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Air Namibia Information From the Managing Director and Destination Map.


Investment in Namibia Investment in Namibia is taking centre stage in 2016, with the Invest in Namibia Conference 2016 in Windhoek in November. But there’s an important curtain raiser to it happening in New York on September 22, and that – on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly - is destined to set the tone for this significant event.


Namibia’s river fisheries in crisis Namibia is well-known for its highly productive sea fisheries, thanks to the nutrient-rich water of the Benguela Current that sweeps north along the country’s coastline. Understandably, because of their economic importance to the country, a lot of fisheries management emphasis is on these marine fish stocks.


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Welcome to Lüderitz … the diamond of Namibia! Namibia is known as the “The land of open spaces” and the final 100kms of tarred road down to Lüderitz offers the best example of spectacular open desert vistas. Lüderitz (founded 1886) is a small fishing harbour town with early 20th Century German art nouveau buildings sprinkling its rocky undulating landscape.

44 Natures Confetti Experience the rare and marvellous privilege of seeing the sun rise and set over Namaqua, one of the most spectacular floral kingdoms in the world. 50

When the whole is greater than the sum of its parts Taking mosaic to the level of fine art, glorious mosaic artist Jane du Rand recently made the big move from South Africa to Australia, but still travels wherever her clients and mosaics take her...like to Antibes in the South of France to mosaic two walls of a villa, or Holland, France and Germany to work her magic on four boutique river cruisers.


Motoring James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels, BMW’s lineup of X models, Mercedes refreshed sporting models, The all-new Honda Civic, Toyota’s game-changing, precedent-setting Prius.


Shebeen Life The high point of your safari might not be the wildlife after you have visited Gondwana’s Etosha Safari Camp, where their Shebeen unites a diverse group of people with its joyful vibes and local tunes


82 Elephant’s eye You’ll touch down at Victoria Falls airport en route to your luxury lodge, Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, in Zimbabwe. You’ve come to the right place. 100 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 102 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation. Disclaimer All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Flamingo are not necessarily those of Air Namibia.

116 Air Namibia Information Travel information, Frequent Flyer Information, Cargo Service, Flight Schedule and Fleet Information. 126 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard.




Surface area: 824,268 km . Capital: Windhoek. Independence: 21 March 1990. Current president: Hage Geingob. Multiparty Parliament, Democratic Constitution Division of power between executive, Legislature and judiciary. Secular state—freedom of religion (90% Christian). Freedom of the press/media.

Mobile communication system is available throughout the country. It is also possible to rent cell & satellite phones at the Windhoek International Airport, or buy local Sim cards. Postal service: affiliated to the Universal Postal Union. Schools: over 1700 and various vocational and tertiary education institutions.

TAX AND CUSTOMS All goods and services are priced to include value-added tax of 15%. Visitors may reclaim VAT. Enquiries: Ministry of Finance, Tel (+264 61) 23 0773 in Windhoek.

ENVIRONMENT Nature reserves: 15 % of surface area. Highest mountain: Brandberg. Other prominent mountains: Spitzkoppe, Moltkeblick, Gamsberg. Perennial rivers: Orange, Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando/ Linyanti/Chobe. Ephemeral rivers: Numerous, including Fish, Kuiseb, Swakop and Ugab.

FLORA 14 vegetation zones; 120 species of trees; 200 endemic plant species; 100 plus species of lichen. Living fossil plant: Welwitschia mirabilis.

ECONOMY Main sectors: Mining, fishing, tourism & agriculture. Biggest employer: Agriculture (46%). Fastest-growing sector: Tourism. Mining: Diamonds, uranium, copper, lead, zinc, magnesium, cadmium, arsenic, pyrites, silver, gold, lithium minerals, dimension stones (granite, marble, blue sodalite) and many semi-precious stones.

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Roads: 5,450 km tarred, 37,000 km gravel. Harbours: Walvis Bay, Lüderitz. Main airports: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport, 46 airstrips. Rail network: 2,382 km narrow gauge. Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 Hz with outlets of round three-pin type. Fixed phone coverage throughout the country with direct-dialing facilities to more than 220 countries.

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One medical doctor per 3,650 people. Several state of the art private and state hospitals in Windhoek with intensive-care units, as well as in main towns, with medical practitioners (world standard) and 24-hour medical emergency services.

Currency: The Namibia Dollar (N$) is fixed to and equals the SA Rand. The South African Rand is also legal tender. Foreign currency, International Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.



2.3 million; Density: 2.2 per km; 240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% of total). Official language: English. 14 regions, 13 ethnic cultures, 16 languages and dialects. Adult literacy rate: 85%. Population growth rate: 2.6%.

FAUNA Big game: Elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, 20 antelope species; 240 mammal species (14 endemic); 250 reptile species; 50 frog species; 676 bird species. Endemic birds including Herero Chat, Rockrunner, Damara Tern, Monteiro’s Hornbill.

FOREIGN REPRESENTATION More than 50 countries have Namibian consular or embassy representation in Windhoek.


Public transport is available to most tourist destinations in Namibia. In Namibia one drives on the left. There are bus services from Windhoek to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Vic Falls, Swakopmund, Harare, Lusaka and many other smaller busses which connect most of Namibian regions. Namibia’s main railway line runs from the South African border, connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund in the west and Tsumeb and Oshikango in the north. There is an extensive network of international and regional flights from Windhoek. Domestic charters to all destinations.

HEALTH No inoculations are necessary. Should one enter from a country in which yellow fever prevails, one should have proof of vaccination against such disease. Malaria-prophylaxis is recommended if traveling to far northern Namibia during summer.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is available almost everywhere in the country as well.



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Standard Bank’s Company Wallet is good for business Boosting business revenue and reducing operating costs is one of the lifelines that drive good business. This is the momentum with which Standard Bank’s digital ‘Company Wallet’ service offers benefits to registered companies in the country. The Company Wallet, one of the superior features in the market, is included in the recently launched Standard Bank BlueWallet (an online pre-paid account available to anyone with a valid mobile number). It enables registered businesses to effortlessly make bulk payments to their employees. Furthermore, casual/temporary workers will not need to open a bank account, as their cellphone becomes their bank account. “The Standard Bank Company Wallet is a simple and easy payment solution allowing businesses the opportunity to eliminate the risk of dealing with cash. In addition, our two-stage security process recognises duplicate payments and incorrect customer details and also makes the Company Wallet very secure,” says Standard Bank’s Head of Digital Channels, Bradwyn Beukes. This service is available to all registered Namibian businesses. “These businesses can just send an e-mail to BlueWallet@standardbank.com.na and we will complete the registration for them. Once registration has been completed and you’ve deposited funds into your company wallet, you’re set to go. Bulk payments are affected by using a CSV file for uploads and can pay any number of people at any time. (Template will be provided),” added Beukes. The latest innovative business product comes as a result of Standard Bank’s vision: “To be Namibia’s agile provider of innovative financial solutions.” The Bank plans to attain this vision

through exceptional customer service, continuous innovation, engaged and empowered employee force, operational efficiency and local relevance. This journey started with the implementation of a new core banking system for the Bank Finacle, new state-of-the-art system designed to enable innovation, agility and advanced functionalities for the benefit of our customers. Following the implementation of this new state-of-the-art system our immediate attention was to bring about stability to our systems to enable our customers and clients to enjoy banking services at their convenience. “Following the implementation of a number of initiatives in the last two years, we believe that our ongoing systems and IT environment stability journey has enabled us to come up with innovative products during the course of 2016. We have commenced the next phase of our journey, the innovation phase, which will be an exciting time for our customers and all Namibians to look forward to,” says Standard Bank’s Chief Executive Vetumbuavi Mungunda. One of the many exciting innovative products for Standard Bank corporate companies is the enhanced features included in the BlueWallet product, is the Company Wallet, where registered businesses can make easy bulk payments to their employees. This also includes Tiers that allow amounts in excess of N$2 000 to be transacted if you are KYCed, Wicode which allows transacting cash-less or card-less at large merchants and the ability not to withdraw all your funds from your Wallet. This is indeed a truly innovative product ahead of its time in the Namibian market.

