Internet Technologies Angola (ITA), part of the Paratus Group, launched its first broadband internet service in Moxico, Angola’s largest province in the east of the country. The new service is a significant intervention to unlock the potential for both the private and public sectors in the province, which spans 223,000 km2 and has a population of close to a million people.
In line with the ITA/Paratus strategy to expand its quality network coverage, this new connectivity further consolidates the company’s commitment to the Government’s national telecommunications strategy to deliver inclusive fiber and digital services across Angola.
Covering more than 1,000 kilometres, the new link begins in Lobito, in Benguela province, runs across the central plateau through the Huambo and Bié provinces, and ends in the city of Luena, Moxico. In addition to connecting the east of the country to Angola and the world, the project also includes the delivery of internet services to municipalities along the route and provides both residents and businesses with the benefits of high-quality connectivity. Importantly, the link also enables the introduction of new telecommunications services such as cable television and educational and health public services.
Deputy Governor of Luena, Dr Victor da Silva said “This is important for the country because the new link not only connects Luena to the rest of the world but, through high-quality technology from ITA/Paratus, it also provides Eastern Angola with access to the highest level of health and education services. We are able to promote the development of the best levels of service provision in areas such as banking, health, and education through having this new Internet service in Moxico.”
General Director of ITA/Paratus, Francisco Pinto Leite, adds that this connection marks a new chapter in the country’s development. “Our plan has always been to develop robust infrastructures that may leverage the economic potential of municipalities and to promote inclusion and digital transformation. This new connection reaffirms our commitment to transforming Angola into a data hub in Africa.”
ITA/Paratus is providing free broadband internet connectivity to the Professional Teacher Training School and to Colégio 4 de Fevereiro, which serves more than 2,000 students in Luena as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program. The Director of Education in Moxico, Valeriano Chimo says: “We are so grateful to receive this donation from ITA as, with just one click, it will connect our graduates to the rest of the world and give them bigger and better educational opportunities.”
Franciso Pinto Leite concludes: “We are very proud of our collaboration with government, of our social responsibility initiatives to unlimited potential, and of the ITA/Paratus ambition to build Africa’s quality network.”
Nedbank Namibia recently introduced an internal staff initiative called the Nedbank Team Challenge, which serves as an opportunity for Nedbank staff to become involved in their immediate communities by assisting where it is needed the most.
The Nedbank Team Challenge is more than just an opportunity to volunteer for a cause or a simple volunteerism experience. It is an opportunity where Nedbank staff can demonstrate what it means to be financial experts who do good, and are able to be the difference that impacts our world through partnerships and collaboration.
A total of nine teams have collaborated with a number of Namibian NGO’s who do work across the areas of social welfare, education, and health.
The Nedbank Namibia ICT for Development team (ICT4D), made an impact recently by collaborating with the Hearing and Visually Impaired Schools in Windhoek. The schools, which are based in Khomasdal, offer tuition fees to learners who require special needs, from pre-primary to grade 10. The school also offers pre-vocational and office administration courses.
The Nedbank Namibia ICT4D team recently handed over basic necessities to the Hearing and Visually Impaired Schools such as cosmetics, clothing, cleaning agents, as well as a total of twenty complete workstation computers, to aid in the teaching and learning of the students with hearing and visual impairment.
At the handover, Nedbank Namibia’s Head of ICT and ICT4D team member, Taschiona Gawaxab, noted that education is the only hope for the development of a country, and stated that when the youth are equipped, the country is equipped.
“We as the Nedbank ICT department embarked on this journey well over a year ago to identify where we could make a change. We identified the Visually and Hearing Impaired School due to the fact that the lack of digital skills amongst this group is more pronounced; by donating these computers, we wish to promote inclusivity amongst the Visually and Hearing Impaired community, by assisting to bring them along with us into the digital economy. Technology has always been an equalizer and with these desktops, we hope the tech journey of the recipients commences. Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela once remarked that education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world, so, let these PC’s be the change in yours,” she added.
The other team members include Nally Ndjoba, Rudolf Muhinda, Benitha Muule, Luewellin Klukowski, Catherine Beukes, Patricia Sheya, Lettie Zambwe, and Winny Munekamba.
