The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) announced that they have come to an agreement with a local business to stitch wigs for their cancer patients again.
The association confirmed that the service was interrupted for the last 6 years due to a South African firm charging in excess of N$10,000 per unit for the manufacturing of natural hair wigs, while no-one locally could offer this as a cost effective rate.
The Cancer Association has since brought synthetic wigs and relied on donations of wigs to ensure a quality range for cancer patients who cannot afford quality wigs that do not hurt the scalp while on treatment.
With the new agreement in play, the local manufacturer will produce the end product free of charge.
Meanwhile the Association has asked for donations of hair locks which must be at least 20cm long, tied to both ends of a rubber band, stored in a Ziploc bag or wrapped in cling wrap plastic and delivered to CAN Head Offices in Windhoek.
The Renewed Youth Organisation (RYO) has revived the ‘High School Dance Off’, a dance platform for high schools in and around Windhoek.
The series of events will commence as from 28 February and all schools have been invited to participate.
The organisors have promised a bigger and better event and encouraged students to form dance groups within their schools and face a panel of judges, including the renowned dance master Keanu Greeves.
“The overall winning group will then represent their school in the semi-finals to take place early April, which takes them a step closer to the grand prize of N$10,000,” they added.
RYO indicated that dance is one of the methods used to bring school learners together and remains an interactive yet fun experience not only for them, but also the community at large.
“Consequently enabling RYO to reach its goal to create better engaging platforms to work towards improved youth development programs for all young people in Namibia,” they said.
“It’s that time young, High School Dance Off awaits you. Its time to put on your dancing shoes. Its time to show Namibia what your school is made of. Its time to secure your place in the finals. It’s time for #namibia #highschool #dancebattle #youth #youth #empowerment #diversity #danceunite #vibes #groove #oldschool #popup #bboy #ballet #kwaito #house #contemp #movement #art #poetry #dream #collab,” they added.
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“We agree that during these tough economic times, our approach to business whether at household or institutional level can not be business as usual. We need to adapt to the “New Normal”. Despite emerging green shoots here and there, it is not clear how long this economic downturn would last. We are therefore better off using our time and energy in constantly reviewing and adjusting our business strategies to weather the storm.”
These sage words came from the Presidential Advisor on Constitutional Affairs & Private Sector Interface, Ms Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, when she addressed a breakfast meeting of the Economist Businesswomen Club last week Friday.
She is no stranger to adversity, having steered NamDeb as Chief Executive through the international financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.
“As the then CEO of NamDeb, it was a very difficult time for us. Diamond prices fell by as much as 50%. We therefore had to cut our fixed cost by as much as 50%. In order to survive the downturn, we had to employ a number of strategies including production stoppage, production holidays, vacancies freeze and voluntary separation,” she said.
Looking at various proven strategies to overcome adversity, Ms Zaamwani-Kamwi said “According to recent research by the Harvard Business School, companies, and I hasten to add the government too, that master the delicate balance between cutting costs to survive today and investing to grow tomorrow do well after a recession.”
“These companies reduce costs selectively by focusing more on operational efficiency than their rivals do. They invest relatively comprehensively in the future by spending on marketing, R&D, and new assets. The authors of the research concluded that the referenced companies’ multi-pronged strategy is the best antidote to a recession.”
“The stronger your business is, the less likely it is to be affected by risks associated with an economic downturn. Strengthening your business does not just involve good financial management. It also includes strategies to retain and broaden your customer base, market your business affordably, keep morale high amongst your staff and improve business practices. You should also look for opportunities to network and form alliances. This will help minimize your exposure,” she said.
Listing the point by point advice of two leading business advisory firms, she said the NamDeb management team successfully navigated the downturn by applying a mix of the formal recommendations.
“It is also important that in difficult times, you have a solid Communication Plan, which includes a culture of clear information and some degree of consensus on strategies being employed to address key challenges,” she said stressing that a culture of frank and open communication increases trust levels and mutual respect between the various stakeholders.
