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- 03/04/18--14:00: ‘Economy at turning point’
- 03/04/18--14:00: Nam’s import cover faces declining trend
- 03/04/18--14:00: Jacobs disappointed with pitch
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- 03/05/18--14:00: Wangara Automotive Group: Breaking free of the pack
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Following a strict clampdown on illegal car wash operations for more than the past year by City authorities, notably during the height of water restrictions, recent council agenda minutes show the City is increasingly putting in place measures to improve control of formal and informal car washes.
Emphasis has been placed on accommodating a wide variety of car washes, including formal and informal operations, with the goal of ensuring all comply with water saving and other regulations.
“Today, car washes take many forms in Windhoek, from the formal conventional car washes found at service stations, to small business entrepreneurs using a bucket system to wash cars at informal markets,” minutes from the recent City of Windhoek council meeting showed.
The minutes indicate that City authorities are “aware of the difficult economic conditions under which many of the city's residents live. It is keen to promote initiatives that will lead to increased job opportunities.”
In line with this, the municipality's car wash committee recommended that informal or small businesses “also have to be accommodated in ways that promote economic growth while adhering to certain minimum standards and conditions.”
Four distinct types of car washes have been approved, each with its own set of requirements to comply with in order to be able to operate legally, in addition to general requirements for car wash operations that all are required to adhere to.
Conventional car wash operations “as run by commercial businesses”, was identified as the first type.
Second were car washes operated from residential properties.
“This category will cater for previous informal/illegal car washes from residential erven in mostly the north-western areas of the city.”
According to studies, car washes have mushroomed in the north-western areas of Windhoek as an income-generating activity for many low-income residents.
According to research, 115 car washes were registered at the City of Windhoek recently. According to a January 2017 petition compiled by affected car wash operators in the north-western parts of Windhoek, approximately 300 to 500 car wash operations, many informal, employ more than 2 500 people.
The letter stated that many of these employees were “unskilled or semi-skilled” and the car wash operations provided a critical job option.
The third category officials are looking at is mobile car washes, which have been on the increase in Windhoek and usually operate from either public or private parking areas.
In addition, municipal managed car wash operations, such as the communal car wash sites in Eveline Street and future developments under consideration currently, and the municipal fleet washing bay have been identified as a fourth category.
City officials noted that the “need to manage and control car wash operations” is based on the recent drought and ongoing concerns about water shortages, challenges to monitor and regulate car wash businesses and non-compliance by operators in the industry.
The City recently warned consumers to urgently limit water consumption, following a mediocre inflow of water to the supply dams.
“Should current conditions prevail, the city will be headed towards another critical water shortage phase ... We urge residents to implement water savings measures, so the city doesn't run dry,” the municipality said last week.
Other concerns raised by lack of regulation and oversight of car wash operations include infrastructure built without legal building plans and approval by the municipality, a lack of and under-capacity of sewer infrastructure and damage to sewer systems and spill-over, especially in areas dense with informal car wash operations, onto pavements and streets resulting in damage to infrastructure.
Of 217 sex workers interviewed in 2015 for the 'Hands Off!' programme that examined violence against sex workers in the southern African region, and the implications for their health and well-being, 94% reported some type of violence over a period of one year.
A fact sheet of the results, presented on Friday by the Rights Not Rescue Trust Namibia, showed that clients topped the list of abusers, with nearly 87% of the respondents having experienced violent acts by clients.
The study found a strong correlation between HIV infections and violence, stating that “violence is one of the most important factors affecting the vulnerability of sex workers to HIV/Aids”.
Further, that a reduction of 25% of HIV infections could be achieved among sex workers if physical and sexual violence was reduced.
Rivelino Reinecke, the programme manager at Rights Not Rescue Trust, who presented the study's results on the eve of International Sex Workers Rights Day last Friday, said many Namibians “think they have a right to abuse sex workers because of the illegality of their work”.
Illegality, prejudice basis for abuse
Physical and sexual violence had reportedly been experienced by 93% of the respondents, and 97% reportedly faced discrimination, stigmatisation, and prejudice.
Of those reporting violence, 83% said they were beaten, 87% had been raped, 78% had their earnings stolen and 60% reported that condoms were stolen.
Eighty-one percent of the sex workers accused the police of violent acts against them.
Fourteen percent reported they had experienced stigmatisation or another form of violence by health workers and 42% reported abuse by members of the community in numerous settings.
Reinecke explained that often community members, mostly men, patrolled sex worker hotspots “pretending to be clients” and then assaulted sex workers in the belief that they are “teaching them a lesson”.
Linda Bauman, executive director OutRight Namibia and a LGBTI activist in Namibia, said: “It is evident that over the years sex workers in Namibia have experienced a number of structural challenges that impacts on their realities.”
Prejudice, violence, abuse
Under the banner 'Leaving no one behind', Namibian sex workers on Friday commemorated the international day for sex worker rights in Windhoek, reiterating their demand for decriminalisation of sex work in Namibia.
Mama Africa, the executive director of Rights Not Rescue, called on Namibia to decriminalise sex work and implement policies and strategies to strengthen protections and reduce human rights violations against sex workers.
“As sex workers, we have been violated, oppressed, mistreated, discriminated, stigmatised. But stronger we stand and today we say, we are here to stay,” Mama Africa told those gathered at the event.
The 'Hands Off!' study found that sex workers in Namibia, often reported complex relationships with law enforcement officials.
To prevent arrests, nearly 75% of sex workers claimed they had sex with police officers and 76% claimed they paid bribes to the police.