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Dear Esteemed Friends of Air Namibia This month the airline wishes to celebrate the good news that Air Namibia was rated as the 2nd Best Regional Carrier in Africa by Skytrax! We are indeed proud of this achievement, and wish to heartily thank each and every one of you, who have supported Air Namibia through the years. We give the assurance, that with the intense amount of corporate introspection which the airline is currently engaged in, which includes the reviewing of the entire scope of our business – human capital, equipment utilization and product offerings; we shall endeavour to do even better.

Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director

Air Namibia was rated as the 2nd Best Regional Carrier in Africa by Skytrax!

The continued co-operation between Air Namibia and Namibia Wildlife Resorts as we jointly promote the monthly ‘Route/Resort Focus’, continues. This is in adherence to our commitment to the continued growth of tourism in the country. The ‘Route/Resort’ focus for this month is Windhoek-Rundu return flight and the resort is the Popa Falls Resort. The Resort is your gateway to the northeastern corner of Namibia – with its perennial rivers, magnificent indigenous woodlands, riverine forests, floodplains and reed – lined channels. The Resort is located in seclusion on the on the southern banks of the Kavango River, perfect for reconnecting with nature. Due to the presence of a variety of fish, the Kavango River is also a major draw for anglers. On the safety front, the Safety Management System (SMS) training is on-going, this is at the level of the entire company. This training is mandatory and the airline is doing its utmost to be in full compliance with EASA and IOSA requirements.

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KUF - Samara, Russia | Kurumoch International Airport LCA - Larnaca, Cyprus | Larnaca International Airport LED - St. Petersburg, Russia | Pulkovo Airport LEJ - Leipzig, Germany | Leipzig Halle Airport LHR - London, United Kingdom | London Heathrow Airport LIN - Milan, Italy | Linate Airport LIS - Lisbon, Portugal | Lisbon Portela LYS - Lyon, France | Lyon Saint-Exupéry MAD - Madrid, Spain | Madrid Barajas International MAN - Manchester, United Kingdom | Manchester Airport MLA - Luqa, Malta | Luqa Airport MUC - Munich, Germany | Franz Josef Strauss International Airport MXP - Milan, Italy | Malpensa International Airport NAP - Napoli, Italy | Nápoli / Capodichino International Airport NCE - Nice, France | Nice-Côte d’Azur NUE - Nuremberg, Germany | Nuremberg Airport OPO - Porto, Portugal | Francisco de Sá Carneiro OSL - Oslo, Norway | Oslo Gardermoen Airport POZ - Poznan, Poland | Poznan-Lawica Airport PRG - Prague, Czech Republic | Ruzyn International Airport RIX - Riga, Latvia | Riga International Airport SOF STR - Stuttgart, Germany | Stuttgart Airport SVG - Stavanger, Norway | Stavanger Sola Airport TLL - Tallinn, Estonia | Tallinn Airport TLS - Toulouse, France | Toulouse-Blagnac Airport TRN - Torino, Italy | Torino / Caselle International Airport TXL - Berlin, Germany | Berlin-Tegel International Airport VCE - Venice, Italy | Venezia / Tessera - Marco Polo Airport VIE - Vienna, Austria | Vienna International Airport VKO - Moscow, Russia | Vnukovo International Airport VNO - Vilnius, Lithuania | Vilnius International Airport WAW - Warsaw, Poland |Warsaw Chopin Airport ZRH - Zurich, Switzerland | Zurich Airport



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Investment in Namibia Investment in Namibia is taking centre stage in 2016, with the Invest in Namibia Conference 2016 in Windhoek in November. But there’s an important curtain raiser to it happening in New York on September 22, and that – on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly - is destined to set the tone for this significant event


romoting Investment for inclusive Growth and Industrialisation” is the theme of this year’s Invest in Namibia conference set for November 8 – 9. Under the patronage of His Excellency, Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, the conference is to be a collaborative one with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Finance. In Namibia, there is a strong, ongoing drive to strengthen economic relations with countries where Namibia has a diplomatic presence, and this message has been conveyed to all parties, both inside and outside Namibia. At two conferences which took place this year in Namibia – the 8th Heads of Mission Conference, and the Foreign Policy Review Conference – the President emphasized the importance to Namibia and all Namibians, of the need to engage with potential investors and for Heads of Mission to lead trade and investment missions to Namibia in order to explore various business and investment opportunities

The Foreign Policy Review Conference On opening the Foreign Policy Review Conference, His Excellency, Dr Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, reminded all, that one of the first changes he made as president, was to rename the Ministry of Foreign

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Affairs to the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation. He did it to reflect the dynamics of the changing world order and modern day diplomacy. His first year in office has been devoted to formulating a home-grown developmental agenda, the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which elucidates the Namibian narrative and fast tracks the country’s developmental priorities over the next four years. Vision 2030 is the long term plan. Dr Geingob said, “Traditional diplomacy has been in rapid decline over the past several years - there’s a change of international agendas and with that, a change in the character and tone of diplomacy. Over the past decades, developing countries have grown rapidly, and today account more for global economic output than a few decades ago. “Our Heads of Mission are our ‘agents of change’ in the international community. “We need to adapt to changing times with the same speed. These days, as Africans, we are talking of the second phase of the struggle; the struggle for economic emancipation. Our diplomacy must also enter this second phase. “Namibia has made significant progress in terms of development since independence, and has adopted the central tenet of its International Relations Policy the slogan that ‘we are a friend to all and an enemy to none’.

“The Namibian House should also be seen in the context of a neighbourhood. If there is instability in the neighborhood, the Namibian House cannot be stable. “Our policy on International Relations and Cooperation should also take into consideration the ‘New Africa’ where coups d’états are no longer tolerated, leaders retire in dignity, and an Africa that reflects its true narrative. In essence, the New Africa is the Africa We Want, as espoused in Agenda 2063 of the African Union. “In Namibia and globally, social deficits and inequalities present the greatest threats to democracy. We have declared an all out war against poverty, corruption and inequality. “The strong foundation laid by our leadership since 1990 has resulted in Namibia having a sound and robust Governance Architecture - we are rated fifth as the best governed country on the African continent by the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance; rated fourth in Africa as a “clean country” in terms of corruption by Transparency International; and ranked first as the country with the “freest press in Africa” by Reporters without Borders. “Similarly, our macroeconomic architecture is admirable, underpinned by financial stability. “It is crucial that our Policy on International Relations and Cooperation

His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

pays special attention to the promotion of foreign investment through winwin partnerships. We must emphasize and support the capacity building of our Foreign Service personnel at Headquarters and at our diplomatic missions in order to become effective economic ambassadors.”

cooperation during the Harambee period will be that Namibia continues to be a respectable and trusted member of the International Community by honoring its obligations, and for the international community to support Namibia to translate her political independence into economic independence.”