She admits overcoming the current constraints are very difficult, not only because the recession is affecting all sectors and all industries, also because of inertia on the part of many entrepreneurs.
For instance, in manufacturing enterprises, there are huge opportunities in meat processing, cereals, cosmetics, detergents, charcoal and clothing, running into billions of dollars. Public Private Partnerships she sees as another business sphere where many new opportunities will arise in the foreseeable future.
In her capacity as Presidential Advisor, she and her colleagues are actively looking at barriers that restrict entry into business.
“We remain a conservative economy looking at the low rate of business activities; Although we have a robust financial services sector, businesses look to Government for financial incentives; Imports substitution as a model for industrialization is lacking; There is a low level of innovation and entrepreneurship, although taking off we are still mainly at an idea level; Private sector leadership is still predominantly men-led; and Where is Women leadership?” she asked in conclusion.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) working group on climate change on Tuesday called for the region to find sustainable funding models of combating the effects of climate change.
The delegates are meeting in Windhoek to get feedback on progress from member states and come up with a working document to be presented to the ministers of environment and tourism.
“There is a need to come up with a better way of funding our war against climate change instead of relying solely on loans that we can not afford to pay. The challenge for African countries right now is that our efforts are funded from loans coming from elsewhere which places our member states to increasing debts,” the delegates said.
“More challenging is the reality of coming up with an exact amount of how much is needed by both member states and the region in dealing with climate change. The figures received to-date vary depending on different member states,” the delegates said.
Most SADC countries, the delegates said are now experiencing challenges associated with climate change including drought, inconsistent rainfall patterns as well as heatwaves. – (Xinhua)
About 177 swimmers are currently preparing themselves for the Bank Windhoek Long Course Nationals Championships scheduled to take place at the Olympia swimming pool in Windhoek.
Hosted by the Namibia Swimming Union (NASU), the event will kick off on Thursday, 21 and concludes on Sunday, 24 February.
Competing swimmers from various Namibian clubs will battle it out for top honours in 98 events over the four-day event. Aqua Swimming and Fitness, Dolphins Swimming Club, Namibia Swimming Academy (NSA), Marlins, Swakopmund Swimming Club, Swakopmund Flippers Swimming Club and Oranjemund Sand Sharks have confirmed their participation.
This year’s Bank Windhoek Long Course Nationals Championships, is expected to be highly competitive as top swimmers such as Jose Canjulo, Mikah Burger, Ronan Wantenaar, Tiana Esslinger, Heleni Stergiadis and Ariana Naukosho, are all keen to bring their top performances to the championships.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism, this week officially took a stand to protect the wild horses of the Namib Desert from further predation by spotted hyaenas.
This came after grim images of the only surviving foal, with its flank torn open, drew the ire of conservationists across Namibia.
Earlier this year the Namib Wild Horse Foundation accused the ministry of inaction, arguing that if the current mortality rate continues, 2019 will be the very last year for all the wild horses.
The ministry countered these allegations by stating that two attempts were made to relocate the hyaenas but the animals proved wary. Not a single hyaena was caught.
“I gave a directive that the hyaenas in the area should be captured and translocated elsewhere to prevent further predation of the foals. To this effect, two attempts were made between November and December to capture the hyaenas with little success. The hyaenas appeared to be sensitive and run from capture operators and instruments,” stated the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon Pohamba Shifeta, in an official response released on Wednesday.
The Namib Wild Horses are a population of feral horses that have survived for more than a century on the Garub plains just inside the border of the Sperrgebiet National Park, on the road between Aus and Lüderitz. They are sustained by water from a borehole at Garub but in all other respects, they have to fend, and have fended, for themselves, even through the crippling droughts in 1933, 1978, 1998, and more recently over the period 2013 to 2016. Thirty years ago there were about 300 horses, reduced to a remnant of less than 80 individuals since 2013 after spotted hyaenas, historically found only some 300 km further north, migrated into the area.
They are a popular tourist attraction drawing thousands of visitors every year.