The Nedbank Namibia ICT4D team’s mandate is to help improve the quality of education and skills development at all levels, taking into consideration that the world is moving towards digitalisation and automated processes, and therefore, it is of utmost importance to be computer literate.
“We also chose to work with these organisations as they are often overlooked. Our project is about uplifting the circumstances of vulnerable girls and boys to promote ICT soft skills and independence, regardless of their health status,” Gawaxab added.
The team mentioned that they have further plans to provide the school with basic ICT skills, as well as assist them with fundraising for the premises to get geysers, clothing, and games for children to play after school.
“We do not plan on stopping here as we will continue to acquire stationery for the learners. The Visually Impaired School is also in need of Braille machines which we understand are costly, and we are therefore requesting any good Samaritans to assist in this regard,” Gawaxab concluded.
For anyone who would like to assist the organisation, please feel free to contact Mr Engelbretch, the Headmaster for the Visually Impaired School on 0812135209, or Ms Alice Bauleth D’Almeida, the Principal of Hearing Impaired School on 061212659.
The Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia has financed 31 grants projected to gazetted Community Forests and Communal Conservancies in 12 of the 14 regions.
This was done through the Green Climate Fund of Namibia Empower to Adapt: Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community Based Natural Resources Management in Namibia (CBNRM EDA).
Manager: Corporate Communications at EIF, Lot Ndamanomhata said the funded projects have to date contributed towards empowering rural CBNRM communities in Namibia by increasing their resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change such as protracted drought, increased flood events, reduced crop production and livestock losses.
“The interventions implemented by the projects are directly contributing towards the realization of Namibia’s obligations to national and international climate change goals, objectives and frameworks,” he explained.
Minister of Finance, Iipumbu Shiimi said the impact achieved to date on initiates such as these, which are geared towards adaptation to climate change shocks and stresses within the communal areas of Namibia are commendable. “This incorporation of nature-based enterprises concepts for projects with income generation objective, mainly fodder, horticulture and renewable energy gives me assurance on the sustainability of these interventions for diversified livelihood options,” he said.
He further shared his delight about Namibia as a developing country making effort towards building resilience to climate change impacts, such as the ones manifested by the 16 community projects.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, was Deputy Minister, Honourable Heather Sibungo said the EDA modality is structured in such a way that guarantees that funding will be exclusively and directly channelled to the vulnerable gazetted Communal Conservancies and Community Forests, where their project’s impact is being realised.
“These projects will further contribute towards achieving the national objectives set in the National Policy on climate change and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC’s) as per the United Nations Framework Convention and Climate Change (UNFCCC),” she added.
Chief Executive Officer of the EIF, Benedict Libanda said the project has not only made communities resilient despite climate change shocks and stresses but they have also constituted significantly towards the maintenance and improvement of ecosystem services and function and these 16 community projects will save 7,285 919.31 tones of CO2 from avoided emissions through renewable energy sources.
“Over the past five years, the EIF successfully mobilised more than N$1.6 Billion of which N$800 million is through grands and N$750 million through line credit lines. Every one dollar that has been invested through the budget provision of the Namibian attracted N$14,” he said.
He said they will continue to engage multilateral climate and environmental funds as well as other development finance institutions to mobilise more funding to enhance their portfolio nationally as their mandate dictates.
The 16 projects handed over was to the value of N$66 million and were awarded to communities located in Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kunene, Kavango East, Kavango West, Zambezi, Erongo and //Karas regions.
The community projects have benefited a total of 50,000 beneficiaries, provided more than 3 000 green jobs, and an area of more than 5.5 million Hectares of ecosystems have strengthened, restored and are protected from climate variability and change.
NamPower recently migrated all its operations from its existing SAP ECC system to the next-generation SAP S/4 HANA business suite as part of its Integrated Strategic Business Plan to transform into an intelligent enterprise within the medium term.
The utility’s Integrated Strategic Business Plan for 2020 to 2025 sets an ambitious goal to focus on technological advances in its product offering to meet the future demands and expectations of both customers and employees.
