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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Harnessing the power of collaborationHarnessing the power of collaborationSweet macaroons and flowers this Valentine's As the saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work, and two trailblazing entrepreneurs are harnessing this power of collaboration to add a touch of luxury and sweetness to Valentine's Day this year. In a world where everything seems to be a competition, it is refreshing to see two businesswomen creating empowering and creative collaborative environments to expand their business horizons by leveraging each other's networks. Shiwomeho Kalla and Mutindi Jacobs are two dynamic young entrepreneurs, unburdened by preconceived notions of competition. They are the owners of Shiwa The Baker and Karibu Flowers, respectively. Their alliance was an experiment in interdisciplinary collaboration as their businesses are from two different, but complementary industries. By bringing together their unique products and expertise, they are creating something extraordinary, memorable and romantic, which perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Valentine's Day.

    “As entrepreneurs we have the unique ability to spot opportunities and create something that people don't even realise they need. That's why it was easy to team up with Mutindi because we have a shared vision of growing our businesses by becoming the leaders and in some way, disruptors in our respective industries,” said Kalla.

    The pair is collaborating on an exciting project aimed at adding a touch of opulence to Valentine's Day. They are offering a variety of luxury hampers stocked with premium delights including Shiwa The Baker's red velvet and cheese macaroons as well Karibu's iconic flowerbox filled with the finest red roses and complemented by a bottle of sparkling wine.

    “We've seen how every year, for Valentine's Day, consumers are bombarded with the same gifting options that are bouquets of flowers and cute baskets filled with chocolate, champagne and biltong treats. While there's nothing wrong with those, this year we'd like to add more decadence and inspired gifting that makes the heart sparkle,” said Jacobs.

    The hampers will be available on pre-order from today. While their luxury hampers will no doubt spread some joy and excitement during the month of love, for Kalla and Jacobs, this partnership is also an opportunity to expand their scope of success in business by offering new products to the market.

    Shiwa The Baker is known for her signature decadent cakes and cupcakes. This will be the first time she's offering macaroons since receiving formal training in South Africa last year. “For me macaroons are like little bites of heaven - they are sweet and fluffy and a joy to eat. After my training, I spent a year perfecting my craft and now I'm finally ready to offer these French delicacies to my clients,” said Kalla.

    On her part, Jacobs is ready to reopen her business after a one-year hiatus.

    “I couldn't be more excited to be back. Making things beautiful has always been my gift and I can't wait to start sharing it again with Namibia,” she said. Karibu Flowers will be offering its iconic freshly cut rose flowerboxes as well as a new line of infinity rose boxes which uses high quality preserved roses imported from Kenya that can last up to a year and require no watering.

    Staff Reporter

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    Marching with a passion for musicMarching with a passion for musicSoldiering on and still making time for tunes Local artist with the banger Ondjodi ya Maria Nepembe chats to tjil on how he handles his passion and a job. A lot of artists find it hard to maintain a mainstream job and still have time for their talent. Many have left their jobs to pursue their creative talent as a full-time job with some being able to pull it off whilst others fail dismally. Singer of Ondjodi ya Maria Nepembe, Filly-Zo, has been in the game since 2009. Upon realising that his talent is unable to sustain him and his family, he eventually joined the Namibian army four years ago.

    The singer, who recently released his second album titled Friends are Family, says that the industry is not an easy one and sometimes coming to this awareness can help one succeed. Having a full-time job, the singer makes time for his music on weekends and holidays.

    “Music has always been my passion, it's a calling. Unfortunately it is unable to pay my bills, that is why I got a job. Being an artist doesn't mean releasing projects every other day and that's why it works for me because now I have time to perfect my craft,” he said.

    He is based in Grootfontein and to date, there is no recording studio. The Mofuka singer says he constantly has to travel to Windhoek or Ondangwa for studio time and mastering of his work which is also costly.

    “We need to have studios of good quality with sound engineers who can help us make quality work. Travelling is costly. I go to King Max's WKMP studio in Ondangwa as it is closer for me but not everyone is able to do this. We need to decentralise everything - from equipment to videographers,” said Filly-Zo. Although he gets a hard time from the public for being a soldier and an artist at the same time, the singer says it works for him and what people say does not matter.

    “People will judge you wherever you go. I get people who say I don't 'fit' to be an artist and I should rather be a soldier. It's normal now to be told such things but I brush it off,” he said.

    Filly-Zo is currently working on his second project to be released later this year. He recently launched his clothing line which is on sale through his social mediums.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Exciting news for Namibian artists and artisansExciting news for Namibian artists and artisans The National Arts Gallery of Namibia will be celebrating Independence Day slightly differently compared to previous years.

    Namibian artists from all communities are invited to submit works for consideration for this unique project by the National Arts Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in celebration of Namibia's 29th independence celebrations.

    This exhibition is an opportunity for artists of all kinds across the breadth of the Namibian nation to submit their work. Artists are encouraged to create work that is inspired by, or that uses material from their surrounding environments. The exhibition encourages talents to submit work that is truly Namibian.

    “In light of our 29th independence celebrations, what better way to create work that reflects unique art and craft products of our Namibia? “This project aims to bring artists from various backgrounds together, from the more traditional forms to the more contemporary,” said Annapaula Vakamuena from the NAGN.

    Vakamuena says the exhibition's aim is to provide a platform for a wider variety of Namibian artists, from all disciplines, to come into contact with each other through their art. It also aims to create a space in which non-artists can gain exposure to the process of art making as well as feel some ownership over the products.

    With regards to the guidelines, artists are encouraged to hand in work from any artistic medium and they can submit a total of three works which are subject to a selection by a panel. All works submitted will be judged on quality, craftsmanship and creativity.

    Vakamuena further said the NAGN will be collecting work from the regions but artists that are able to submit in Windhoek are encouraged to do so.