Sixty-five percent of sex workers reported being arrested on average two times in the past year.
“Sometimes you have police friends. You meet in a club and he likes you or he can be a client. When you're in trouble you can call for assistance,” one study participant claimed.
These, and other factors, contributed to 48% of the 217 sex workers reporting that they never used condoms, 51% reported they “sometimes” used condoms and only 1% always used condoms.
Reinecke described the results on condom use “heart-breaking.”
Of those interviewed, 56% said they were HIV negative, 19% that they were HIV positive and 14% claimed they had never been tested.
Eleven percent did not want to disclose their status.
Discrimination by healthcare workers was also reported as rife.
Ninety percent of sex workers reported that they were “yelled at and stigmatised by a health worker in the past twelve months” and that fear of the stigma they face at health facilities stopped them from seeking medical care.
Hanse-Himarwa served as the Hardap governor between 2005 and 2015, when she was appointed as education minister.
On Friday she issued a statement using the ministry's letterhead after Job Amupanda posted on Facebook that Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa had charged her with corruption but that President Hage Geingob allegedly used his powers to ensure she was not arrested.
In her statement Hanse-Himarwa confirmed the summons, saying it was painful that the actions taken within the scope of her responsibilities and duties as a governor had resulted in the case being brought against her.
“I state categorically that I neither abused my powers, nor was I motivated by a desire for my direct and or indirect benefit. The allegations levelled against me torment my person for a long time as it is difficult to defend yourself in a court of public opinion,” said Hanse-Himarwa. She added that she intended to stay true to the solemn oath she had taken as minister to serve the Namibian people to the best of her ability and to perform the duties of her office with due diligence and dignity.
“I would like to concentrate on my responsibilities as a minister. Furthermore, I will not provide further [comment] on this matter as I have complete faith in the independence of our judiciary and the strength of the evidence which supports my case.”
When asked whether the minister was allowed to use the ministry's letterhead, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director-general Paulus Noa said it was difficult to comment because it was unclear in which capacity she had used it.
He also made it clear that there was no need for her to be arrested, as she was only appearing in the Mariental Magistrate's Court to be informed of the charges she would face in the High Court in Windhoek.
“There is no law that says every person who is charged by the PG must go to court under arrest. Arrest for what? To be humiliated or what? The summons reads that she must make arrangements to appear in court, so it is just a procedure,” he said.
Noa also took a swipe at Namibians for only “making a noise but running away tail between their legs when they are expected to furnish evidence of alleged corruption.”
“There are witnesses, let them come to court and bring their evidence and not just make nose,” he said.
The case has been transferred to the Windhoek High Court, where Hanse-Himarwa will be required to attend a pre-trial conference on 21 June.
Hanse-Himarwa, who appeared by way of a summons and not after being arrested, was warned by magistrate Anna Kruger that she must appear in court in June.
This was confirmed by deputy PG, Nita Meyer, who represented the state in court this morning.
“She appeared in court personally. She is represented by Sisa Namandje, who sent letters and documents to confirm that he is aware of the charge,” said Meyer.
The billions this implies are “ambitious”, the IMF admits in its latest country report. However, “the size of the adjustment is consistent with the authorities’ [government’s] plans and equivalent to the increase in spending observed in recent years”, the IMF says.
The IMF projects a total GDP of N$609 billion over the 2018 to 2020 fiscal years. Five to 6% of this means between N$30 billion and N$37 billion.
In its comprehensive report, following the annual Article IV consultations with Namibia at the end of last year, the IMF says the government “concurred that a cumulative adjustment of 5-6% of GDP is needed over the next three years”, starting with the 2018/19 budget.
Although no official announcement has been made yet, finance minister Calle Schlettwein is expected to table his new budget in the National Assembly this week.
According to the IMF’s report, the government has announced “tight deficit targets” for the upcoming budget.
Namibia’s economy is “at a turning point”, the IMF stresses throughout its report.
It highlights possible fiscal slippages which could undermine the credibility of the government’s consolidation policy as a key risk. Other risks include lower demand for key exports, which could dent budget revenue forecasts, as well as a decline in income from the revenue-sharing pool of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).
The government’s reliance on SACU income is an old risk favourite of the IMF, but this year the Fund is particularly pronounced on the issue.
The IMF projects that Namibia will get nearly N$17.4 billion from taxes on international trade, which includes SACU receipts in 2018/19. This is about N$2.2 billion less than the estimate for 2017/18. The IMF says the decline in projections for 2018/19 reflects the latest SACU revenue agreement.
“SACU revenues are expected to stabilise thereafter as a share of GDP to historically low levels as import growth in South Africa, the main contributor to the SACU revenue pool, moderates.”
Should the government fail to take “additional actions”, the budget deficit is projected to increase to around 9-10% of GDP over the medium term due to declining SACU revenue, the IMF warns.
The Fund projects a budget deficit of 8.5% of GDP for 2018/19, up from an estimated 5.2% in 2017/18. Excluding SACU revenue, its projection for 2018/19 is 17.9%.
“Against this background, public debt would continue rising and approach 70% of GDP by 2022, and government’s gross financing needs would average about 21% of GDP per year, creating financing pressures and possible funding risks,” the IMF says.
The Fund points out that, at 44.3% of GDP, government debt already exceeded the median of countries at their lowest tier of investment grade in the 2016 fiscal year. “Gross financial needs remained high (about 18% of GDP) and, as the authorities increasingly tapped domestic markets, yield on government debt rose,” the IMF says. Against this background, Moody’s and Fitch lowered Namibia’s sovereign credit rating to junk.