SAP is the German business suite product offering so-called wall-to-wall financial and management solutions for large to very large enterprises. NamPower has been running on a SAP backbone for nearly two decades.
Announcing the migration, NamPower said in a statement the new S/4HANA platform offers a host of benefits such as embedded real-time analytics, an intelligent and powerful user experience across all devices with SAP Fiori, faster response times and better performance with the SAP HANA database.
With SAP S/4HANA, NamPower can now adopt new technologies such as Machine Learning, robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) in its business processes.
It is hoped that the implementation of S/4HANA will increase productivity through the improvement and automation of business processes. NamPower said although it is common practice to outsource major changes to Enterprise Resource Planning systems due to the high level of complexity, it has broken new ground by being the first local company to do so with its own SAP-certified team. Not only did this save Nampower about N$8 million in consultancy fees, it also attracted the attention of SAP itself who rewarded the accomplishment with a nomination at this year’s SAP Africa Quality Awards for Customer Success.
The team comprises experts in various SAP functionalities such as SAP Basis, Asset Management, SAP Multichannel Foundation, Product Lifecycle and Engineering, Finance Operations, Human Resources and Payroll, Sourcing and Procurement, and SAP FIORI Launchpad.
Project implementation took about 10 months with the go-live event carried out on the weekend of 16 to 18 October 2021.
Nampower’s IT team, standing from the left, Steven Zeruas, Victor Soja, Raphy Kavetuna, Donovan Maasz and Desiree Cupido. Seated, from the left, John Nangolo, Lucia Hambeka, Isack Tjombonde, Rosalia Naboth and Paulus Mbangu.
Namibia recognizes that fossil fuel is no longer the fuel of the future and renewable energy is now the solution to climate change, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo said at the Renewable Energy Business Summit in Dubai, UAE on Saturday.
“We understand and accept that fossil fuel is no longer the fuel of the future and that the world is transitioning to renewable energy. We are, however, also calling for an energy transition that is just and equitable among nations,” he said.
Alweendo said there is a need to guard against an energy transition process that has the potential to adversely affect some without any mitigation.
“It is the case that countries that are highly dependent on fossil fuel for their sociology-economic development, may need a little more time to transition than countries that have already made an inroad into the renewable energy space,” he said.
According to Alweendo, since Namibia has the world’s second-highest solar irradiation regime, high wind power potential and potential for geothermal and bioenergy developments
“The potential for green electricity production in Namibia is many times the country’s domestic electricity consumption,” he said, adding that as a demonstration to our commitment to the transition from fossil fuel energy, renewable energy features prominently in Namibia’s economic recovery plan that was recently launched by HE President Hage G. Geingob.
“As part of the recovery plan, Namibia has a goal to be a green hydrogen hub on the African continent. After a thorough and transparent assessment of all the bids that were received, during the COP26 held recently in Glasgow, President Geingob announced Hyphen Hydrogen Energy (Hyphen) as the successful bidder. We look forward to working together with Hyphen to realize our goal of becoming a green hydrogen hub. Given the size of the available renewable energy resources in the country, it is our intention to explore the idea of seeking other potential investors to collaborate with us,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said, realizing the goal of becoming a green hydrogen hub and addressing the energy security of supply, the task cannot be achieved by the government alone.
“To achieve our goal, we will rely on the private sector investment. We will need investors, both local and international, to invest in our energy sector. It is, therefore, our commitment to the investors that we will do all that is necessary to ensure that your investment in Namibia is protected and secure,” he concluded.
Fuel prices will increase by 70 cents per litre from 1 December due to a hike in global oil prices, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) announced recently.
The price of gasoline at the pump in Walvis Bay will become N$16.65 per litre and the price of diesel will be increased to N$15.58 per litre, MME spokesperson Andreas Simon said, adding that fuel prices will be adjusted accordingly countrywide.
The oil subsidy becomes a heavy burden for the government’s National Energy Fund, which paid 110 Namibian cents per litre on gasoline and 106 Namibian cents per litre on diesel for consumers in November, Simon said. “This amounts to approximately over 154 million Namibia dollars”
The government has to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fund, he said.