The 8th heads of mission conference

Invest in Namibia Conference 2016

“Held under the theme “Enhancing Economic Diplomacy for Prosperity”, this conference provided an opportunity to exchange views and experiences in order to continue to effectively promote the representation of Namibia’s national interests globally. It also acts as a platform to strengthen the implementation of the country’s foreign policy. “The Conference is a forum to learn from the lessons of the past and to chart a future course informed by the present realities and possible future scenarios. This should be based on sound analysis of domestic, regional and international economic, security and geo-political developments and trends. “Our goals and desired outcomes with regard to international relations and

Namibia’s stable and attractive political environment, high level of peace and security, and effective governance policies makes the country a highly attractive investment vehicle. The Invest in Namibia Conference 2016 will showcase a pipeline of investment projects, with the intention of attracting local, regional and international investors in targeted sectors that can contribute towards economic growth and job creation. The ultimate goal is to pair projects (where feasibility studies have been undertaken) with investment capital in a focused and targeted manner. Prior to the conference, entrepreneurs and companies in targeted sectors have been invited to submit proposals, the focus being on Agro processing;

Manufacturing; Logistics (Infrastructure); Tourism and hospitality; and Energy & Low Cost Housing. Close on 500 applications were received, and there is on-going and stringent assessment of each by numerous qualified governmental and other bodies, as to whether the project is technically sound, financially justified, and how viable it is to qualify for promotion at the conference. This should aid investor decision. Among numerous other elements, the Invest in Namibia Conference 2016 will feature Business to Business matchmaking (one to one meetings) – where businesses are expected to discuss projects and sign cooperation agreements and partnerships. Although the line Ministry will take the key coordinating role, the planning and organization of the conference will be inter-sectoral and collaborative involving both the public and private sectors with input by international key players. For local investors and current and potential international trade partners, the Invest in Namibia Conference 2016 is destined to be a landmark event.

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Namibia’s river Namibia is well-known for its highly productive sea fisheries, thanks to the nutrient-rich water of the Benguela Current that sweeps north along the country’s coastline. Understandably, because of their economic importance to the country, a lot of fisheries management emphasis is on these marine fish stocks. By Denis Tweddle, Project Coordinator – NNF/EU Community Conservation Fisheries in KAZA Project


n contrast to the sea fisheries, there

depressions called oshanas; in higher

for the local communities and shows

is much less public awareness

rainfall years these reach the famous

the significant human dimension of

of the vital role the inland river and

Etosha Pan with its rich wildlife

the fisheries. Despite their importance,

floodplain fisheries in the north of



these freshwater fisheries have in

Namibia play in terms of food security

waters support thriving short-lived

recent years suffered serious declines



fisheries, mainly for juvenile catfishes


of the country’s rural population,

that come down with the floodwaters



from Angola.

destructive fishing gear. Increased

livelihoods some

for of

the the


communities in the country.


In terms of tonnage, freshwater fish


increased, using



environmentally of



Three major perennial rivers in

yields in Namibia are relatively low

and uncontrolled inward migration

the north east of the country, the

in comparison with the sea fisheries.


Kavango, Kwando and Zambezi, all

With sound management, however,

fisheries elsewhere in the region

support major fisheries. Further to the

potential production is about 5,000

have created a nightmare situation

northwest, the Cuvelai River flooding

tonnes a year of high quality animal

for the local communities and the

south from Angola feeds a remarkable

protein. This is therefore an incredibly

fisheries authorities responsible for

series of shallow, seasonally inundated

important resource for food security

management of the resources. These

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fisheries in crisis

Mikolo (dugout canoes) at a fish landing on Lake Liambezi.

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is open to all, the inevitable result is an increase in exploitation, particularly when associated with a rapid increase in human population. This results in declining catches for individual fishers, even though the total catch may initially increase. In order to maintain their catch rates, individual fishers increase the amount of nets they use, leading to a further decline in catch rates, a decline in total catch, and a switch to

Research sampling on Lake Liambezi.

highly destructive fishing gear. There is a direct link between the

problems are exacerbated by the

Botswana. With different fisheries

fisheries collapse in the Zambezi River

fact that, for much of their courses,

management systems and regulations

and the introduction of fishing nets

these rivers form boundaries with

in each country, this makes effective

made of monofilament nylon in the late

neighbouring countries. The Zambezi

management difficult.

1990s. Monofilament nets are made of

River is the border between Namibia

The problem faced by Namibia’s

single strands of transparent nylon and

and Zambia over its approximately

inland fisheries is a classic example

replaced the previous multifilament

150 km length, while the Kavango

of the “Tragedy of the Commons�.

(string) nets. Monofilament nets are on

forms the border with Angola for

When a common resource, such as a

average three times more effective than


fishery shared between two countries,

multifilament nets, so even if the overall






Use of a sefa sefa in a floodplain lagoon. Nothing can escape the cloth lining.

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number of nets in use remains the same, fishing effort is tripled in fisheries that were already fully exploited using the less effective gear. Monofilament nets have had a number of negative impacts. Initially, the monofilament nets allowed had large meshes, which had the unfortunate effect of targeting the breeding stocks of the large cichlid species




destructive innovation was the use of drifting gillnets down the main river channel, rather than the previous method of setting them in a fixed position overnight. Fish are driven into

Preparing monofilament nets for a night’s fishing.

the path of the net by beating the water and the riverbank where the fish shelter.

(sieves), a term that gives an apt

communities that the government will

As the large fish have been effectively

description of what these nets do.

be fully responsible for managing

fished out, increasingly smaller meshes

What can be done to reverse this

are now used to catch the remaining




smaller fish.

fisheries departments in Africa are

the fishery and controlling fishing methods. Because of this, communities hesitate to take initiatives themselves.


handicapped by a lack of capacity

The Namibia Nature Foundation

monofilament nets is that, as they

in human resources, finances and

(NNF) has a long-term programme,

are cheaper and have a shorter life

infrastructure, especially when one

in partnership with ministries and

span than multifilament nets, they

takes into consideration the scale of the

other organisations, to address the

are simply discarded by fishers when

fisheries (e.g. in Namibia, the combined

situation. One of these organisations

damaged or worn. The river is full

floodplains of the Zambezi, Chobe and

is the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier

of abandoned nets that continue to

Kwando/Linyanti river systems and

Conservation Area (KAZA), the world’s

“ghost-fish” for months, if not years,

Lake Liambezi have an area of over


while nets abandoned on land trap

4,000 km ). Unfortunately, there is an


and kill or wound terrestrial wildlife

unrealistic expectation in many fishing






transfrontier which






the the

such as birds, lizards, snakes and small mammals. Even hippos have been seen entangled in such nets, and a hippo

Women and children fishing for tiny, highly prolific, floodplain fish species during the floods, a very valuable source of animal protein.

injured by the twine can become a very dangerous animal. A complete ban on the importation and use of monofilament nets in Namibia’s rivers is urgently needed. In addition to the monofilament nets, fishers are also increasingly turning to environmentally damaging fishing gear, such as long dragnets made of shade cloth, lined with cotton cloth so that nothing can escape. In Zambia, these are called sefa-sefa