The IMF projects that debt rose to 46.5% of GDP in 2017/18. For the coming budget year, it projects 51.4%, where after it will continue rising.
The government considers the billions in arrears in unpaid invoices to the private sector, which hiked spending last year, as a once-off. As such, it projects the public debt ratio to peak at a significantly lower level than the IMF’s estimate, the Fund says.
The IMF says budget consolidation efforts should be “anchored in long-lasting measures that address the sources of recent fiscal deterioration, and support long-term growth and better income distribution”.
Also, latest data shows that Namibia’s foreign reserves have not been on a consistent trend in terms of decrease or increase. Money and banking statistics released by the Bank of Namibia (BoN) on Thursday show that the country’s foreign reserves fell at the end of January by N$1.8 billion to N$28.3 billion, the lowest recorded in 8 months.
The country’s foreign reserves have been showing a zig-zag trend over the past months, thanks to the second disbursement of the African Development Bank (AfDB) loan which boosted up the foreign reserves. A level of N$29.7 billion was recorded at the end of December 2017 from a lower level of N$28.5 billion at the end of the previous month.
Although Namibia had ended the year 2017 well with foreign reserves up and to cover up for imports of up to 4.1 months, the IMF projects that the next five years will be ending with declining months of import equivalent to reserves.
IMF projections, which were published in their report on Namibia on Wednesday, are that Namibia‘s import cover will face a downward trend to end the year with 3.5; 2.8; 2.4; and 2.3 months in the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively. The 3 years preceding 2017 all ended the years with an import cover of less than 4 months.
Although 2016 ended the rosiest of the three with an import cover of 3.7, the IMF in last week’s report stated that Namibia’s international reserves are inadequate. Based on the IMF’s metric, only reserves of 20% to 30% of GDP are considered adequate which is higher than Namibia’s 17.5% recorded during that period.
The IMF says that over the past 15 years, the country’s foreign reserves have been less than adequate most of the time. Reserve courage was adequate only between 2007 and 2010 due to a combination of temporarily higher SACU transfers, mining revenues and fiscal restraint.
This year, Namibia’s foreign reserves are projected to end the year with lower months of covering for import in advance than last year, at 3.8 months.
The IMF in their report noted that the country’s stock of international reserves has fluctuated over the past 10 years. The IMF further noted in their report on Namibia that traditional measures of reserve adequacy are partial indicators of risks and may at times provide conflicting signals. The fund added that these measures such as months of import do not reflect that a balance of payments crisis can arise.
Tigers FC coach Woody Jacobs said he was disappointed with the condition of the Oshakati Independence Stadium despite winning their match against Young Chiefs.
The league champions managed to beat Young Chiefs 2-0 with goals by Mapenzi and Absalom Iimbondi.
Tigers, who had a shaky run before the second round, have found their form and are doing well in the premier league.
“It was a very difficult match because the pitch is not in a good condition at all.
“This is unacceptable that we have to play on such a turf, but I am happy that we managed to get the three points.
“The players showed that they still do have the fight in them and are willing to play good football,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs maintained that his aim was to reach the top four, given that the league title was way beyond their reach at the moment.
Tigers had a very poor start to the campaign which landed them in the bottom half of the table.
“I do believe that the players are doing their best in order to get us winning.
“It has been a very tricky season for us, but we are getting there with time.
“We just have to take it one game at a time and hope that our fortunes will change for the better,” Jacobs said.
Elsewhere, Orlando Pirates lost 1-2 to Blue Waters on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Life Fighters defeated Eleven Arrows 2-1, while African Stars put two past Rundu Chiefs with no reply on Saturday evening.
Struggling Chief Santos managed to get a point against Tura Magic with a 1-1 draw.
Civics’ appalling form continued with a 1-2 defeat to Mighty Gunners at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
These are tough times, with the world economic downturn affecting all these industries, especially in Namibia. Hence, companies, industries and mines often opt for more affordable lubricants.
Although this reduces the overheads pressure slightly, the decision to buy cheaper often comes back to bite later on, with unforeseen breakdowns or more frequent maintenance costs.
In line with the need for more environmentally friendly lubricants, there is a shift to using more synthetic ones, as opposed to mineral-based oils.
It was reported that between 2009 and 2016, Mobil SHC synthetic lubricants delivered more than US$62 million in documented customer savings, due to switching to synthetics.
The Mobil SHC line of synthetic lubricants is designed to protect equipment operating under severe conditions, including loads and pressures, frequent starts and stops, wide operating temperature ranges and contamination.
These synthetic lubricants provide distinct advantages that far exceed the capabilities of conventional oils.
Mobil SHC synthetic lubricants offer long oil life and can extend equipment life, creating less waste and potential energy savings, while helping to increase worker safety by minimising potentially hazardous maintenance.
Other advantages of Mobil SHC synthetic lubricants include high-temperature capability, excellent resistance to oxidation, low-temperature flow properties and protection against wear.
Lubrication Specialists (LS) is the authorised distributor of ExxonMobil lubricants and oils in Namibia. The company has been providing high-quality oils, greases and lubricants to the marine, industrial, agricultural and commercial sectors since 1998 - servicing massive ships, mining plants, wind power generating plants, heavy-duty equipment and high-performance engines.