The minister said his ministry has developed a specific Wild Horse Action Plan which makes provision for, amongst others, predator management and supplementary feeding when natural grazing is poor or lacking.
The minister has directed the park’s conservation officers to ensure that the hyaenas are removed from the Garub area. “We have so far put down three hyaenas including an adult female which is believed to have been the main cause of foal mortality,” he stated.
“We are hopeful that the interventions we are putting in place will give the horses a relief for their population to recover. I am aware of the various interests regarding the horses and therefore call upon interested parties to join hands with the ministry in assisting to address the wild horses’ situation, provided that such assistance is done in accordance with the policies and laws of our country,” stated the minister.
By Jerome Mutumba
DBN Head of Marketing and Corporate Communication.
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) can benefit from purposeful finance to enable them to fulfill their mandates to develop Namibia using corporate finance.
The primary role of the SOE is to fill gaps in the environment that are not filled by the private sector, either due to the complexity of the operations, or the high capital cost of replicating operations. Although some aspects of large-scale SOE operations are being transferred to the private sector through public private partnerships (PPPs), the need for SOEs is still evident.
In addition to the ability of the SOE to achieve sustainability through revenue streams derived from public services, a well-governed SOE can contain costs for delivery of those services.
The presence of an SOE should have twin development impacts through social and enterprise development. In terms of social development, factors such as delivery of water, electricity, roads, transport, serviced land and housing are examples. Those same factors will be broadly applicable to private sector enterprises, albeit that the private sector enterprise will require serviced land on which to erect commercial premises.
In addition, the SOE can also strengthen the enterprise ecosystem by being an offtaker of private sector goods and services, and spawning PPPs. The ministerial role is to deliver non-divisible services where it is difficult to establish revenue streams, or revenue streams cannot be fully recovered due to outright poverty and/or the need for subsidization. On the other hand, the SOE can, through revenue streams, sustain operations and maintain infrastructure, and develop new infrastructure and provide dividends to the government or reinvest them.
Typical investments that qualify for finance are development of new infrastructure, and maintenance and upgrading of existing infrastructure. On the prudence of financing SOEs, note that although the SOE environment is perceived to be characterized by governance and management failures, it is important to balance this view with consideration of numerous, underreported SOE success stories.
The Development Bank of Namibia is offering finance to SOEs on the basis of successes and reform that indicates clear sustainability going ahead. The Bank has a clear responsibility to balance its own sustainability with development impact, so it views provision of finance to successful SOEs as a matter of importance. The mutual opportunity for the Bank and the SOE lies in infrastructure maintenance and upgrading, and development of new infrastructure to enhance development impact.
Erongo RED is a prime example of the successes that development finance can achieve. Through its finance, DBN has enabled Erongo RED to upgrade its existing infrastructure and put in place new infrastructure. This has enabled expansion of electricity provision to Erongo enterprises, provision of electricity for new neighbourhoods for affordable housing, as well as securing the supply of electricity to smaller Erongo towns.
The bank is seeking to expand its support to SOEs in the interests of development, and its doors are open to business. With sound finance provision for SOEs, a further gap in the economy and its development is closed. We want to add to the successes of those that are already successful in their contribution to Namibia.
Southern African News Features – The growing frequency and unpredictable nature of natural disasters such as floods and droughts is a striking reminder and warning that climate change is a serious phenomenon that has the capacity to destabilize the world.
In recognition of this, the global community has put in place various initiatives to combat the impacts of climate change including negotiating for a binding agreement on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is critical, particularly for developing countries such as those in Africa who naturally produce less emissions yet are the hardest hit by climate change due to limited financial resources to adapt to such changes.
However, since the climate change negotiations begun some decades ago, there have offered very little hope for Africa as issues of climate financing for adaptation remain largely unresolved.
For example, prior to the latest climate talks held in December 2018, the African Group of Negotiators came up with a common position where they outlined priorities and expectations to strengthen climate resilience.