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NNF fisheries projects operate. current








in KAZA, aims to encourage and empower local communities in the KAZA for








sustainably. Through this project, and supporting research programmes, the factors that have caused the Upper Zambezi fishery to collapse have been identified. Communities tend to lack understanding of the biology and ecology of fish and fisheries. Therefore, the NNF/EU project is establishing community



to share its information with fishing communities and to provide advice on the management measures that can be implemented by the communities themselves, ideally without needing much support from higher authorities. Throughout




Protected Areas (MPAs) are increasingly used to protect fish breeding stocks. In most cases, their effectiveness MFMR and project scientists collecting data on fish catches from Lake Liambezi.

has been demonstrated by improved catch rates by fishers in the adjacent, unprotected

Many tonnes of these tiny floodplain fishes can be sustainably harvested during the floods without impacting the larger, more valuable fish species in the main river channels.




information provided by the NNF projects, this approach is increasingly understood by the Zambezi fishing communities, and the concept of Fish Protection Areas (FPAs) is being adopted and, importantly, understood by the communities. Two pilot FPAs have been established by Namibian communities,




Conservancy and another in Impalila Conservancy. In a major success last year, at the request of the conservancies and with the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources (Hon. Bernard Esau) having taken a direct interest, the FPAs were formally designated as “Fish Reserves� by the Namibia Government.

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inhibiting animals crossing, less risk of animals such as hippos attacking fishers in their dugout canoes, and less risk of wildlife getting entangled in nets and drowning or suffering injury. Employing




FPAs requires funding and can be difficult to implement where there are no formal community structures, such as conservancies with sources of



present, fishing

licences are issued by government and the communities receive little to no benefit. But there is hope as communities, government and Fish are not just for human food, many birds are also dependent on fish and could be affected by declining stocks, such as this fish eagle with a large tigerfish.

Each of the protected river channels

NGOs work towards finding ways to devolve responsibilities and include

Information signboard for the Sikunga Conservancy’s Fish Protection Area.

is over 12 km long and together they represent a major commitment to protecting the breeding stocks. Trained guards are employed and paid by the conservancies to keep fishers out. In addition, the guards ensure that fishermen in the conservancies as a whole are obeying the government fishing regulations. Among the fishing communities, the reaction to the FPAs has been generally positive, and other communities are now coming forward with proposals for their own FPAs. In Zambia, some communities have developed similar plans and only await support for implementation of a network of protected breeding areas. A major emphasis of the project is also working with KAZA to identify sites for FPAs where wildlife corridors are established to allow free passage of wildlife between countries across their riverine borders. Establishing FPAs in such corridors has multiple benefits in addition to protecting fish breeding stocks. There is less human disturbance

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the burden on central government

(such as conservancies) in licensing

fisheries organisations can be reduced.

and managing fisheries. The income

Instead of being resented as policing

from licensing would enable them

agencies, they can become allies of

to manage fisheries locally through

the communities, providing advice and

cooperation with government fisheries

support, and reacting to requests from

departments and restrict fishing to

communities for assistance in enforcing

sustainable levels. Once communities



arise that the communities cannot







confidence to manage their fisheries,




resolve themselves.

Nwanyi Angling Club handing over the sponsored boat to Sikunga Conservancy to patrol the Fish Protection Area.

The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), founded in 1987, is one of the largest non-governmental organisations (NGO) targeting conservation and sustainable development in Namibia. The primary aims of the NNF are to promote sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future. www.nnf.org.na Contact Denis Email: d.tweddle@saiab.ac.za

Sikunga Conservancy fish guards in their boat donated by ESBboats through Nwanyi Angling Club sponsorship.

The Project is currently funded by the European Union with cofunding from a number of funding agencies and research institutions, including: SASSCAL, GoGreen/ Nedbank, Millennium Challenge Account, NRF/SAIAB/ Rhodes University, WWF and UNAM.

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The 2016 iPhone Photography Award Winners The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) recently announced the winners of the 9th Annual Awards. This year’s winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from 139 countries around the world.


e all know how far phones

and Third Place Photographers of the

There is an entrance fee for each

and tablets have come in terms

Year Awards went to Patryk Kuleta of

entry, with no limit on the number of

of imagery…but take a look at these

Poland for his image from his series

entries in the various categories.



the Modern Cathedrals, Robin Robertis

rules of entry are along these lines

of the United States for her entry titled

\all entries and judge images on the basis

(next year’s competition closes March

She Bends with the Wind and Carolyn

of artistic merit, originality, subject, and

2017): Entries are open worldwide

Mara Borlenghi of the United States

style and ultimately decide the winners.

to photographers using an iPhone,

from her series Wonderland.


The 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in

iPad or iPod Touch, iPhone add-on






For 2017, all photographers compete


for the 4 IPPAWARDS Photographers


of the Year: Grand Prize, 1st, 2nd and

anywhere. The photos should not be

countries around the world including

3rd place. All entries compete for

altered in Photoshop or any desktop

Australia, Brazil, China, Chile, France,

the prestigious IPPA Photographer

image processing program (it’s OK to

Hong Kong, India, Italy, Philippines,

of the Year Award title, and the top

use any IOS apps), and in some cases,

Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain,

three winners receive a prize which

the organisers may ask that the original

Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, United

is only announced closer to the time.

image is verified – in other words, that

Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom

Apart from Honourable Mentions and

it’s taken with an iPhone/iPad/iPod

and the United States.

certificates, the top prizes are:

lenses can be used, and photos should




not have been published previously



Touch. Photos that cannot be verified


The categories include Abstract,

●● 18 Gold Bars - The 1st place

Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral,

winner of each of the 18 categories

For 2016, The Grand Prize Winner

Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News and

wins a Gold Bar;

Photographer of the Year Award went

Events, Panorama, People, Portrait,

to Siyuan Niu of China for his entry

Series (3 images), Still Life, Sunset,

3rd place winners of each of the 18

The Man and the Eagle. First, Second

Travel, Trees, Other.

categories wins a Palladium Bar

are disqualified.

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●● 18 Palladium Bars - The 2nd and

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Siyuan Niu Xinjiang, China Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year Man and the Eagle “The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70 year old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.”

Patryk Kuleta Warsaw, Poland 1st Place, Photographer of the Year Modern Cathedrals “Most of my shots come from Warsaw and one from Strasbourg. The idea was to make it more impressionistic, to show architecture in a completely different way that combines my background in graphic design and painting.”

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Robin Robertis Carlsbad CA, United States 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year She Bends with the Wind “I was on an iPhone workshop and reunion with a friend and teacher in Cape Cod. We all went out to photograph the perfect sunset. I tend to bring a few things when I travel, one being this wonderful red umbrella. When others shoot the sunsets and beautiful scenery, I like to photograph some human aspects in these scenes.”

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi Coral Gables FL, United States 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year Wonderland “This image was taken as part of a series I did for Instagram’s #WHPwonderland. Each weekend when the hashtag project comes out I try to come up with an idea and this particular weekend, the weekend before Christmas, was wonderland. For this one I went on a little adventure with my son to the beach and we wore the reindeer masks.”