    “Artists outside Windhoek need to make sure their works are fit to travel as NAGN will not be held liable for any damage that could occur during transportation. This is not a competition. A selection panel will select artworks for display. The selected artworks will be on display at the NAGN for the duration of the exhibition,” she said.

    The due date for submission of final art works is 15 February and the exhibition will open on 19 March and run until 3 May.

    June Shimuoshili

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    An exciting year of cooperationAn exciting year of cooperationAn exciting The Goethe-Institut is going beyond showcasing and is becoming a strategic partner of It is safe to say that the Goethe -Institut had quite a successful year in terms of investing into the Namibian art industry and this year, they are determined to do more than last year. Speaking at the meet-and-greet they hosted for the media and their partners, the institute's director, Daniel Stoevesandt, said they're looking to inspire more Namibian artists to develop the country.

    Last year, the institute had projects including the Future Africa Visions in Time travelling exhibition, the monthly Night Under The Stars concerts and the Goethe-Stage that enabled upcoming artists to realise their own artistic experience.

    “These three platforms form the foundation of our work and on top of this, every year there are different topics and genres that form part of our other activities in language, information and culture,” he said.

    Stoevesandt further said that the creative industry has a lot of artistic but also economic potential in Africa, after having been active already in the fields of music, film and fashion. Lately, a new sector was discovered through Enter Africa, programmes for gaming in Africa. Their sister organisation has enabled young creative people to develop their own locally based games about their cities' pasts and futures.

    “We will soon be able to launch our Namibian game so watch the media and our website for more information,” he said.

    Programmes that will continue include the EUNIC Music Festival in Namibia that features young hip-hop artists and DJs. Other mind-blowing programmes to be rolled out this year are Museum Conversations - a series of symposiums bringing together a wide range of experts for a dialogue on the future of museums and their role in society. This year in March as part of the German Weeks, the Goethe-Institut will feature Dance On with a piece by William Forsythe. “This will be held in Namibia and we are looking forward to hosting it. It will be continued in September in Windhoek but this time on a regional level. We are very proud that this meeting of many experts from Africa and Europe will take place in Namibia and create a great platform for further conception work around museums and their future role in a post-colonial Africa,” he said.

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  • 01/31/19--14:00: Go out and be great
  • Go out and be greatGo out and be great There comes a time in life when changes need to be made. Be it in school, careers or in relationships. The most beautiful moments always seem to accelerate and slip beyond one's grasp just when you want to hold onto them for as long as possible. Nothing is meant to last forever, not even life. Your attitude towards life is affected by your ability to embrace change. If change happens to you, rather than you influencing that change, you are much more likely to feel like you are being dragged through life. Embrace change with a calm and relaxed mind. It may be hard in the beginning but eventually you will get used to it.

    I am particularly excited about major changes that are happening in my life at the moment. For the first time in my life I will be living on my own in a foreign country and far from family and friends. Well, not so far, but it is quite a distance. I have always dreamed of this day, where I get to be in charge of my life and it's finally happening. Even though I will be unemployed (yay) and broke (not-so-yay) the anticipation of the experience and all the knowledge I will be getting gets me excited.

    My tjil journey is coming to an end but like I said, all good things come to an end. I will forever be grateful for all the memories and lessons learned. There's never a right time to say goodbye because there will be hellos once again.

    With that said, don't be afraid to take opportunities that come your way and if some are missed then be ready to catch the next one. The world is so big and there is room for all of us to win.

    It lasted for a long time and now it's time to turn over a new leaf. Let's live life to the fullest and let's do it by being kind to each other and doing things that help us mature.


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    Bosslady switching industriesBosslady switching industriesExpect nothing but greatness from Olive Entertainment this year Owner of Olive Entertainment Julia 'Bosslady' Kadhikwa speaks about her latest plans to get the Namibian film industry on a higher level. She is by far one of those Namibians who has been able to mingle with international stars, host A-list parties and manage some of Namibia's finest artists. Speaking to tjil, Julia 'Bosslady' Kadhikwa says she has networked enough and it's high time she made her net worth from all her connections.

    “I have reached the point where I have proven the worth of my work and managing artists alone won't be able to match my nickname Bosslady which I got from Lady May Africa.

    Bosslady has turned her focus to the production world and she will start off by working with the best, both locally and internationally. Bosslady says she has met different people from different spheres of entertainment but didn't know how to work with them as her sole focus was on music.

    This year, she had a brief exchange with an old acquaintance, Mike Ezuruonye, and decided to try out the production world. Ezuruonye is a renowned Nigerian actor, director and filmmaker.

    “I have always wanted to have copyright to content and the one question asked, whether I had a production company, set me back. I want to open a production company and reach a level where I create content and sign deals with companies such as MultiChoice,” she said.

    Ezuruonye will be landing in Namibia this weekend where they will work on scouting sites for a project with Bosslady. Bosslady says she wants to help uplift the film industry as Namibian musicians are on a pedestal.

    “I have had actors who have wanted me to promote them but I could hardly do it. So this time I can help both the music and film industry. We need support from other people from other countries because we are too small a population to get ourselves there. This is where Ezuruonye and everyone else I will work with going forward will help, and I am so excited,” she said.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 01/31/19--14:00: Sing it loud and win
  • Sing it loud and winSing it loud and win A hymnal song awards show for northern based music lovers is set to take place for the first time this year in March. Organised by businessman and singer Ndali Nenkavu, the event is aimed at encouraging choral music appreciation and provide entertainment for Ongwediva.

    Nenkavu has plans to host the awards at a banquet at the Ongwediva Trade Fair Hall, during which all the choirs and top congregation leaders, and veteran choir members in the different choirs in Namibia, will be honoured.

    “This competition will pull lots of youth towards church activities and this will curb violence in society. It will be a good opportunity to educate the participants on how to sing notes which in return brings back harmonies in singing,” he said.

