Tuesday, on Wednesday referred this journalist to the Kunene regional health director, Thomas Shapumba for all questions related to hospitals in her area of jurisdiction. Shapumba on his part said he was never informed of the water crisis at the Thomas Adam Sheya Clinic and promised to find out from Kabongo.

    Nampa on Wednesday visited the clinic at Queen Sofia and found patients and nurses using the bush when nature calls. The toilets were filthy.

    NAMPA

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  • 11/02/17--15:00: Nam to feel bird flu pinch
  • Nam to feel bird flu pinchNam to feel bird flu pinchPrices will increase, shortages will worsen The Western Cape, the source of most of Namibia's chicken and egg imports, has been unable to bring their bird flu outbreak under control. The outbreak of bird flu in South Africa has now spread to more than 90 locations raising fears that there may be a shortage of chicken products and eggs, especially for exports.

    Outbreaks of bird flu (H5N8) in seven of the nine provinces in South Africa may have catastrophic effects on the livelihood of some farmers in that country, creating egg shortages and pushing up prices. It is predicted that it will take at least another six months for the industry to recover after the outbreak is contained. The outbreak is still not under control.

    While Namibia has banned all poultry products from South Africa in October following the outbreak, it remains one of the biggest importers of poultry products from South Africa.

    Chief veterinary officer in Namibia's agriculture ministry, Milton Masheke, told Namibian Sun yesterday that Namibia will be significantly impacted by the shortage of eggs.

    “Namibia imports a lot of eggs from South Africa although these products are banned at the moment.”

    He said it is for this reason that the ministry has urged Namibian importers to diversify from South Africa and import from other countries that are free of the disease.

    According to Masheke they have been briefed by South Africa on the current situation.

    “There are two clusters of the outbreak, in the north and the south, and it is this northern cluster in the Western Cape that is spreading rapidly. This is also which is an important import location for Namibia, but they do not have it under control.”

    Masheke added that the 'compartments' South Africa created are also not working and the disease is also spreading there.

    “We are not satisfied that the disease is under control and we have to protect our industry.” According to him, Namibia imports eggs for both fertilisation, and table eggs, as well as a wide range of other chicken products such as broilers, meat and feed.

    The department of agriculture in South Africa last week released new information that since the first case of bird flu was recorded in Mpumalanga in June, a number of other poultry and ostrich operations, as well as wild bird species, hobby birds and backyard chickens have been infected.

    To date, a total of 92 locations in South Africa have been identified that tested positive for bird flu, and the outbreak has been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health. Mpumalanga province has reported a total of 11 outbreaks, Gauteng 13, North West two, Free State two, KwaZulu Natal one; Eastern Cape one and 61 in the Western Cape.

    Only two provinces in South Africa, Limpopo and the Northern Cape Province, have not been affected.

    According to the department of agriculture in South Africa, the largest numbers of bird flu outbreaks have been on commercial farms and the highest numbers of wild bird outbreaks have been reported in the Western Cape Province.

    The outbreak of bird flu has wiped out more than 15% of South Africa's layer hens.

    This has resulted in the prospect of hefty price increases due to the resultant shortage in table eggs.

    The mass culling of laying hens will also affect South Africa's export of table eggs to countries like Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

    Meanwhile, South Africa's ministry of agriculture second quarter performance report, indicated that poultry exports decreased by 9% during the quarter.

    The ministry also reported that overall importation of poultry products recorded 2 818 tons compared to 3 082 tons in the first quarter.

    “The decline is attributed to the outbreak of the avian influenza in some parts of South Africa,” said the report. The report further said as a result of the influenza viral outbreaks in South Africa and Mozambique; the country experienced a significant drop in imported hatching eggs and chicks and this affected placements for broiler production.

    The main countries of destination for South African exports of eggs and egg products during the second quarter of this year were Mozambique (73.8 % of exports), Lesotho (7.1 %), Swaziland (7.0 %), Zimbabwe (5.0 %) and Namibia (4.0 %).

    According to the South African Poultry Association, the main destination countries for poultry exports are Lesotho (28.7%), Mozambique (28.7%), Namibia (21.9%), Botswana (5.5%), Zambia (4.6%), Zimbabwe (4.5%) and Swaziland (2.6%).

    Statistics indicate that while Namibia's poultry industry has grown over the past few years, by 2013 it only produced 12 480 tons of chicken meat.

    The Namibian Poultry Association earlier this year said that local consumption is about 2 500 tons per month, of which it can supply between 1 800 to 1 900 tons per month.

    In 2013, Namibia produced 2 300 tonnes of eggs locally.

    Shortages of certain products in franchises such as KFC continue as all imports are banned.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Core competencies to look out forCore competencies to look out for Want to understand the meaning of core competencies when they are associated with business? They’re intimately entwined in understanding and predicting which employees will become your superstars.

    Every business needs to plan for the future, and that means figuring out early on which employees have high potential and then coaching and training them so that when a high-level position opens up, you have an employee ready to take over.



    Of course, this is always a gamble—you don't know who will quit after you've spent money training them—and you don't know when the right positions will open up. And, most troubling is, the person who is performing as a superstar in a low-level job may or may not have what it takes to perform like a superstar in a senior level job. Remember, doing the job is different from managing employees or processes.