Apart from supplying lubricants, LS also provides advice on the correct lubricants to use for any engine or industry, while training client staff on lubricants and uses, oil sampling and analysis (Signum and MobilServ), oil condition monitoring, oil decanting, pumping and storage solutions, automated greasing technology and applications, oil-spill clean-up products and assistance. The company has depots nationwide to ensure the fast delivery of lubricants.
You are also invited to join the Mobil SHC Club for free. The club is a network of experts designed to give you premier access to world-class application expertise and technology leadership, and the chance to network with other Mobil SHC users and OEMs from around the world. It provides in-depth insights on industry best practices and discusses topics that aren’t usually addressed by other technical resources, but are of key relevance to the industrial, mining and marine sectors.
15-years on, co-founder and managing partner Clauss Beukes looks on with a smile, when considers how his business has grown to a nimble operator that now services all 14 regions of Namibia.
He is of the opinion that SBS Trucking should be the natural choice for anyone looking for a dedicated logistics service provider.
“We run flat decks, taut liners, closed body trailers and containers from Cape Town and Johannesburg to most destinations in Namibia. We have a dedicated fleet of LDVs (light delivery vehicles) and delivery vehicles for smaller parcels, to all destinations in Namibia,” Beukes said.
SBS Trucking is able to cater to customer demands, he says, because they go the extra mile.
“Through passion and commitment we have been able to continually exceed customer expectations and deliver professional quality services. With a highly experienced and motivated team, we have truly met our customers’ needs,” Beukes says of the services SBS Trucking has rendered for 15 years.
SBS Trucking’s depots are strategically placed to service customer needs.
“We have branches in Swakopmund, Cape Town and Johannesburg, from where we operate. We are able to service our clients’ on-time. This is because we have trucks departing from Johannesburg on a daily basis. On our Cape Town route, our trucks depart every Wednesday and Friday, to ensure the timely delivery of goods and services.”
“We do all customs clearing and can handle RIB (removal in bond) cargo through our partners. We offer a sliding scale, so the more cargo you load with us, the less you pay. Our rates includes freight insurance of up to N$2 000 000 per truck load. Vehicles are fully equipped with satellite tracking devices, for real-time tracking,” Beukes said.
On the safety side, drivers and vehicles are 100% Hazchem compliant.
“We are one of a few companies whose drivers have undergone training to deliver hazardous goods and services in the country, something we are very proud of.”
SBS Trucking employs 20 people at its South African-based operations in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
“We are 65 people, dependent on SBS Trucking for an income, while we also have 20 employees in South Africa.”
Beukes also shared the company’s plans to venture into the ocean freight arena, a development he is very happy to talk about.
These objectives have seen a group of female colleagues penetrate a traditionally male-dominated industry, with their footprint growing from a single site to three branches across Namibia in just three years.
It definitely seems as if their approach is paying off.
“We see ourselves as a fitment company with a difference. While many of our industrymates make it their focus to cater for commercial and fleet clients, we think it’s vastly important to not only promote tyre education among private road users, but also nuture an enviroment and offer a service that ensures that as many road users as possible are travelling on our roads safely,” said Ken Joeseph, who is part of the Wangara Automotive Group management.
“After all, a single driver with compromised wheels, tyres, brakes or suspension, poses a risk to many other road users and not simply themselves,” he added.
Their ultra-modern, state-of-the-art showrooms and service centres, offer a wide variety of alloy wheels and major tyre brands, as well as high-tech 3D wheel alignment, wheel balancing, vehicle maintainance services and much more, at incredibly competitive prices.
Located at Prosperita and the B1 Shopping Complex in Windhoek, as well as in Ongwediva, their footprint is key to their objective of improving safety on our roads.
New take on service
Wangara Tyre & Fitment Centers strives to offer their clientele everything - from the very best and most tyres available on the Southern African market, as well as manufacturer-recommended tyres for the majority of vehicle makes and models, from Dankie Botswana to truck tyres.
“Our highly-trained and experienced tyre and technical experts, of which two are female, will happily assist you in choosing the tyres appropriate for your vehicle and your budget. We also pride ourselves on having management on-site at all times, as this makes it easy for our clients to engage us and we can work towards arrangements to ensure that our clients’ need not be forced to comprise on their family’s safety,” Joeseph added.
These and other efforts, such as their regular tyre education experientials for ladies, not only empower women to be self-sufficient, but also help them avoid the harrowing possibilities that could arise when they are stranded and awaiting help.
This is a clear sign of the Wangara Automotive Group’s positive response to it’s corporate responsibilities.
“The stakes are too high to ignore your tyre safety. We also make sure to do a thorough safety check on all our clients’ vehicles, so that even if they do not make use of our one-stop shop mechanical services to rectify it immediately, they are at least aware of any issues,” Joeseph said.
“This once again proves that we place the safety and wellbeing of our clients, far above profits. We even go as far as testing new tyres that we acquire on our personal family vehicles, so that we can confidently recommend them to our clients. That is the culture we want to promote, not only in the industry, but also amongst the public,” he added.
Be sure to watch this space as this wholly Namibian and completely customer-centric tyre fitment and vehicle maintainance group go on to lead the revolution in their industry.
Make a point of stopping at one of their locations for all your fitment, suspension and mechanical needs.
Contact them at 061 222 688 or 081 738 7630 for a free quote or have them assist you with a NaTIS roadworthiness pre-inspection, to ensure a speedy and dissapiontment-free official inspection.
What to consider when choosing the right tyre:
This depends greatly on the kind of car you drive and the type of driving you do. If you drive short distances in and around town, to drop off children at school or to go shopping, then economy and safety will be a primary concern when choosing a tyre.