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Lianshulu Lodge and Bush Lodge If you’re keen to effect the greatest of great escapes, Caprivi Collection’s exclusive safari retreats in the remote Eastern Caprivi region of Namibia, are just what the doctor ordered. Edited by Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied

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ituated on river islands or along

Lianshulu Lodge in the East Caprivi

The stylish, private accommodation

perennial river banks – on private

overlooks the Kwando River, on a

consists of eleven generously spaced,

private concession inside the Mudumu

individually styled and tastefully furnished


National Park of Namibia. The area is

chalets, each with private bathroom and

traversing rights in excess of 300

a lush wilderness of riverine forest,

secluded, outside viewing deck. The

000 hectares, lie Caprivi Collection’s

marsh and open woodland, providing


quiet, secluded and exclusive escapes.

a home for an abundance of wildlife.

guests in eight twin rooms (including



Here, you’ll be lost in the heart of the

three suites and one wheelchair friendly

Conservation Area (KAWA) which

wilds and the wilderness...but while

room), two double rooms and one family

spans Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe,

the environment may be wonderfully

room (single large bedroom which

Zambia and Angola.

unspoilt, that won’t apply to you.

accommodates up to four guests). The






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conservancies parks





eight chalets include a shower, and the three suites are equipped with a bath, shower and outdoor shower. The airy, thatched dining, lounge and bar areas open onto spacious, split-level and raised wooden decks, with





Lianshulu lagoon and its verdant flood plains. Wildlife can be comfortably observed from here. Two fireplaces, a comprehensive library, African curio shop and secluded swimming pool enhance your safari experience. A delectably creative kitchen is one of the hallmarks of Lianshulu Lodge. The professional chef serves up





tables under a sprawling wild fig tree. Prepare for legendary breakfasts and brunches, and allow each day to close with a memorable dinner by candlelight, followed by liqueurs around a flickering fire.

The Bush Lodge The Bush Lodge occupies a unique riverside location, and offers not only a quantity and quality of rich and varied game sighting experiences, but

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extraordinary bird watching, as well as great fishing. A small and intimate style of comfortable hospitality is combined with attentive and personal service – yet staying here is not overly expensive. The Main Lodge areas are designed especially for relaxation and comfort – with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. From the upper deck guests can view the riverine marsh and its inhabitants – hippos, elephants and marsh antelope species, while sipping on sundowners. A swimming pool is situated near the main area. Bush





chalets – 6 of them providing twin accommodation, 2 being larger suites. Four overlook the lagoon marsh, four are nestled inside thick bush vegetation - all boast private decks. All chalets have ceiling fans, gauze screen doors and mosquito netting and are comfortably and tastefully furnished. All chalets utilise generator power and hot water is provided by gas hot water heaters.

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Two guide rooms are available. At Bush Lodge, wonderful meals are served in a variety of dining areas, at carefully placed tables. A firepit is lit every evening as guests sit under the clear star-filled African sky, at the end of a day unlike any other. Guests have the choice of Full Board and Dinner, as well as Bed and Breakfast rates - Full Board includes all alcoholic beverages, with the exception of premium brands. NOTE: Due to the effects of the


pattern levels

in are

El the






water below

normal. As a consequence, Caprivi Collection cannot guarantee being able



offer until

any this

river-related situation

improves significantly.

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Welcome to Lüderitz … the diamond of Namibia!

Namibia is known as the “The land of open spaces” and the final 100kms of tarred road down to Lüderitz offers the best example of spectacular open desert vistas. Lüderitz (founded 1886) is a small fishing harbour town with early 20th Century German art nouveau buildings sprinkling its rocky undulating landscape. Words and Photographs by Bruno de Comarmond

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ccording to the famous Lonely

“The town itself feels a bit like it’s

Planet Guide Book, “In the

stuck in a time warp – a perception

extreme speed sailing town in the

that delivers a certain charm”.

world, as it appears many times in

natural environment surrounding the town, Southern Namibia really comes

The authors of Lonely Planet Guide

the Guinness World Records books.

to life. The rocky coastline of the

also placed Lüderitz #6 out of 12 top

To date, the annual Lüderitz Speed

Lüderitz peninsula harbours flamingo

attractions in Botswana and Namibia

Challenge event has delivered a truly

flocks and penguin colonies, while



impressive 95 national and 17 world

the adjacent Sperrgebiet National Park




speed sailing records, in windsurfing

is arguably the country’s wildest and




and kite boarding. At the 2015 event,

most pristine landscape” furthermore,

Namibia Destination.



town. The (NTB) as



the fastest ever, Antoine Albeau

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(FRA) took his windsurfing world speed record to 53.27kts/98.5kph and Karen Jaggi (SUI), smashed the ladies windsurfing record with 46.31kts/85.7kph! Coming to stay over in Lüderitz does not mean having to sacrifice your 21st century comforts. In fact, quite the opposite. The town boasts Namibia’s top four-star resort hotel, the Lüderitz Nest Hotel. This wellknown establishment (est. 1998),

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offers the best “on the rocks and

(#1 world) and lobster (#2 world) and

ethos is to take action on all relevant

sea” location in Namibia with its own

rare abalone (served only at this hotel).

feedback where possible and feasible.

private tidal beach and walk-on jetty

Namibia Hotelier of the Year 2012

The vast majority of improvements and


renovations carried out at our hotel

Recipient of the prestigious 2015

Grünewald says, “Our hotel since 2010

are due mainly to guest feedback”.

Han Excellence Award, the hotel’s

has embarked upon a programme

Grünewald adds, “Importantly for our

spacious 70 standard and deluxe rooms

of improvements, renovations and

guests, on leading online platforms,

and 3 executive suites all offer direct sea

additions. On 01 May 2016, we launched

our rack rates are one of the lowest of

views, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.

eight brand new deluxe rooms, all on

all four star establishments in Namibia


our top/3rd floor at a considerable

and our competitive rates include a

Restaurant and Crayfish Bar & Lounge,



fabulous full buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi

serve the best quality Lüderitz oyster

importance on guest feedback and our

and all local taxes.” He concludes with,

- unique in Namibia.



eateries, Penguin







“We pride ourselves on delivering a friendly service in a relaxed ambiance with the best sea views in Namibia”. www.nesthotel.com Despite




rich Namibian history and stunning natural




somehow excluded from Namibia’s standard “Classic Namibia Tour”. For those








to include unconventional Lüderitz on


itinerary. You



be disappointed.

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Lüderitz & Kolmanskop Ghost Town Historical Namibia facts The first diamond finds (1908) the first famous European landings (Bartolomeu Dias in 1487 & 1488) – the wealthiest town (1912) – Felsenkirche (1912) 100% construction materials shipped in from Germany – the first X-ray machine in the southern hemisphere – the first tram in Africa – the first and largest outdoor salt-water swimming pool and the first power station. In 2017, Lüderitz will boast the largest Maritime Museum in Africa, currently being constructed in the national heritage power station building.