    One way to help you figure out who the best and the brightest employees are now is to focus on core competencies. They can predict who may perform like a superstar in the future.

    1. Written CommunicationDoes your business excel at explaining things via writing? So many companies today rely on written communication to get their messages across—whether it is through formal proposals or a blog on the company website. An employee who has strong writing skills as a core competency can be a person who has high potential.

    They can communicate effectively and clearly without error and can write content that is geared to the needs of the audience they are addressing.



    It's much easier to identify a low or mid level person with this skill and train them on other leadership qualities than it is to send an executive to a remedial writing course.

    2. Building Collaborative RelationshipsEvery business depends on relationships—whether internal or external. A person with this core competency helps your business. What makes a relationship collaborative? An employee who exhibits the ability to build collaborative relationships expresses interest in other people, takes the time to get to know coworkers, supports other people in the accomplishment of their goals, and develops two-way relationships.

    This core competency is critical for every function from management to sales, finance, customer service, and human resources. People who succeed, your superstars, understand that in order to accomplish their work mission, they must build collaborative relationships with key employee alliances.

    3. Diagnostic Information GatheringWhen a problem occurs in your organization, a high potential person with this core competency sets out to solve it in an analytical way. She not only fixes the problem but gathers information that explains how the problem happened in the first place.

    This involves talking to people, asking questions to get information, not jumping to conclusions, and making a well-reasoned decision. This core competency is especially critical to senior leaders in human resources and customer service roles. Both require intensive information gathering, even in situations when people aren't willing to immediately offer up the whole truth.

    4. Technical ExpertiseThis core competency has become increasingly more important. The idea that a person who is at the top of the organization needs to have her emails printed out is laughable today. But technical expertise is so much more—a person with this competency looks for technical solutions to complex problems but also understands that technology doesn't solve everything.

    She keeps up on technological changes in her field and isn't afraid to learn new skills. As technical expertise continues to change rapidly, a person only has this core competency if she's willing to learn constantly. So, look for an individual who is technically savvy and not afraid of change.

    5. Self-ConfidenceA successful leader needs to have confidence in herself. Self-confidence also means that you can respond to correction or negative feedback without becoming completely devastated. An employee who has self-confidence speaks up when needed and keeps her mouth shut when it's not necessary for her to speak up.

    If an employee is willing to speak up but not to shut up, that's not self-confidence. That's a sign for you that the person isn't sure their ideas can withstand a little discussion. Or it's a red flag that the person feels that their way is the only right way. Neither is a confidence builder that the individual has the core competency of self-confidence.

    6. Personal CredibilityWell, Steve is a great salesperson, but be careful, or he'll dump his entire workload on you. Have you known someone like that? That person may have great sales skills but isn't someone you want to put on the high potential path. You need people who are honest and trustworthy. Someone who everyone knows will do the right thing.

    7. Forward ThinkingIn order to be a leader, you have to think about tomorrow. Being good at thinking about today makes you a good worker, but thinking towards tomorrow makes you a high potential person. This core competency involves looking at the industry as a whole, not just your business or your department. This means constant development. You want to promote an employee who figures out what is going on now and how to handle things in the future.

    To do this, you need to provide broad information, learning experiences, developmental opportunities, and mentoring from your experienced superstars.

    These are seven core competencies that apply to most businesses, but there are certainly others that may apply to yours. Identify the core competencies that are the ones critical for your business. Then take a look at your current employees and identify which employees have these skills and put them on your high potential track.

    If you see your business needs competencies which people don't have, those are the competencies you need to look for when you recruit employees.

    You may be tempted to hire just for today's needs, but if you want your business to have long-term success, then you need to look for and develop these employee core competencies in all departments. Source: thebalance.com

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    Eenhana re-launches jobseekers databaseEenhana re-launches jobseekers databaseBelgium’s Harelbeke lends helping hand Eenhana has increasingly been challenged by providing employment to residents. EENHANA - The Eenhana Town Council has re-launched its database for jobseekers hunting for opportunities in the local job market.

    The Works Information System (WIS-Eenhana) database was first launched two years ago along with a local employment preference policy, but a number of technical difficulties meant the database could not be used. These have now been resolved and the database is accessible through the council’s website.

    “The database will allow unemployed people to register online, upload their CVs and by so doing, their portfolios will be available to anyone looking to employ someone,” Amos Nangolo, the mayor of Eenhana, said at the re-launch on Wednesday.

    Employers are encouraged to use the database to search for employees.

    Nangolo said his council has increasingly been challenged by providing employment to residents.

    “Council therefore committed itself to advocate for the employment of young people locally and as a result, the local employment preference policy was adopted by council,” he said.

    He said a challenge has always been a lack of clear information on how many jobseekers there are at Eenhana and what qualifications they have so that the council could pinpoint exactly who to target or the type of strategy they can use to advocate for the employment of locals.

    The council conceptualised the idea of creating a database with the City of Harelbeke in Belgium, with which they have a twinning agreement.

    A five member delegation from the City of Harelbeke headed by the mayor, Alain Top, also attended the re-launch and donated three desktop computers and a laptop worth a combined N$42 000.

    The Eenhana Town Council’s head of marketing and local economic development, Ndawedwa Mwandingi, said the computers will be placed at the open market, the Vocational Training Centre and the council offices for use by the public. - Nampa

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