Long-distance driving: If you do a lot of long-distance driving then low noise, comfort and fuel saving will be factors helping you to find the right tyre.
Luxury and sport vehicles: Drivers with luxury and sports cars will be interested in high-performance tyres, which offer excellent traction, precision handling and maneuverability at high speeds.
At Wangara, we advise you on the right car tyre for your driving requirements, which is cost-effective and safe.
And with a new chapter dawning this year, they’re actively stepping up to the plate to develop new opportunities for their clientele, while revolutionising their operations to offer world-class logistical solutions.
“From the time our owner, Mr Du Toit, started this business 50 years ago, it’s remained a family business, guided by both family values and an inextinguishable love for his country and its development,” said Ryno Badenhorst, manager of commercial services at FP Du Toit.
“This drive to see our country and regional neighbours develop has seen us overcome many obstacles in the past, because from day one, our aim was to offer the best service possible every day of the week. And 50 years later, we still strive to meet those lofty ideals we’ve set for ourselves in every part of our operations, every single day.”
Reaching the epic milestone of 50 years in operation this September, FP Du Toit Transport’s contribution to the development of Namibia cannot be overstated, and they have been visible on our roads and throughout the Southern African region for the past half a century.
“In recent years, we have put a lot of energy into bringing our operational procedures on par with the best in the world.
“Since then, we’ve implemented a world-class software system that has a massive impact on the productivity and efficiency of our operations, by giving us and our valued clients real-time tracking (capabilities).
“Managers can access the information anytime, from anywhere. This enables us to coordinate our fleet of over 535 vehicles, travelling over a million kilometres each month.”
“Paperless sign-on-glass hardware not only saves on paper waybills, but enables the realtime updating of our database, which is easily accessible by our customers; giving them unparrelled access to tracking their consignments as it travels both locally and internationally,” Badenhorst said.
“We started with a tiny operation, but through passion, commitment and drive, we’ve been able to grow into one of the top 15 logistical companies in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and the biggest road freight transport operator in the country. Now as much as ever, we rely on the experience, guidance and industry foresight of our irreplaceable ‘Baas Willie’, as he is affectionally known by the nearly 1 000-strong staff compliment we have.”
Besides their dominance on routes throughout the SADC region, FP Du Toit’s drive for innovation has also seen them introduce new and exciting product offerings, to better suit their clients’ needs, as they evolve.
By offering the plastic transport bin concept, it has not only given clients an easy and convenient packaging option, but has also reduced the client’s carbon footprint, as it greatly reduces the waste of one-way packaging material.
“Through these efforts, our aim is to play our part in developing the technical and infrastructural capabilities our country needs, to reach our goal of becoming a leading logistical hub and achieving the development goals as set out in the Harambee Prosperity Plan and Vision 2030,” Badenhorst said.
What the future holds for this wholly Namibian-owned companyis easy to envision, thanks to its appetite for innovation and passion for regional development.
As the leading player in the country’s logistical and distribution network, its clear that FP Du Toit Transport will be around for the next 50 years, and long thereafter.
Your logistics, frieght or industrial workhorse could either unlock your growth, or could hold your dreams and development in a mechical and cost limbo.
One of the trucks which contractors and fleet operators have relied on for many years, has been the immaculate Hino 500 Series, which has been a forerunner in the market for the past 14 years consecutively.
Hino SA recently held a track day experiential at Tony Rust Race track, where current and potential clients had the oppertunity to test in new generation of a Hino trucks, the 500 Series Wide Cab.
Hino Indongo also invited the media out, to get a first-hand look at this exciting new model.
The Hino 500 model range has been expanded to give customers greater variety and feature 6x4 models for the first time. Also new is the addition of the masterful six-speed Allison automatic transmission, which is well-known for it’s highly advanced, yet hardwearing capabilities.
The new "Wide Body" models will now be able to haul payloads of 16 to 28-tonnes, and the current 6- and 8-ton models remain unchanged, as they’ve already built up a reputation for being bulletproof and absolutely dependable.
The chassis has been widend at the engine compartment to fit the bigger and stronger engines. A new, larger front axle lso offers increased load capacity - from 5.5 to 7.5 tonnes - and a 7% tighter turning circle and incredibly matches a Hilux-bakkie’s turning circumcumference, which comes in extremely handy when navigating tight inner city routes.
The adoption of a trunnion suspension system increases durability and allows the adaptation of a cross-differential lock system for 6x4 models.
Three engines are now being used in the 500 series, all of which are stronger and more economical than the previous series, as this increases fuel effiency through lessening the load on the engine.
The latest models boasts a range of engines with outputs ranging from 191 kW and 794 Nm, 206 kW and 883 Nm of torque, as well as the 11 liter, which develops 257 kW and 1 275 Nm.
Another feature that enhances QDR is a 65mm wider radiator core for improved cooling.
The chief engineer of the so-called "Wide Body", Hino 500, Mr. Mamoru Tamazawa said the design team's focal points with the new Hino 500 project were to further improve Hino's reputation for outstanding quality, durability and reliability (QDR) and this is clear by virtue of the well-thought out and extremely well-built product they have put out.
A driver’s delight
There are two cabin options available depending on the model, one semi-drive and the other floating (6x4 models) for improved comfort. The larger cabin has a new outside and inside view and feel, with exceptional ergonomics, which is sure to make long, hard days and long distance hauls, comfortable and engaging, but for all the right reasons.