OPEC and other oil-producing countries are set to meet on 2 December to discuss production policy for January and beyond, as the global oil prices surged to multi-year highs. West Texas Intermediate crude futures hit a seven-year high of USD84.65 in October.
Namibia Sports Commission officially recognized and welcomed the Namibia Handball Federation as a new federation and issued them with a provisional certificate of registration at an event held on Monday, 29 November.
The federation interim executive committee members were officially welcomed by the NSC Chief Administrator Simataa Mwiya and were introduced to the media.
The interim executive’s Terms of Reference (TOR’s) amongst others are 1. Organize and set up regional structures across the country as per their constitution, 2. Affiliate to the continental and international Handball Organization’s respectively, 3. Administer and develop handball in Namibia, 4. Solicit partnerships and sponsorships to develop the sport of handball, 5. Organize the game of handball, 6. Organize the first elective congress before October 2024.
The Interim executive committee term of office duration shall be for three years from (2022 – 2024).
Pictured is Chalo Chainda (NSC Marketing & PR Officer), Bela Veiko (Interim Treasury), Elina Mutumbulwa (Interim Vice President) Issy Nakamwe (Interim President) and Simataa Mwiya (NSC Chief Administrator).
The Chief Executive of the MVA FUND, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku confirmed that the situation on the roads remains worrisome as the greatest cause of crashes in the country relates to human factors, which constitutes 70% of all crashes.
Martins-Hausiku said this at the launch of the 2021/22 festive season road safety campaign in eetmanshoop on 25 November.
She said this time of the year brings the joy of rest after a long year of work, family bonding and increased travelling and on the other hand, it is a time that is characterised by road crashes and subsequent injury and fatality.
“Statistics collated by the MVA Fund Emergency Call Centre show that as of 30 September 2021, 71% of total crashes occurred in only five regions, Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Oshona, Erongo and Oshikoto and the same regions constituted 68% of injuries and 49% of fatalities, while males made up 99% of overall deceased drivers,” she informed.
She further said that more shockingly, 66% of drivers were aged between 25 and 44 years and 82% of crashes involved pedestrian collisions and rollovers.
“As these statistics show, the three most common types of crashes are pedestrian-related, rollovers and collisions, resulting in passengers, pedestrians and drivers constituting the most vulnerable road user groups and thus facing serious injury in road crashes,” she emphasised.
She said the impact of such crashes and vulnerability of road users, such as children and pedestrians, results in severe injuries including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and poly-trauma.
“In 2021, we recorded 182 severely injured persons, i.e. 35 cases of traumatic brain injury, 46 cases of spinal cord injury, and 101 cases of poly-trauma injury and in the same period, we received 2405 benefit claims, with the injury grant accounting for 74% of claims received, followed by the funeral grant 18%, loss of support 4.6%, loss of income 2.4% and medical reimbursement at 1% and the total of these benefits costs amounted to N$285.4 million,” she added.
She further expressed that they will increase emergency response capacity on B1 and B2 routes, Paramedics will be stationed at Arandis, Farm Wilhelmsdal, Farm Sukses, Omuthiya, Otjiwarongo and the newly established MVA Fund Service Centre in Otavi along the B1 and B2 routes, first responder simulations will be conducted along the B1 and B2 routes in order to encourage community participation and awareness of road safety.
“We will also start to roll out our Green Dot Programme which deals with public transport passenger safety and will provide defensive driver training to public transport drivers and we will conduct road user education and awareness engagements with pedestrians and risks related to speeding, fatigue, driving under the influence and operation of unroadworthy vehicles with drivers and targeted driver interventions will be undertaken with various motor clubs,” she said.
She emphasised that the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign is an important tool in the country’s efforts to reduce road casualties and it also offers all role-players an opportunity to draw attention to the scale of the emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes.
“We should therefore avoid the loss of lives on our roads at all cost and I thus plead with all road users, young and old, to reflect on their behaviour when on the roads this festive season,” she said.
She encouraged all road users to practice safe road user behaviour, and call the MVA Fund Accident Response Number, 9682, to report crashes as doing so can save lives.
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*Transfer from Omatako to Von Bach Dam took place.
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