    As part of the competition, competitors will be given two existing hymnal songs to sing and one that they have to compose under a theme they will be given. There are eight categories including Best Youth Choir, Best Matured (Elders Choir), Best Instrumental Choir, Best Instrumental Solo, Best Male Solo, Best Female Solo, Best Gender Balanced Choir and ELCIN's recognised Pillars of Music - alive and dead.

    The organiser is currently seeking assistance to pull off this event successfully for his community.

    “This is an initiative that will go a long away and it will be meaningful especially for the youth. Financial support and key stakeholders' involvement to support and promote this important and unique Namibian event are needed,” he said.

    Contact Nenkavu at +26481 258 1073 for further information.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 01/31/19--14:00: Mediocrity must fall
  • Mediocrity must fallMediocrity must fallAshwyn on the state of arts Ashwyn Mberi, poet, actor, sought-after MC and voice-over artist, sat down with tjil to chat about his views about art and where Namibia needs to improve. Local performer Ashwyn Mberi believes that theatre imitates life which in turns calls upon artists to go beyond just expression to reflect the societies they live in, but to heal and to teach and stop promoting mediocrity.

    According to him, artists must be at the forefront of addressing social ills and challenges and must be the first to speak up when things go wrong and when society is disrupted.

    He is also pushing for artists to dedicate themselves to authenticity to improve the standard of their art - at all costs.

    He is also worried that too many Namibian artists are sounding like South African artists.

    “I hope everybody can be as committed as they perceive me to be. I hope people don't get comfortable. If you feel like you are not hitting the mark, I hope you go home and have sleepless nights until you are that good,” he said.

    He also feels there is need for African artists to decolonise themselves and speak with their own voices and not be afraid to step into the political realm.

    “As much as there is room for expression, I am here for the important voices. Who sang what needs to be said? I am so happy we are dancing, but who sang what needs to be said? In fact you are not a real artist if you don't.

    How many gender-based violence songs are there? Look at how many things are happening,” he said.

    He feels artists must also reflect the state of the economy in their art.

    “You want to spend more money in the club? We know that alcohol was used to keep the blacks in the working class, we can lie about it, and we can be comfortable about it. But there is a reason why there is a bar in every second road of Katutura and why the money is different. But not a single one over there (white suburbs). So it is about time artists take their role seriously,” he said.

    Mberi believes Namibia has the stunning and raw musical talent but whether the talent is used remains the question.

    He said Namibian artists should look at legends who have blessed the world with timeless songs; who spoke to every moment of their people's lives, moments when they needed a voice.

    “Namibian artists never speak out against the government. Then you are useless as an artist. It's not saying your government is wrong, but when they are you have to be first to speak and Namibian artists do not speak,” he said.

    “We've got tons of problems, we cannot buy a house. How are artists not talking about that? Racism is still alive, we are carrying our parents' burdens, they raised us,” he urged.

    He however pointed out that artists do not always have to speak out in protest but must speak the truth, adding that some things must always be unlearned.

    “That is why The Spoken Word was so effective. That is why poetry is still my core talent; we all are going through realities which we aren't able to articulate. These are the things that must be said to change society,” he said.

    Mberi also dares to say he would not call everybody doing art an artist, but rather, some are performers. He emphasised creating has to be a way of life and not an event.

    “A lot of us know how to make something for the market but how many of us can create? You got to create and if you are good at what you are doing then you can make a living from that,” he believes.

    He adds that his biggest fear is that Namibian artists are happy for the attention Namibian arts is getting but all they have is mediocrity.

    “We tell ourselves that we are enjoying these hits right? That we are asking for representation at the highest standard and all we got is shit, stuff that sounds like South Africa and Nigeria. You know how scary that is? I don't want the last voice of Namibia to sound like something else,” he said.

    Asked how far Namibian arts are from hitting the 'mark' he said that there is no time to rest. He is also thinking of opening up an arts school but believes Namibians can achieve this if they put their minds to it.

    “Namibian arts is not in the right space in terms of promoting and respecting art but we are in the right space in terms of raw talent and starting to realise our potential,” he said.

    Mberi will be introducing the first edition of Night under the Stars (Nuts) this Friday at the Goethe-Institute Namibia, and promises to talk about the situation in his homeland Zimbabwe.

    June Shimuoshili

    PHOTOS: Contributed

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    3 smart strategies for managing your marketing budget3 smart strategies for managing your marketing budget Managing your marketing budget can be tough. Here are some thoughts and tips.

    Start by pausing underperforming initiatives, then optimise all remaining projects and leverage marketing automation.

    Many new business owners are eager to promote their products, and they react by allocating more of their operating budget towards marketing.

    As they begin to see their advertising expenses climb, it's important that they also analyse whether or not their money is spent wisely.

    Below are three strategies you can employ to continue reaching new leads and converting them into customers while minimising your total marketing costs.

    1. Continue funding channels that work

    When you want to quickly curb costs, it's tempting to stop all activities, wholesale, until you can regroup and figure out what structure your new budget should take. But when it comes to marketing, slashing your spend at the top of the funnel can have significant consequences on your total sales.

    That's why it is crucial that you identify your most tried and proven marketing channels and ensure there's always an adequate budget to keep them going. To better manage your expenses, pause major investments in new and experimental channels. This will free up more of your time and money so that you can continue running already profitable campaigns.

    Once you've regained focus and improved your overall return on investment, then you can reconsider experimenting with new marketing outlets again.

    2. Refresh and optimise your campaigns regularly

    Cutting marketing costs usually means taking a scaled-down approach, but that doesn't mean that each buyer’s impression will have any less of an impact. When you sponsor fewer campaigns, you have to ensure that each one is delivered to the right audience and at the right time during their purchasing journey. This increases your chances of converting them into paying customers and minimises advertising waste.

    Regularly audit all existing campaigns to ensure they mention the right product information, messaging and contact information. Verify that each ad links to the right destination and that their post-click experience is engaging and meets all of their expectations.