One of the stand out features is definitely the new Allison transmission, which is not only smart enough to keep your revs in the most fuel efficent windhow, but also adds in new leve of safety and peace of mind, thanks to its engable “always-on” exhaust-brake, which brings the Hino 500 Wide Cab under complete control, whenever the operator releases the accelerator.
The air suspension system offers loading bay height control for ease of operation when loading and unloading. This feature is controlled via remote controller to make this operation convenient for the driverand is programmable to ensure quick operation at regular stops.
With a reputation for quality, economy and value, that is easily comparable to its siblings from the rest of the Toyota automotive group and a record 26 consecutive Dakar-finishes, Hino is undoubtedly a dependable choice of vehicle with which to build your buisness.
If you’re in the market for a new addition to your commercial fleet, you need not looking much further, as Hino have the solution for you.
Situated in Windhoek’s Northern Industrial Area on Nguni Street, its location enables ITR Namibia to service all of its customers suitably who may be in the market for quality spare parts wherever they find themselves in Namibia according to one of its directors, Hanjo Schierschmidt.
“We specialised in the supply of earthmoving machinery’s spare parts, ground engagement tools, undercarriage of most makes and models, repair parts on Caterpillar earthmoving machines and a wide range of Baldwin filters,” says Schierschmidt.
ITR Namibia is able to offer its customers competitive pricing at the highest possible quality Schierschmidt says.
“The ITR Group owns its own manufacturers overseas where the brand ITR parts is manufactured and distributed worldwide. This means that our cost is managed with a very high standard in quality and is also ISO rated. ITR Namibia always strives to have the best pricing structure in Namibia,” he says.
While it operates only from its Windhoek office, Schierschmidt says the dedicated ITR team drives all over the length and breadth of Namibia to service ITR’s committed clients.
“ITR Namibia operates only from Windhoek to all clients over Namibia. ITR Namibia strives to be the best and leader in the earthmoving servicing field. To do that, we concentrate to give the best aftersales service to all our clients,” says Schierschmidt.
Customers all over Namibia are serviced by a dedicated sales team with sufficient industry experience to match. This he says, should put ITR Namibia’s vast customer base at ease.
“ITR Namibia has a specialised sales team, consisting of 3 sales persons. The years of experience exceeds 30-years in our relevant field. The sales persons drive all over the country of Namibia to do field service to ITR Namibia’s clients,” he says.
Established in June 2012, ITR Namibia has grown to become a leading distributor of undercarriage, ground-engaging-tools ("GET"), engine repair parts and components for earth-moving machinery in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is part of the greater USCO Group, the leading manufacturer of and supplier of components for earth-moving machines: undercarriage, G.E.T and repair parts.
This new Dyna is not only soft on the eye but also easy to drive, with its double-wishbone torsion bar suspension that features double-acting shock absorbers in the front, and fixed leaf spring suspension with double-acting shock absorbers at the rear, combined with a power-assisted rack and pinion steering system and a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column.
The 2985cc inline 4-cylinder Euro 2 rating diesel engine is not only frugal on diesel, with low emissions, but produces more than sufficient power to make the new Dyna 150 the workhorse of choice for farmers, small business operators, courier service providers, manufacturers or distributors, alike.
With its new sleek design, driving the new Dyna is now in almost everyone’s ambit, as you need only a Code B or BE licence to get behind its ergonomically friendly cockpit. Its new design allows any crane to be added to its loading bay, adding to its desirable new features.
With a wheelbase of 2545mm and a deck length of 4690mm the Dyna 150 makes for a very versatile truck that accommodates a wide variety of load box designs and equipment fitments for an almost infinite number of applications, not to mention its braked towing capacity of 2200kg should you need to have a compressor or generator at hand!
However, operational safety is non-negotiable, and to this end, the new Dyna has been fitted with ventilated discs brakes in front and heavy duty drum brakes at the rear, whilst the spacious cab with its wide-angle sightlines allows ample seating for three adults. The instrumentation is easy to read and operate, dramatically reducing driver fatigue.
Another innovative enhancement that has been incorporated into the new Dyna is the redesigned radiator grill, with improved airflow and engine cooling, specifically designed for stop-start city driving. With a GVM of 3 500kg, the new Dyna is a class leader in versatility of applications and operational economy, not to mention its legendary reliability and dependability.
However, it does not help much if you own a best value for money vehicle, but it lacks functionality or suffers from unnecessary downtime, and this is precisely where Pupkewitz Hino comes in.
Renowned for its service excellence since 1975, it offer assistance in the design of your load box and the fitment of equipment, in order to optimise the functionality of your vehicle, as well as provide a 24/7 workshop service to keep your truck on the road and minimise downtime.
Pupkewitz Hino is acutely aware that if a truck stands still, our customer’s business is affected immediately. Therefore, in search of service excellence, no stone is left unturned to ensure that a customer’s truck operates at optimal efficiency at all times. The new Dyna also offers the versatility that it can be used without a truck licence. This is a huge plus for all business fraternities, but especially also for SME customers.
The market is crowded with commercial vans, but choosing the wrong one can put a serious damper on your company's capabilities.
Thankfully, Ford's Transit Custom Panel Van is an easy choice to make.
Ford has gone all-out to produce a panel van that offers unmatched specifications, superior levels of safety and the latest in efficient engine technology.
It not only outperforms in terms of loading capacity, comfort, economy and reliability, and offers a stress-free driving and ownership experience, while undoubtedly delivering the goods in terms of looks.
From the outside it has been given the same dynamic character as the blue oval's passenger cars, which includes the bold trapezoidal grille, a muscular shoulder line and distinctive haunch at the rear.