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Lüderitz – Tours & Activities! Lüderitz Heritage Route Tour – Get an inside perspective on Lüderitz, its wonderful array of early 20th Century German art nouveau buildings, harbour and Shark Island memorial – Colourful maps are also available for self-walk/self-drive tours - ludsaf@africaonline.com.na

Catamaran Tour (Halifax Island) – A 2-hour marine trip to view Namibia’s only accessible colony of endangered African Penguins - en-route you will encounter Heaviside Dolphin, Cape Fur Seals, Diaz Point and in season, whales! Daily departure from Waterfront - zeepaardboattours@gmail.com

Koichab Dunes 4x4 Desert Tour (NEW) – Simply the most exclusive, spectacular and impressive high desert dunes tour in Namibia! (full day 4x4 tour & 48-hour pre-booking essential) - ludnom@gmail.com

Bogenfels 4x4 Tour (full day) – Exclusive full day 4x4 tour into the pristine Tsau//Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park to see Pomona diamond ghost town and southern Africa’s highest coastal rock arch – pre-booking essential (min. 5 days) - lewiscwt@iway.na

Lüderitz Peninsula 4x4 Tour (half day) – A perfect opportunity to experience the wild Atlantic, rocky pools, wild beaches, an old whaling station, a cave, WW1 Battlements, Diaz Point & more – ludnom@gmail.com

Elizabeth Bay Ghost Village Tour (NEW) –

Exclusive tour into the Tsau//Khaeb Park (Sperrgebiet) to see historic diamond mining ghost village & Cape Fur Seal colony – 48 hour pre-booking essential – ludnom@gmail.com

Kolmanskop Ghost Town – Daily guided tours to see and experience the most unique and best preserved diamond ghost town in the world – a must see attraction during your stay in Lüderitz – ludsaf@africaonline.com.na

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Natures Confetti

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By: Charmane Johnston Photographs by: Chiefs Luxury Safari Tented Camps

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xperience the rare and marvellous privilege of seeing the sun rise

and set over Namaqua, one of the most spectacular floral kingdoms in the world. Flower season in Namaqua is a grand banquet on a scale few can imagine. Magnificent swathes of colour are a feast for the eyes and now with the recent promising and much needed rain, a bumper flower season is expected. Guests who visit can also experience the luxury and convenience of an elegant private mobile tented camp, the perfect retreat, right on the beach, under skies that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see. Located in the Namaqua National Park for a limited period from 12 August to 18 September 2016, the hugely popular annual luxury Namaqua Flower Beach Camp, now in its 6th year, will once again be established in a remote and scenically stunning location, one kilometre north of the Groenrivier entrance to the National Park. Now in its third year, The Namaqua Flowers Skilpad Camp welcomes visitors to this fabulously colourful landscape only for a limited time from 5 August to 18 September 2016. Guests don’t need to hurry – they can enjoy magnificent walks, cycles and picnics at leisure among the flowers.

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Guests continue to return, almost as though they are driven by some deep seated need to migrate to the stillness of Namaqualand. An oasis for rest and relaxation, canvas dome tents offer all the home comforts including, beds, comfortable duvets, electric blankets and lighting, private ablutions including hot showers and chemical flush toilets and dressing rooms. Flowers by day and stars by night are complemented by





winning wines, live vocals and the expert tinkering of a keyboard (Beach Flower Camp), before retiring for a welldeserved night’s rest. Authentic images of Namaqua provide the backdrop to what is arguably one of the finest experiences in Southern Africa... An extraordinarily memorable occasion.

Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp - Groenrivier (12 August to 18 September 2016) – Full Board (Breakfast, high tea, 3 course dinner, after dinner music vocals and keyboard)

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When the whole is greater than the sum of its parts Taking mosaic to the level of fine art, glorious mosaic artist Jane du Rand recently made the big move from South Africa to Australia, but still travels wherever her clients and mosaics take her...like to Antibes in the South of France to mosaic two walls of a villa, or Holland, France and Germany to work her magic on four boutique river cruisers. Words by Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied


ane du Rand has the soul of an

the Netherlands, Chile, New York and

artist and the qualifications of an

Guernsey, others decorating yachts; in

architect, two creative fields which she

South Africa – her birthplace - her work is

managed, through a series of happy

found in private homes and public spaces

accidents, to marry in an extraordinary

such as her massive multimedia piece at

way by embellishing buildings with

the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

mosaic artworks. She still loves the

She has a large portfolio of sensational

structural world, and has little doubt that

work which includes a diverse range

architecture was the rock on which she

of designs incorporating hand-made

built her exceptional career: “Much of my

mosaics, some soft with miniscule detail,

work is commissioned by architects who

others vast and bold. Clients suggest

integrate it into their designs,” she says.

themes and tones, Jane reads the

It was the request by a friend for

setting and size, then submits detailed

mosaic work around their pool which

design proposals. Her solo exhibition

sent her off on a journey from which she’s

at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban of 12

happily never returned. Many years and

exquisitely crafted, life-sized ‘forest’ of

journeys later, and her mosaic work is

columns, each with its own symbolism,

found internationally, with giant mosaic-

name and sense of place, was entirely

ed panels and tables shipped to France,

sold out.

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keen to come and work in the studio. A major challenge was the minimum wage in Australia is about 10x that of South Africa, and although I’d paid my SA staff far more than the minimum, getting people to commit and come every day for minimum was not easy. People mostly floated in and out when they felt like it which made deadlines very stressful.” The West end building was sold, and Jane was homeless again: “I’m now in a new space in more of an industrial area called Yeerongpilly. I’ve found one great helper who is my only permanent employee - we both work really hard and get a great deal done, but if we need extra people, I have a bunch of interested volunteers keen to learn and lend a hand.

Starting over

off. West End in Brisbane is the most

If I’m completely desperate I’ll contract

Together with her extended family,


an extra person or two.”

Jane moved to Brisbane in Australia

where “anything goes”, and the Main

last year: “It was an incredibly difficult

Street is full of small shops and cafes.”




Setting up her new studio in Australia was a challenge: “The process of

move, but because my husband took

And then finding staff was the next

“starting again” and setting up a studio

time finding the right architectural

challenge: “Through word of mouth,

from scratch (I gave away most of my

practice in which to work, I had to get

joining the local ceramics association,

studio equipment, as well as my kiln to

to work as soon as possible. Luckily

and from people just walking past the

my previous SA employees to help them

for me, I soon had three projects from

studio and looking in, I managed to find

start up their own studio when I left)

my ‘international clients’, one a wall

a few interested in working in the studio.

has been a huge and difficult challenge!”

for a house in Los Angeles, another

It was a challenge in some respects to

But she’s done it, and her achievements

a large wall for an apartment in Cape

train new people to do things the way

in this short time are nothing short of

Town, and another wall for a Uniworld

I wanted them done, but I also had

miraculous: “I had a gigantic project to

River cruiser to be installed in Holland.

some very skilled ceramicists who were

do last year with an impossible time

“I had also begun to submit proposals for public art projects in Australia and my proposal for a sculptural piece in a Melbourne Park was successful. So my first year was madly busy.” Jane had no space to work at their small rented house, so she had to find studio space. It was tough, because she’d been entirely established in Durban: “I found a rather wonderful space in an old ice cream factory building in West End. The building also housed other artists’ studios, a drama school and weekend markets, so it was a great place to start