    3. Employ marketing automation strategically

    Time is money and also a limited resource. When your staff gets inundated with labour-intensive tasks, there's both a real financial cost due to the extra hours worked on a project and a meaningful opportunity cost due to underutilisation of their skills.

    To help them maximise their work performance and accelerate the pace at which they complete their projects, you'll want to employ marketing automation to save them time, and save you money. These days, it's easier and more affordable than ever to schedule repetitive actions, manage your data seamlessly, and maintain contact with your customers using technology to assist your workforce.

    For instance, if you currently invest a lot of time in lead nurturing, consider automating your engagement emails with customers using action or time-based triggers. When your employees aren't manually completing these tasks, they're able to allocate more time towards other high-impact initiatives. -www.inc.com

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  • 01/31/19--14:00: Peace of mind
  • Peace of mindPeace of mind Bank Windhoek’s smart partnership ensures customer safety Bank Windhoek, Auto Armor Namibia and Amber Connect have forged an amazing partnership that gives customers peace of mind on the road.

    Bank Windhoek, Auto Armor Namibia and Amber Connect have joined forces to offer enhanced safety at significantly reduced prices to Namibians who purchase new or pre-owned vehicles, financed by Bank Windhoek’s Vehicle and Asset Finance Department.

    The smart partnership was forged to offer current and prospective buyers an opportunity to take advantage of tailor-made offers from reputable suppliers in the vehicle safety and tracking industry.

    The partnership forms part of Bank Windhoek’s current vehicle and asset finance campaign, which also includes financial benefits such as a three-month payment holiday or balloon payment options.

    “By installing a tracking device that syncs with your smartphone, Amber Connect provides intelligent, insightful and affordable smart vehicle security. Not only does Amber Connect track the movement of your vehicle, but also offers 42 additional features,” said Michael Mackenzie, managing director of Amber Connect.

    “These include the immobilisation of your vehicle if you are away for a prolonged period, or in the case of theft. The telematics solution provides detailed trip playbacks to assist with accurate accident reconstruction, electronic log-keeping, and keeping tabs on running costs, which are just some of the features.

    The service also offers 24-hour call centre assistance, should you have a breakdown or an emergency.

    “Currently, the call centre assistance feature is a free add-on, exclusively for vehicle owners who purchase the Amber Connect device with the current Bank Windhoek offer,” Mackenzie said.

    “Safety is our number one concern. With the application of our Auto Armor Safety Film on the windows of your vehicle, the likelihood of smash-and-grab attacks are significantly reduced,” said Alex Leoni, owner of Auto Armor Namibia.

    “The film creates a very tough barrier, reinforcing the strength of automotive glass, and making it extremely difficult for any perpetrator to break into a vehicle,” he says.

    The safety film also enhances privacy, reduces glare and prevents injury caused by shattered glass in the case of an accident.

    “The safety film, approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation, also blocks up to 99% of harmful UV A and UV B rays because of its sun protection factor of 284+,” said Leoni.

    Auto Armor has been operating in Namibia for over 14 years.

    “Bank Windhoek strives to enhance our customers’ experience by connecting with other Namibian-owned businesses to add value to our relationships and to offer our customers the very best products as part of our special offers.

    “We are proud to have both Auto Armor and Amber Connect on board to ensure our customers can travel in their vehicles with peace of mind,” said Saara Shivute, Bank Windhoek’s head of specialist finance.

    The special offer on Amber Connect and Auto Armour products are exclusively for Bank Windhoek clients who purchase new or pre-owned vehicles until 30 June 2019.

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    White rhino need to be down-listedWhite rhino need to be down-listedPrivate owners can no longer afford them In a move said to enhance the protection of white rhino in Namibia, the ministry has asked CITES for a down-listing of the species. Concern has been expressed that private owners in Namibia will be forced to dispose of their white rhino, which constitute the largest part of the Namibian rhino population.

    The primary motivation for this has been described as the tremendous cost of keeping them.

    Namibia listed this as one of the biggest threats to the white rhino population in a proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Namibia has proposed to down-list its population of white rhinos to Appendix II.

    The document submitted to CITES says that the increasing financial burden caused by the increase in the threat of illegal killing needs to be addressed through the sustainable use of white rhino. This is possible with the down-listing.

    It says the costs of protection have and can be expected to continue to escalate, increasingly making white rhino a liability to conservation authorities, private and communal landowners.

    Furthermore, existing benefit streams from tourism, limited trophy hunting and live sales of rhino are not sufficient to offset these security costs.

    “In order for Namibia's private sector to be encouraged to participate meaningfully in the conservation of white rhino, an economically conducive climate needs to be created,” it says.

    Namibia holds the second largest white rhino population in the world after South Africa.

    The population in 2017/18 stood at 1 037, based on aerial surveys.

    The white rhino population in Namibia has grown from the initial introduction of 16 animals in 1975 to the current figure.

    According to the report the majority of white rhino in Namibia are privately owned with large numbers imported from South Africa since 2012. The current privately-owned population comprises 780 animals, while the state-owned population in 2018 was 267 animals in three protected areas.

    Furthermore the report says trade limitations reduce opportunities for government conservation departments and the private sector to generate much needed funding for conservation.

    Anti-poaching programmes are expensive, and their long-term effectiveness is threatened by declining budgets and sources of income.

    From 2008 to 2018 a total of 57 white rhino were hunted, thus on average 5.2 per year, while a total of five white rhinos were hunted in 2018. The report says that a significant number of adult males are periodically dehorned which reduces the number that can be hunted in each year.

    “Demand for white rhino from private farmers in Namibia is high. White rhino continues to be imported from South Africa because of this demand and the greater availability of white rhino in South Africa.”

    Over the past ten years, permits to import 508 white rhino from South Africa were issued, with imports drastically increasing since 2012.