The Transit Panel Van features a host of load-space innovations including the repositioning of tie-down hooks and fixing points to the sidewall, in order to keep the floor clear for easier loading and cleaning.
With an overall length of 5 339mm on the long wheelbase version, this panel van can easily accommodate items up to three metres long or three pallets and a fully upright adult.
Standard features include air conditioning, an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, steering-wheel-mounted controls, door mirrors with blind spot eliminators and manual headlamp levelling.
Safety is arguably this van's biggest selling point. Standard specs includes driver airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, hill-launch assist, load-adaptive control, emergency brake warning and rollover mitigation, amongst others.
All models are powered by Ford's 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This not only offers you great fuel consumption and a low cost per kilometre, but enough power for confident and non-laboured driving.
Engaging and ergonomic
The Tourneo boasts a very car-like interior. The dash has clearly been based on its passenger car range, but with an elevated seating position, larger windows and comfortable armrests to help mitigate fatigue.
There are also a host of overhead binnacles for storage and a cubbyhole large enough to fit all your admin and A4-sized paperwork.
Manoeuvring around town was no problem at all and it is surprisingly nimble for a vehicle of its size.
At no point was I in a position to embarrass myself, despite my inexperience.
An electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, with integrated reverse camera display, as well as trailer hitch-assist, make for confident manoeuvring and loading bay docking.
In order to make the Transit Panel Van even more cost-effective, the front and rear bumpers feature a multi-piece design to help keep repair costs low.
The short wheelbase (4 972mm) Transit Custom also has a class-leading 10.9m kerb-to-kerb turning circle, which is ideal when working in tight city spaces.
Ford has truly crafted a workhorse that will get the job done, in complete comfort and above-average style. Its everyday driveablity and commercial capability make it the perfect addition to any fleet.
• Contact Novel Ford on 061 292 4000 to book a test drive today!
Being wellknown, however, also resulted in the preception that they are the pricier option when looking at long-haul transportation.
This has now changed and more and more people are realising how much value they actually receive when buying a MAN truck.
This is thanks to a complete package consisting not only of greatly competive pricing, immaculate specification levels, class-leading fuel consumption and hard as nails reliablity, which are backed up with great add-ons like extended factory service and maintainance plans.
“These add-ons just go to show the level of confidence we have in our trucks and their reliability,” said Ernest Thatcher, of Autohaus Truck and Bus, recently.
“We’ve dedicated vast resources to research and development, and this has not only paid off in terms of design, efficency and ergonomics, but we’ve managed to build on the extreme reliability our trucks are known for, and as a result, we can now offer some of the longest and most comprehensive full truck factory warranties in our segment,” he explained.
In terms of the larger trucks, they now offer a three-year/450 000 km warranty and a four-year/600 000km driveline warranty. On their smaller trucks, they offer a one-year/unlimited mileage and three-year/300 000km driveline warranties, for ultimate peace of mind.
“We also have a large service and support network throughout the country and even our warranties and roadside support services are valid all across sub-Equatorial Africa. Meaning, that if you encounter issues within any of these states, not only will you be happily assisted by our mobile support teams, but the factory will cover the repair costs, subject to warranty approval,” Thatcher added.
“MAN is among the top three most competitive products in its segment, and this is thanks to us not only having an excellent product, but additional add-ons like our two-year factory gaureentee on MAN genuine parts and the unwavering support from the factory that helps us stand out from the crowd.”
So whether you’re in the transport, distribution or long-haul trucking industries, your cost per kilometre is the ultimate yardstick of your operational efficency and the deciding factor in your business’ longterm success.
Currently, Autohaus Truck and Bus is running a campaign where they offer clients complimentary add-ons, such as a bull bar, stone guard and a full year’s worth of vehicle tracking, on top of a serious discount off the normal retail price of your vehicle.
“All these add-ons make for a really appealing and secure investment, but what makes it all that much better is the fact that we also offer gaureenteed buy-backs directly from the factory.
“So you can now invest in a package that can accommodate periodic vehicle rotation or upgrades, using the very competitive return on original investment, be it for trade or buy-back options,” Thatcher added.
With such value-packed offerings, bulletproof machines and a vastly suprerior after-sales support, there’s no doubt that MAN trucks were made with the customer’s needs, peace of mind and peace of pocket.
Contact them on 061 414 156 to get some more information on their current promotional offers, added value packages and add some hardwearing European-levels of quality to your fleet.
With a wide range of vehicles to suit any application, and the DNA of some of the world’s most trusted brands, Daimler-Benz, Cummins and ZF-gearboxes, they offer a preposition that’s hard to ignore.
“What we offer are immaculate and advanced industrial vehicles, at a fair and frankly unbelievable price points,” said Jacques DeJesus of Hannic Motors.
“The combination of Chinese ingenuity, German mechanical excellence and American industrial expertise, has resulted in a range of commercial vehicles that are second to none in the market,” he added.
With everything from light industrial, to heavy, high-load haulers in tipper, adaptable flatbed or dropside configuration, there’s no doubt that Hannic have a solutions for your commercial vehicle needs.
“Where else could one find a 6 ton truck with a 6.2 metre loadbay, Cummins engine, Mercedes chassis and ZF-gearbox, for only N$ 445 000,” he enquires.
“We’ve even had clients load up to 9.5 tonnes on one of these trucks, with no issues whatsoever,” he added.
With the recent news that Hannic Motors was bought out by Foton International, local clientele can now forward to even better pricing and support going forward.