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frame. It was a 10m x 4m wall for a castle in Ireland: Ashford Castle, built in the 1200’s and the 1700’s, once owned by the Guinness family. It’s now an ultra exclusive hotel and popular wedding venue for the rich and famous. They were building a new spa and my commission was a wall next to the spa pool. “It was a big challenge to get the work ready to send to Ireland within the 3 month deadline. I gathered together a team and we all worked around the clock to get it done. My kiln (I have only one now) was working to capacity, and I had to take work to friends for firing. I was most fortunate to have met some really great people who offered help and support in this way. The project was packed into purpose made crates with the total shipment weighing 1 680kg. My West End studio was on the second floor, so all the crates had to be fork-lifted off the balcony deck! It was very dramatic! While we were making the project my 100 square metre studio was not even big enough - luckily there were spare studio spaces available in the old ice cream factory so we simply overflowed into them. “I flew to Ireland a week later (the work was air freighted because of time constraints) and spent a further two weeks of 12-14 hour working days installing the project. It was completely exhausting, but very exciting and staying in the Ashford Castle was amazing.” For Jane, her move to Australia had other challenges: “I am most inspired by my surroundings, especially the natural environment, and this was the most difficult thing for me when I moved from South Africa as I’ve always been in love with indigenous plants and local animals. But I’ve been learning to love the Australian ones - I go for a bush walk every Sunday morning with a walking

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group and I’ve been learning more and

“Working internationally is not as

wall, and in Los Angeles, I just had a

more about the local indigenous plants

daunting as it seems,” she says. “With

local contractor help me for the first

and flowers and there are some amazing

email and the info you can find on

day, after that I could pretty much

ones. I’m currently doing a small project

the Internet!” The biggest challenge is

manage on my own. It’s better if there

for the Maroochydore bush land botanic

transporting the work, but I have great

is enough time available for work to be

gardens up the Sunshine Coast, and so

systems for that now, and I know just

shipped, as airfreight is expensive. But

can continue to explore the local fauna

how to pack everything. I get special

there are hardware stores in France

and flora. I’m also working on some

purpose-made cardboard crates - made

and 24-hour hardware stores in New

pieces for a small group exhibition and

by a company called Rebul who are in

York, and they all end up selling pretty

I’m using local indigenous plants as

Australia and SA. I usually just need

much the same products. Sometimes

a theme.”

help to get the big panels up on to the

language is a challenge - my project in Chile was quite difficult - but elaborate hand signals seemed to work.” Looking at Jane’s work, it’s difficult to imagine she has any more to learn. It’s so professional, so exquisite, but no, she feels very differently: “I am learning things all the time. I always joke with my studio helpers and say ‘I actually don’t really know what I’m doing most of the time’. Every project is different and presents new challenges, so I’m learning new things all the time. I also like to try and stretch myself and work out new ways of doing things each project. If I look back, I think I can say that I have learned a huge amount, and many times through mistakes and then I say ‘I won’t do that again!’

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Prospective clients can be as specific or open ended as they like, but within their brief, Jane prefers the freedom to be able to do her own thing to a large extent: “Often just a colour scheme is sufficient. Sometimes working to a brief is special and rewarding. Earlier this year I made a memorial for a family whose son/brother/husband had died, and this was really amazing, as I could include many things that were really special about his life. I needed a great deal of input from the client for the details, but I was able to do the design my way.” Jane





working internationally, and although she loves the very large commissions, she’s equally happy creating small, special work. She’s previously held solo and collaborative exhibitions, and has her eye on producing some of her own work and exhibiting again...when time allows.

Contact: Email: Janeerhard@gmail.com or Email: Jane@durandmosaic.com Tel: +61(0) 467 229 064

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The Ultimate Riding Machine

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The wheel story: New Models round up JAMES SIDDALL on what's happening in the wonderful world of wheels... Thunder wagon! If you want a full-sized SUV capable of blowing the doors off pretty much most other things on the road, there's not much to touch the hyper-luxurious Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 which I recently spent a week with. Indeed, with a 5.5-litre V8 biturbo banging down 430kW and 760Nm, this 2.5-ton machine turns in the sort of performance that you might have expected from a bona fide sports car a decade or two ago. Zero to 100km/h comes up in 4.6 seconds, and you can optionally have the electronically

limited top speed of 250km/h raised to 270km/h. It's also a true traffic-stopper from the LED headlamps to the flared wheel arches housing 21-inch wheels to the “V8 Biturbo” lettering to the two dual tailpipes of the rorty sports exhaust system. Inside it's more of the same, with top-notch finishes, virtually every conceivable creature comfort that you can imagine – and some you can't – and AMG touches aplenty. Figure on a three-spoke steering wheel, grippy front sports seats, and AMG leather nappa upholstery to just dip into the list.

Yet as massive as it is, it's surprisingly wieldy, and while it has permanent all-wheel drive, power to the rear wheels takes priority, and the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission – to give it its full name – gives lightning fast changes. It also boasts a range of settings from “slippery” to “sport+” and sports suspension as well as adjustable air suspension. Standard, too, is what's termed Active Curve System roll stabilisation to help keep the big machine firmly planted even in extremis.

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Swede success Swedo-cool is what Volvo embodies these days. And just to remind us, the facelifted version of the V40 – first launched in 2012 – is here. It's yet more premium and upscale than ever, with 13 main models available in a plethora of permutations and individualisation options. All are also cooler than ever, with those signature “Thor's hammer” allLED headlights – as found on the XC90 and upcoming S90 – available on some models and as an option on others. Cool, too, is the range of new colours from Denim Blue to Luminous Sand, while just one unusual touch is the City Weave arrangement. This includes tweedy, textile-covered seats. With exception of the 1.5-litre turbopetrol Drive-E engine in the T3 automatic model, the whole range uses two-litre, four-cylinder motors. All are turbocharged, available as diesels or petrols, with a vast range of outputs peaking with the all-wheel-drive V40 Cross Country T5 AWD which puts down 180kW and 350Nm. Power runs through six-speed manual and six- and eightspeed automatics, and my own favourites are the Cross Country variants. These are just a little edgier than the standard V40 with a raised ride height (up by 12mm to 145mm), roof rails and black bumper cladding, and like their cousin the V60 Cross Country, make for superb all-weather, all-condition lifestyle vehicles. And safe ones, too. The V40 has a five-star Euro NCAP rating, naturally, and in the Safety Assist

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category scored 100 percent – along with the XC90, which of course is currently the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists' Car of the Year. All models come with seven airbags as well as stability and traction control plus City Safety, which uses autonomous braking to stop crashes with cars in front. Nice, Volvo.

Captur the market The sweet little Renault Captur is now available with a turbodiesel – something that the petrol-only range has needed. The 1.5dCi turbodiesel is Renault’s most-sold engine worldwide, and in the compact crossover Captur it's mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Output is 66kW and 220Nm at 1 750 r/ min, while claimed fuel consumption is a rather optimistic 3.6 litres per 100km in the combined cycle.

The new Captur Dynamique joins its three petrol-powered, 1.2-litre siblings, while it's also available as a Sunset Limited Edition complete in eye-catching livery – but only 100 units of this baby are available.

Going the distance How far can you go on a tank of fuel? Well, an experienced team was recently able to coax 2 029km from a VW Passat 1.4 TSI. In the process it notched up a new one-tank record for petrol-engined cars, translating into an average fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km. At the same time the crews of economy aces – including industry veteran Malcolm Kinsey – were also able to drive 2 201km in a Porsche Panamera 3.0 V6 Diesel. This works out to an average of 4.9 litres per 100km, and in the process the Porsche set a record for diesel cars. The runs were done on South African public

roads in stock standard cars, with the Passat travelling at an average of 69km/h, and the longer-geared Panamera at around 80km/h.

range is the hyper-efficient CLA 200d good for 100kW and 300Nm from 1 400 to 3 000rpm. As before the range culminates with the potent Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC.