    The report notes that although Namibia has exported 27 white rhino from 2008 to 2018 to Angola, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa the “primarily commercial purposes” restriction applying to Appendix I animals has severely limited Namibia's ability to generate revenues for conservation.

    Transferring the population to Appendix II will create access to a far larger market for white rhinos.

    The report explains that the transfer of South Africa's population to Appendix II resulted in the rapid increase in live rhino sale prices.

    The prices for Appendix I white rhino in Namibia are lower than the South African prices because marketing opportunities are far more restricted.

    South African buyers will not pay Appendix II market-related prices for Appendix I animals due to the restrictions that apply to Appendix I animals. Namibian buyers on the other hand will not pay Appendix II prices to acquire additional rhino if they lose market value by such rhino acquiring Appendix I status upon their import into Namibia.

    “Namibia can thus not find sufficient markets for surplus live rhino and encourage meaningful private sector participation in rhino conservation in a commercially driven economy with the existing CITES Appendix I restrictions and conditions,” according to the report.

    Namibia's proposal therefore is simply a down-listing proposal, with no consequential actions being implemented other than to facilitate the trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations, and legally hunted trophies which in turn will enhance the conservation of the species and its habitat.


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    Cops sidestep crime-fighter's N$300 000 pleaCops sidestep crime-fighter's N$300 000 plea Unemployed crime-fighter Lisias Nashilongo, who collided with a police vehicle after helping to arrest suspected robbers on 9 November 2016, is still battling to repair his 2005 Jeep Cherokee.

    Nashilongo, who is a member of the Women and Men's Network against Crime, demanded over N$300 000 from the police, but he was only given N$45 000 last year.

    Nashilongo says the money is not enough to repair his vehicle.

    “My car was seriously damaged and I could not afford to get it repaired by myself. Local garages quoted me N$306 195 to repair it, but the police only gave me N$45 000,” Nashilongo said.

    “Until now I am struggling to get the car repaired. I have to order parts from South Africa, which is making it even more expensive. This N$45 000 is nothing.”

    Nashilongo said he took a police officer from Onesi to Otsinka village, where they arrested three suspected robbers.

    On their way back, a police vehicle that was following them collided with his Jeep.

    He said the Omusati regional police at Outapi asked him to submit quotations, which he did.

    He said the quotations clearly indicated that the total amount required was N$306 195, but last year they asked him to travel to Windhoek, where he was handed N$45 000.

    In November 2016 Nashilongo approached the Directorate of Legal Aid in the justice ministry to assist him with a legal representative to take the matter to court. He later dropped the case after he was advised not to take the police to court.

    According to him, the police opted to use him and his vehicle whenever they were chasing criminals. “Nobody suspects there were police officers in the car and we always got them easily and successfully.

    “I want the police to assist me financially to repair my car. My car collided with a police car while I was helping them arrest suspected robbers. I am unemployed and I have no money to repair it,” Nashilongo added.


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    Okatope solar plants get off the groundOkatope solar plants get off the ground Three companies awarded tenders by NamPower to set up three solar power plants at Okatope in the Oshikoto Region have started construction.

    NamPower signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the three private companies to develop plants that will generate 15 MW of renewable power under the interim renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) programme.

    The plants are expected to feed electricity into the national grid at NamPower's Okatope substation.

    Information on the project is scant though, as the power utility and the three companies are not willing to talk, while the regional government claims that it was not briefed on the project.

    Currently NamPower supplies the Okatope substation with electricity from the Ruacana hydropower station, via Omaruru and Tsumeb. There are frequent outages due to faults on the long power line.

    According to information obtained by Namibian Sun, in 2014 NamPower invited companies to bid for tenders to produce solar energy at Okatope.

    In 2015 the Electricity Control Board (ECB) awarded the tenders to Unisun Energy, Tandii Investment and NCF Energy.

    Unisun Energy is part of the Italian Enertronica Group, while NCF Energy is owned by an Australian company. Each company will establish a solar plant with a capacity of 5 MW. The REFIT power scheme provides for a basic rate of N$1.37 per kWh generated.

    The ECB has said that the REFIT programme is designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies by offering long-term contracts to independent power producers (IPPs).

    A total generation capacity of 70 MW is expected to be added through the interim REFIT programme, which translates to 14 IPPs generating 5 MW each.

    “The 14 IPP projects will inject a combined total amount of approximately N$1.6 billion of foreign direct investment into the electricity sector and ultimately into the Namibian economy,” the ECB stated.

    In its 2017 annual report the ECB stated that the introduction of IPPs in the Namibian electricity supply industry was crucial for adding to the country's generation capacity in a sustainable manner.

    “The [industry] in Namibia needs to keep pace with the changing energy requirements and regional and global developments in the power sector, including the global nature of the IPP industry,” the ECB stated.

    “Namibia has a well-developed electricity supply industry and the reforms introduced by the government of Namibia, including the establishment of regional electricity distributors (REDs), place the Namibian industry at par with some of the best-run power systems internationally,” it said.

    When Namibian Sun approached regional governor Henock Kankoshi for comment, he said he was unaware of the project and referred the newspaper to the regional councillor for Onyaanya constituency, Petrus Kambala.

    When contacted, Kambala said his office had not been briefed on the project.

    “I am aware of the project, but I was not briefed on the project. According to what I heard when I enquired is that the project is being implemented by private companies setting up a solar plant to be a back-up for the NamPower Okatope substation,” Kambala said.

    “On who contracted them and for how long they will be there, I have no idea.”


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  • 01/31/19--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Shoprite shares dive after profit warning

    South African retailer Shoprite looked set for its biggest fall in almost 20 years on Wednesday after it warned of a steep drop in half-year headline earnings citing foreign exchange setbacks and other factors.

    Shoprite in a trading statement released after the market close on Tuesday said it expects headline earnings per share (HEPS) including an adjustment for hyperinflation to fall by as much as 26% to 388.6-441.1 cents for the 26 weeks which ended on Dec. 30.