One of the key priorities was the need for developed countries to provide a predictable and adequate financing mechanism to fight the impacts of climate change.
However, the conference failed to come up with a solid position on climate financing, much to the disappointment of Africa.
Developed countries only “urged” to meet their existing commitment of mobilizing US$100 billion in climate finance per year by 2020.
Climate experts in Africa are of the view that in order to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C , developed countries must be held accountable for their past mistakes and should provide a reliable flow of financial resources to developing countries to boost their adaptation and mitigation efforts.
The Zambezi Environment Report 2015, for example, already warns that impacts of climate change are being felt across all sectors in southern Africa including on water resources, human health, food security, tourism and livelihoods.
This implies that any delay in implementing adaptation measures will further worsen the impacts of climate change in the region.
Namibia, which is the current Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged rich nations to deliver on their financial obligations in a transparent manner for developing countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
“In Namibia, the implementation of our country’s NDC is conditioned to the provision of 90% of the financial resources from developed countries,” Prime Minister, Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Katowice, Poland.
SADC and the rest of the African continent argues that such assistance should act as a net transfer of wealth from rich to poor nations mainly in the form of grants as opposed to loans which will further burden developing countries.
In the Paris Rulebook, nations are allowed to count all non-grant instruments as climate finance such as commercial loans and they are only asked to report the grant-equivalence of all these on voluntary basis.
The rulebook is a long-term regulatory framework agreed in Katowice that will help countries to plan, communicate, implement, report and follow up on their commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Another outcome that did not meet the expectations of Africa is that the rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement failed to put enough emphasis on the question of loss and damage.
The rulebook only indicates that vulnerable countries will have a place to report climate-related losses and what they are doing to deal with them, including information on the kind of help they need.
In Katowice, the issue of loss and damage became one of the sticking points as developing countries wanted loss and damage to be treated as a stand-alone while developed countries were in favour of lumping it with other adaptation initiatives.
The failure by the developed countries to consider loss and damage as a critical component means that funds for increased adaptation will remain a challenge for a long time in Africa.
Despite its major shortcomings, negotiators at Katowice, however, managed to finally agree on the rule the rulebook which now acts as an operating manual for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The UN Climate Change Secretariat notes that the rulebook “operationalizes the transparency framework,” which “sets out how countries will provide information about their NDCs that describe their domestic climate actions.
Article 4.3 of the Paris Agreement mentions that each party’s successive nationally determined contribution will represent a progression beyond the party’s then current nationally determined contribution and reflect its highest possible ambition, reflecting its common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances.
The countries’ climate pledges in the NDCs mandated by Article 4 of the Paris Agreement and the rules around what should be in them are supposed to make it easier when making comparison between and among countries and when adding them up as a global aggregate.
To this end, climate negotiators highlighted that all countries “shall” use the latest emissions accounting guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, last updated in 2006, but now in the process of being refreshed next year.
The UNFCCC Parties are set to re-submit or update their NDCs in 2020. A global stocktake to assess the effectiveness of climate action being undertaken by countries will be carried out in 2023.sardc.net
Renowned Land Rover expert and mechanic, Günther Klein, last Saturday 16 February 2019 took a group of Land Rover Defender owners through the paces of basic maintenance and safety checks in his workshop.
The instruction session was organised by Land Rover Owners Namibia, a club that regularly organises group outings and trips for its members.
Mr Klein shared his many years of experience on Defenders with his keen audience, instructing them in the finer detail of maintenance, emergency repairs, aftermarket parts and accessories, and the regular care required between scheduled services.
Klein emphasised the importance of paying close attention to the signals a running car sends to the driver. Look, hear and even feel, through the seat of your pants, how she performs and what your Landie is telling you, he told the Land Rover Owners club members.
The workshop covered several models with particular emphasis on certain parts that has to be checked more often for wear and tear.
Land Rover Owners Namibia has several exhilarating events scheduled for the year starting with the upcoming Land Rover Trophy. Training, offroad driving and a strong social responsibility element guide the Landie owners in all the events.