This forms part of their growth strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa and there are also talks of an assembly plant being set up in the country, to assist the brand in getting a stronger foothold in the region.
In the run-up to this, they’ve expanded their national footprint and are offering clientele exciting new services to heighten their experience of owning a Foton.
Services include on-site visits and mechanical repairs by a roving team of engineers straight from the factory. This means less downtime and a whole new world of added convenience.
This coupled with a 3-year / 100 000 km warranty guarantee that you have peace of mind, when pushing to grow your business.
Bang for your buck
Besides an immaculate combination of high quality components, the Foton range of trucks also benefit greatly from a host of driving convenience features, including cruise control, a PTO adapter on the gearbox which can be easily modified to fit cranes and other industrial equipment, quickly and easily, and well-designed ergonomics for driver comfort.
It’s clear that Hannic Motors are here to bring a new dimension to the commercial vehicle market and with top-notch products, bulletproof engineering and unmatched pricing and economy, they are a valuable partner to any business that depends on their fleet and as DeJesus boasts, they’re “unbreakable”.
”We even have two standby courtesy trucks available for clients to use, while theirs is being repaired, but these weren’t getting much use as clients are simply not having mechanical issues,” he says.
If you’re in the market for commercial vehicle, make a point of visiting one of the authorised dealers nationwide, of contact them on 061 221 619 to arrange a test drive.
There’s also rumblings that one of the passenger cars brands in their stable, Bogvart will be launcheing locally in 2019 and rumours have it that the cars will have a lifetime warrantee on them.
Watch this space...
Rukoro is accompanied by Titus Kunamuene and Jacky Gertze, as the NFA representatives, while NFA women general manager, Jacqui Shipanga, is attending in her capacity as a FIFA delegate for the three-day event.
The historic event started yesterday and ends tomorrow.
The symposium, taking place under the theme 'Raising our game', is expected to chart a new course for women's football development on the continent. It will also define the future of the women's game, as various stakeholders discuss, exchange ideas and share knowledge that will culminate in raising the standard of women's football.
Each member association is represented by three delegates, in order to discuss diverse topics that are expected to put women's football in Africa on the global map.
There is also representation from the main actors in the game - players, both former and current, referees, coaches, media, as well as experts from FIFA and other confederations. After the plenary session, to be attended by CAF President Ahmad and FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura, amongst others, the participants will be split into seven working groups to brainstorm on specialised topics within the realms of their area of expertise.
The topics for the working groups are: how to expand the practice of women's football, developing the technical formation of the trainers, referees and instructor, developing sponsorship for women's football, competitions: realities and perspective, the governance concept in women's football, the role of women's football in gender promotion and socialisation and the place of media and communication in advancing women's football. Just as was done at the men's symposium last July in Rabat, the resolutions of the various working groups will be presented to the CAF executive committee for review and implementation.
The Namibian boxer, who is now based in Omaha, has set his sights on regaining his world champion status and needs to send Prograis packing.
Indongo has a record of 22 fights with 21 wins, 11 of those coming via knockouts.
His single loss was against Terence Crawford in August last year, when they clashed in a five world title unification bout.
Prograis has a clean record of 20 fights, with 20 wins and 17 knockouts.
Indongo, who is the former WBA, IBF and IBO champion got his crack at Prograis, after Ukrainian Viktor Postol, who was supposed to fight the American, suffered a hand injury.
Friday's bout will be Indongo's first since losing to Crawford in a bout that also took place in America.
Indongo, who is rated eighth by the WBC, intends to reclaim his status as a world champion and has been training hard since losing his titles.
“I'm very excited to fight Regis Prograis,” said Indongo. “This is a great opportunity for me towards becoming a world champion again. I know how good Prograis is, but come 9 March, I'll be victorious,” he said.
If Indongo beats Prograis, he will become the mandatory challenger for the winner of the WBC title bout between Amir Imam and Jose Carlos Ramirez.
Indongo, a 2008 Olympian, fought the first 20 bouts of his professional career in Namibia. His last three fights, all for world championships, have come on the home turf of his opponents.
He knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky in Moscow in late 2016 to claim the IBF and IBO belts. The Namibian then met Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland in 2017 and added the WBA title to his cabinet to become a unified champ.
These accolades presented him with the chance to fight Crawford, who stopped the Namibian in the third round with a body shot, much to the disappointment of many local boxing fans.
Soon after, Indongo parted ways with his manager and promoter Nestor Tobias, and signed a three-fight deal with promoter Lou DiBella.
According to an article by boxingnews24 Indongo is 100 percent focused on the fight.
“He's mentally and physically ready for this fight. Some things we need to touch-up on; we are just fine-tuning things.
We're just very grateful for this opportunity,” said Larry E. Brown his trainer in the US.
Earlier this year, the trainer also expressed happiness with the boxer's performance and said that Indongo was adapting very well to America and was getting much stronger and faster.
“Indongo is an extraordinarily fast learner to the American style of fighting and our goals are to get a shot at the IBO title belt by June or July and eventually unify the 140-pound junior welterweight division,” Brown said.
“While it's unfortunate that Viktor Postol suffered this training injury, we're thrilled that Julius Indongo jumped right at the opportunity to face Regis Prograis for the interim WBC title,” said DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment.
“Regis wanted to prove himself against the best, and he will still be afforded that opportunity when he meets former champion Indongo, in what promises to be a sensational clash of styles,” DiBella added. -additional reporting by boxingnews24.com
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