    "The low turnover growth resulting from low food inflation, temporary stock availability challenges and currency devaluations combined with lower non-RSA (non-South Africa) gross margins and inflexible expense growth have adversely affected profitability," Shoprite said in its trading statement.

    Last Tuesday, Shoprite, which owns more than 2 800 outlets across Africa, reported flat half-year sales, held back by a strike at its largest distribution centre in South Africa and sharp currency devaluations elsewhere.

    In South Africa the retailer has seen cost increases in rent, electricity, security, transport and depreciation, it said. – Nampa/Reuters

    Diageo's HY sales rise on India, China demand

    Diageo Plc, the world's largest spirits company, reported higher half-year sales yesterday, helped by strength in India and China.

    The British maker of Johnnie Walker Scotch and Smirnoff vodka reported net sales of 6.91 billion pounds (US$9.07 billion), up 7% on an organic basis, for the six months ended Dec. 31.

    It reported earnings of 77 pence per share, excluding one-time items.

    Analysts on average were expecting organic net sales growth of 5.5% and earnings of 71.4 pence per share for the period, according to a company-supplied consensus.

    Diageo also said it would buy back 660 million pounds worth of shares, bringing the total buyback programme to up to 3 billion pounds for the year ending June 30. – Nampa/Reuters

    Facebook profit beats Wall St

    Facebook Inc on Wednesday easily beat Wall Street's profit estimates, soothing investor concerns that increased spending on the privacy of its users would blunt growth.

    The world's largest online social media network has pledged to invest heavily in the privacy and security of its users after scandals over improperly shared data and propaganda hurt its image and made it the target of political scrutiny across the globe.

    Net income rose to US$6.88 billion, or US$2.38 per share, in the fourth quarter, up from US$4.27 billion, or US$1.44 per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected earnings of US$2.19 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

    Total fourth-quarter revenue rose 30% to US$16.9 billion from US$12.97 billion, compared to analysts' average estimate of US$16.4 billion.

    Facebook said on a conference call after reporting earnings that its total revenue growth rate this quarter would decelerate to mid-single digits, excluding currency fluctuations, compared to the fourth quarter, and would continue to slow down throughout the year. It said it continued to expect 2019 total expenses to grow about 40% to 50% compared with 2018. – Nampa/Reuters

    Alibaba revenue grows at weakest pace in 3 years

    E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's quarterly revenue grew at its weakest pace in three years, as the impact of a slowing China and a crippling Sino-US trade war kept buyers away during its top-sale season.

    Alibaba, the second most valuable public company in Asia after Tencent, posted third-quarter revenue of 117.28 billion yuan (US$17.47 billion), compared to 83 billion yuan a year earlier.

    Alibaba typically posts its highest revenue in the December quarter due to its mega "Singles' Day" in November - the world's biggest online sales event that outstrips the sales of US shopping holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

    In 2018, even though Alibaba netted a record US$30 billion from the Singles' Day, annual growth dropped to the weakest rate in the event's 10-year history as a slowing China and trade tensions chilled sentiment. – Nampa/Reuters

    Canon expects first drop in operating profit since 2016

    Japan's Canon Inc expects its annual operating profit to drop for the first time in three years, as a Chinese economic slowdown and a stronger yen hit sales of cameras and panel-making equipment.

    The camera and printer manufacturer on Wednesday forecast an operating profit of 325 billion yen (US$2.97 billion) for 2019, down 5.2% from 342.95 billion yen a year earlier – the first decline since 2016. That would be below a consensus of 332.35 billion yen of 18 analysts, according to Refinitiv data.

    "We are bracing for a number of risk factors this year, including Sino-US trade frictions, an economic slowdown in China and emerging markets, as well as Brexit-driven political turmoil in Europe," chief financial Office Toshizo Tanaka said.

    China's economy grew at its slowest in almost three decades in 2018 and the pace is expected to ease further this year.

    Canon shares have lost about 30% over the past year as the company slashed its annual profit forecast twice on lean demand for semiconductor and flat panel-producing equipment. – Nampa/Reuters

    Volvo releases brake on special dividend

    Swedish truckmaker Volvo said on Wednesday it would pay a special dividend of 5 Swedish crowns (US$0.5523) per share after reporting fourth-quarter profit marginally ahead of expectations and repeating its 2019 market demand outlook.

    Operating income, adjusted for a 7 billion crowns provision relating to an emissions issue, jumped to 10.60 billion from a year-ago 7.33 billion, slightly ahead of the 10.47 billion forecast in a poll of analysts.

    Volvo has been buoyed by robust demand in recent years as truck buyers renew fleets starved of investment during the last downturn but ignited worries in October that markets might have peaked with a forecast of slower demand for trucks in both Europe and China in 2019.

    However, the company on Wednesday reiterated its markets outlook for Europe, China and North America, saying it expected European demand to be on "historically good levels" and North American economic growth to support the regional truck market.

    The company warned this month its fourth-quarter operating income would be hit by a 7 billion provision to cover costs stemming from some of its engines running the risk of exceeding emission limits due to a fault with externally sourced catalytic converters. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 01/31/19--14:00: From cow to cone
  • From cow to coneFrom cow to coneTaking a ride into a world of scoops Café Cramer's has become an institution in Namibia, where customers gather to experience a delightful atmosphere and enjoy ice cream of the highest quality. Justicia Shipena

    Café Cramer’s is located on the ground floor of the new FNB headquarters in Independence Avenue, across from the Carl List Mall and Avani Hotel.

    The café is run and owned by Ernst Cramer and his wife Ina. Cramer’s is best known for its famous homemade ice cream and waffles.

    Cramer’s goals are to supply a unique product at a reasonable and affordable price, and to have locally made ice cream across the country.

    The café currently employees a total of 16 employees who are mostly students. The employees work on a shift basis - in the mornings, afternoons and night.

    Ernst told Careers that the ice cream business has been running from 2013. It was first a home-run business in Windhoek at the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule site, then later moved to the family farm.

    “At the farm we then supplied to shops in Windhoek such Spar and several hotels and restaurants as well,” he said.

    Ernst said they later experienced challenges with regard to logistics; this the led to the business moving back to Windhoek.

    “We first supply to our own café, then after we supply to other outlets,” he said.

    Ernst added that they used to supply to other towns outside Windhoek, such Swakopmund, but stopped it due to experiencing transport issues, and because this was not financially viable.

    Their ice cream is manufactured at their family farm called Rogers, which is situated in the eastern part of the country.

    Cramer’s ice cream is handcrafted using organic milk and cream from their farm kitchen and is sold at Cramer’s café and various supermarkets.

    They usually use locally grown fruits, hence their flavours change according to the growing season.

    They don’t add any artificial flavouring, colouring, stabilisers, preservatives and the like to their products.

    Cramer’s also serves smoothies, milkshakes, coffee and sundowners like wine, beer and other drinks, as well as snacks like brötchens, soup, salads and samosas are also part of their menu.

    Cramer’s runs an online marketing strategy on Facebook and Instagram and they also market via live music and ice cream tasting and other social media platforms.

    What makes Cramer’s unique is that it hosts different activities such as salsa nights, live performances by local artists and many more, to engage with customers.

    It offers an exclusive, safe place and a niche for products of great quality.

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  • 01/31/19--14:00: From cow to cone
  • From cow to coneFrom cow to coneTaking a ride into a world of scoops Café Cramer’s has become an institution in Namibia, where customers gather to experience a delightful atmosphere and enjoy ice cream of the highest quality. Justicia Shipena

    Café Cramer’s is located on the ground floor of the new FNB headquarters in Independence Avenue, across from the Carl List Mall and Avani Hotel.

    The café is run and owned by Ernst Cramer and his wife Ina. Cramer’s is best known for its famous homemade ice cream and waffles.

    Cramer’s goals are to supply a unique product at a reasonable and affordable price, and to have locally made ice cream across the country.

    The café currently employees a total of 16 employees who are mostly students. The employees work on a shift basis - in the mornings, afternoons and night.

    Ernst told Careers that the ice cream business has been running from 2013. It was first a home-run business in Windhoek at the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule site, then later moved to the family farm.

    “At the farm we then supplied to shops in Windhoek such Spar and several hotels and restaurants as well,” he said.

    Ernst said they later experienced challenges with regard to logistics; this the led to the business moving back to Windhoek.

    “We first supply to our own café, then after we supply to other outlets,” he said.

    Ernst added that they used to supply to other towns outside Windhoek, such Swakopmund, but stopped it due to experiencing transport issues, and because this was not financially viable.

    Their ice cream is manufactured at their family farm called Rogers, which is situated in the eastern part of the country.

    Cramer’s ice cream is handcrafted using organic milk and cream from their farm kitchen and is sold at Cramer’s café and various supermarkets.

    They usually use locally grown fruits, hence their flavours change according to the growing season.

    They don’t add any artificial flavouring, colouring, stabilisers, preservatives and the like to their products.

    Cramer’s also serves smoothies, milkshakes, coffee and sundowners like wine, beer and other drinks, as well as snacks like brötchens, soup, salads and samosas are also part of their menu.

    Cramer’s runs an online marketing strategy on Facebook and Instagram and they also market via live music and ice cream tasting and other social media platforms.

    What makes Cramer’s unique is that it hosts different activities such as salsa nights, live performances by local artists and many more, to engage with customers.

    It offers an exclusive, safe place and a niche for products of great quality.

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    Hands off, we have bills to payHands off, we have bills to pay ?

    Women vendors at Outapi, who are in the fight of their lives with the town council, say they are being chased home to starve.

    Outapi town council officials, accompanied by private security officers, were involved in a clash with seven female vendors on Wednesday, who are not making use of the open market at the town, rather choosing to sell their wares on the street. The women, who feared their products would be confiscated, fought back, tussling with the security officers and council officials. According to one of the vendors, Loide Kandjai, town council officials had approached them a day earlier and attempted to confiscate their items. This attempt failed after community members got involved. The council officials then came back on Wednesday, accompanied by security officers. “The town council officials just approached us while we were busy selling our items under a tree at the Oshakati taxi hiking spot. They started confiscating our items and loading them into a car, but we resisted,” Kandjai said. “After we resisted, they started throwing our items on the ground and confiscated some of them. They are chasing us out of the street go home to our houses and do what? We have bills to pay and families to support. They must let us do our business.” Kandjai said the open market at the town is overcrowded and there are no customers, and that is why they opt to sell their wares on the street. Outapi public relations officer Fillipus Shililifa did not provide any comment, saying they were going to contact the regional health directorate before commenting. Omusati regional police spokesperson, Inspector Linekela Shikongo, said the police were notified of the town council's intention to confiscate the vendors' items. They accompanied the council officials, but did not get involved. “Our members witnessed the whole commotion, but they were not involved. No one was arrested and no case opened because there was no physical confrontation,” Shikongo said. He added that the police decided not to get involved because they were only asked to assist in case the situation got out of hand, due to possible community involvement.

    In November last year, the police had to use pepper spray to disperse about 100 street vendors who went on an angry rampage, after the cops allegedly confiscated and threw away the goods they were selling. Among those teargased were three toddlers strapped on their mothers' backs, witnesses said. Four suspects from the group were taken in for questioning, after the vendors allegedly threw stones at the police, targeting vehicles that were sent to the scene to quell the riot.

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    'It's the beginning of a dictatorship''It's the beginning of a dictatorship'PM laments undue interference The president of the PDM McHenry Venaani has demanded President Hage Geingob apologise to the country. President Hage Geingob's interference in the City of Windhoek suspensions saga is the beginning of a dictatorship, says Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani.

    According to Venaani the president must apologise to Namibia.

    Venaani was especially aggrieved and distressed by the president's remark, “I am not a lawyer, go now and doctor it”.

    “The laws of the country provide you with an attorney-general who must advise him (the president). The president cannot play ignorant; he cannot say he is not a lawyer,” ­Venaani said.

    On Wednesday Geingob directed the City councillors and management to reinstate suspended CEO Robert Kahimise and City Police chief Abraham Kanime with immediate effect.

    He also ordered that the charges against Kahimise, who was suspended in October last year after obtaining a City study loan, allegedly without following the required procedures, be dropped.

    In addition to the alleged study loan misconduct, a volley of other allegations were also levelled against Kahimise.

    These include allegations of non-procedural appointments at the municipality, the alleged quashing of a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that led to Kanime's suspension, questions around a salary increase and the irregular use of municipal property, funds and overtime claims.

    Kanime was suspended with full pay in March last year amid a strained relationship with the CEO.

    After rumblings began to emerge on social media about Geingob's City intervention, the presidency issued a statement saying the president's remarks “should in no way be interpreted as a directive”.

    Venaani said as head of state Geingob is only allowed to pardon convicted criminals.

    “The president has no right to interfere in the administration of the third layer of governance. The president, under the constitution, is only allowed to pardon offenders who were convicted in a competent court of law,” he said.

    Venaani also suggested that Geingob has become an accomplice to Kahimise's alleged misconduct.

    “He has infringed himself and is in conflict of the law by saying someone under investigation must be reinstated and those charges must be dropped. In this instance Hage Geingob has become the court of law,” said Venaani.

    He cautioned that if this kind of interference is tolerated, then soon the president will be allowed to advise parliament to dance to his tunes.

    Venaani also chided the presidency for its U-turn, which claimed Geingob had only advised the councillors.

    “There is nothing wrong in advising his caucus in private to say, 'colleagues are these suspensions necessary?' But how do you tell councillors, even councillors that are not part of your party, to go drop the charges? What kind of system is this?” Venaani asked.

    He said the PDM will now monitor the affairs and actions of the City like a hawk.


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    GIPF confident housing scheme will succeedGIPF confident housing scheme will succeed ?

    The Government Institutions Pension Fund is confident that its investment in housing will succeed.

    The GIPF has invested N$1.38 billion in housing projects, N$600 million in financing for affordable housing and N$779 million in financing housing for all income groups.

    Following its ill-fated N$600 million investment in the Development Capital Portfolio, the fund is determined not to repeat its earlier mistakes.

    Its general manager for investments, Conville Britz, says the fund has worked out a mitigation plan to minimise losses.

    He explains that the GIPF did not directly invest in housing projects but did it through property specialists.

    “All our residential property exposure is held through mandates awarded to property specialists. These mandates dictate broad investment guidelines pertaining to investment restrictions, required risk and return profile, value addition strategies and risk management,” Britz says.

    “All transactions come with conditions precedent to ensure the mitigation of risks; these typically encompass certain formalities, due diligence and pre-sales levels.”

    According to him, performance indicators are set for fund managers to achieve, which are monitored throughout the life of these mandates. “These mandates run for ten-year periods, providing for sufficient time to add value to projects and exit them profitably,” he says. In instances were investments in property do not fare well, fund managers' performance share would also decrease.

    “In the event that after such a rigorous process a particular residential development does not yield results within the timeframe of the mandate, it would result in the overall residential portfolio within a given mandate not returning the profits required, reducing the extent to which the fund manager can share in performance fees,” Britz explains.

    “Such a development could either be sold at a discount as a distressed sale or then be carried over into a direct portfolio in the GIPF name to allow it time for any market corrections. It is rather unlikely for a residential development to perform so poorly that we don't recoup the cost of our investment,” Britz said.

    Asked whether the GIPF envisaged investing in more housing projects, Britz said a total of N$600 million had been set aside for fund managers.

    “GIPF awarded affordable housing mandates to the tune of N$600 million during 2018; these are running for a ten-year period. These affordable housing mandates are open for funding new developments that meet the criteria of affordability by households with a minimum joint income of N$30 000 which would translate to residential units amounting to a maximum of N$900 000 inclusive of land,” Britz says.

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    Zim civil servants back down on strikeZim civil servants back down on strike The situation is volatile and polarised and the action we take may be hijacked for issues which have nothing to do with labour. - Cecilia Alexander: Chairperson: Apex Zimbabwe's umbrella public sector union has backed down from plans for a national strike, an official said yesterday, citing the volatile situation in the country after violent protests this month were met by a security crackdown.

    Wage negotiations between the government and the Apex Council, which represents 17 public sector unions, broke down on Wednesday. The unions then met to decide a date for a strike and announce it this week but the talks ended in disarray.

    Government workers are demanding wage rises and payments in US dollars to help them stave off spiralling inflation and an economic crisis that has sapped supplies of cash, fuel and medicines in state hospitals.

    "Apex feels that its not conducive to take action," Cecilia Alexander, Apex Council's chairwoman told Reuters.

    "The situation is volatile and polarised and the action we take may be hijacked for issues which have nothing to do with labour."

    Unions have traded accusations of being paid by the opposition and donors to go on strike and cause violence.

    A three-day strike called by another union from Jan. 14 over a sharp fuel price hike by president Emmerson Mnangagwa turned into violence and looting. Rights groups say at least 12 people were killed but police say only three died.

    The events of the past two weeks exposed the instinctive heavy-handedness of security forces, leading many to say that Mnangagwa is reverting to the strongarm tactics used by his predecessor Robert Mugabe, who was removed in a coup in 2017.

    Teachers, who make the biggest bloc in the 305 000 civil service, will walk out from their jobs on Feb. 5, the biggest teachers union has said. – Nampa/Reuters

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