More merc magnificence The Mercedes CLA – which has always reminded us of a scaled-down version of the bigger CLS – has just had a facelift. So it gets new bumpers, an eye-grabbing diamond radiator grille in black as standard, and new light alloy wheels. The interior has been further honed and augmented, and new to the

Easy cell The quest for alternative energies and fuels is never stagnant – and Nissan recently revealed the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle in Brazil that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The breakthrough model, an all-new light–commercial vehicle, can rely on

multiple fuels, including ethanol and natural gas, to produce high-efficiency electricity as a power source. In this latest zero-emission development, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle runs on 100-percent ethanol to charge a 24kWh battery which gives it a cruising range of more than 600km. Nissan will conduct further field tests on public roads in Brazil using the prototype.

The king's beamer We all know about Elvis Presley and his Cadillacs. But Elvis and a BMW? Yup, in the late Fifties when a young Elvis was doing military service in Germany, he availed himself of a rare and hugely desirable BMW 507 – and now after painstaking restoration the car is set to be exhibited at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. One cool tale is that over in Germany, Elvis's BMW was so often daubed with messages painted in lipstick by female fans that he had it resprayed in red...

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The X factor Starting with the X5, BMW's lineup of X models has a been a stellar success around the world, and in Namibia, says JAMES SIDDALL...

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he simple letter “X” means an awful lot in the rarefied world of BMW – and it goes right back to the mid-Eighties when it was first used to denoted a car with four-wheeldrive technology. But for most us BMW X models only came to prominence when the X5 was launched close to the turn of the century. Indulge me for a minute when I tell you that in 1999 I travelled with BMW to California with a small group of journalists on a media trip

that included the launch of the Z8 (which we never officially got as it was left-hand-drive only) – and a lengthy trip in the X5. Now this car was just on the cusp of being launched in our part of the world, and it frankly astounded me – and everyone else. In fact, it was so revolutionary that BMW invented a whole new category for it, dubbing it the world's first Sports Activity Vehicle. And on an utterly unforgettable trip that took in LA, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, this machine proved just why it

was going to be so wildly popular, with the 500 000th X5 rolling of the American assembly line as early 2005. Making it impressive was the high seating position, brilliant handling in any circumstances, and the fact that as opposed to conventional off-roaders, the X5 featured a selfsupporting safety body shell and independent suspension. Thanks to DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), ADB-X (Automatic Differential Brake), and HDC (Hill Descent Control), the BMW X5 was equipped not only for sporty motoring, but also for the challenges of driving on off-road terrain. As as a result on the road it wasn't just “car-like” - it was significantly better than many cars. Yet in the snow, mud and ice we encountered on that

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SUV just at home darting around town as it is taking on poor roads or inter-city distances. Indeed, that it has lashings of Sports Activity Vehicle DNA is abundantly clear. The X3, meanwhile, first hit the market in 2004 with all the appeal of a scaled-down X5, in the process being heaped with awards and accolades – much like its bigger brother. The X4, meanwhile, is an edgier machine – rather like a scaled-down version of the extroverted, attentiongrabbing X6, which itself is billed as Sports Activity Coupe, and which has, if I recall correctly, been dubbed “an X5 in a skintight tracksuit.” American odyssey, well, the X5 just laughed contemptuously and ploughed on. And it did the same a couple of years later when I joined BMW for the Tanzania-to-Kenya leg of an African trip that they put together using only X5 models. Today the X5 is simply in the best shape of its life, with a vast model range stretching from the economical but punchy X5 xDrive25d the mighty, all-conquering X5 M. But more than that the range of X models has swelled, and there are now five distinct ranges in this Bavarian manufacturer's line up, with one to suit almost every taste and budget. The line-up starts with the X1, the latest model of which is a small-sized And today there's even talk of an X7 being in development. But which ever X model you opt for, you're going to get not just massive versatility, you're also going to get the uncompromising driving pleasure that this marque so famously embodies.

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Star Turn Mercedes goes from sublime to stupendous with some new and refreshed sporting models....

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ust why Mercedes uses the line “Nothing but the best” becomes clearer each time I sample one of their new models. But nothing quite brought home the accuracy of this when they recently gave the media the chance to sample revised SL and SLC models, and the allnew Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe on a racetrack as well as on the open road.

Now it would be quite possible to fill this entire magazine telling you in detail about each of these ranges, but instead let's just start by saying that the SLC – formerly known as the SLK – is in the best shape of its life. It's no longer quite as feminine as it perhaps used to be, while the halo model is now the SLC 43 with a turboed, three-litre V6 good for 270kW and 520Nm. Gone

is the old V8-powered SLK 55, but its replacement is adroit, agile and entertaining. The range starts with the SLC 200 at N$696 000.00 And then there's the MercedesAMG C 63 Coupe. It's a sledgehammer. Obviously. And it's billed as “the sportiest C-Class ever.” It also packs big muscle. The C 63 version puts down 350kW and 650Nm from its turboed, four-litre V8. The even

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hotter C 63 S Coupe version uses the same motor to make 375kW and 700Nm. That will bang you from rest to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. Visceral, tactile, controllable, and potentially frightening with the electronic nannies switched off. Indeed, there's so much engineering and tech stuffed into this car that it's hard to imagine its makers making much money on it. The C 63 S Coupe is yours for N$1 412 000.00 Above all there's the SL. Aah, the SL, a car that has it roots in the Fifties and which is arguably the most elegant two-seater drop-top on the market. Now this car has been technically and visually uprated, with the non-AMG models now getting a 9G-Tronic gearbox. And speaking of AMG, it's the two halo Mercedes-AMG models – the SL 63 and the SL 65 – that grab the most attention. How could they not?

The SL 65, after all, uses a massive six-litre V12 with biturbos strapped on to make a tsunamiinducing 463kW and 1000Nm. It could make even more torque. Only the seven-speed transmission couldn't handle it.

And yet for all the engineering achievement, even overkill, of this big machine which tends to grab the headlines, along with the V8powered SL 63, the lesser-powered SL models have a graceful, timeless appeal of their own. The range starts with the V6 three-litre SL 400 now with power upped by 20kW and 20Nm to 270kW and 500Nm. The SL500, meanwhile, is just a sweetheart. Its 4.7-litre biturbo V8 makes 335kW and 700Nm. And with a zero-to-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds, topping out at an electronically governed 250km/h, it's hard to rationalise the need for more muscle – although of course the formidable firepower of the bigger-engined cars is insanely addictive. The SL range starts with the SL 400 AMG Line at N$1 465 000.00. Nothing but the best indeed.

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Civic Minded The all-new Honda Civic is one of the most sophisticated, slick machines yet from this Japanese manufacturer, writes JAMES SIDDALL...


ust as your first love is indelibly burnt into your psyche, so you forge an attachment to the car your learned to drive in. In my case that was the boxy little Honda Ballade launched in 1982. My late mom owned one, and not only did I learn to drive in it, as well as pass my license in it,

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but that bright-yellow Ballade soldiered on for almost two decades, clocking up huge mileage with nothing more than regular servicing. That car was essentially the secondgeneration Honda Civic, a machine that's this manufacturer's top seller, with over 23-million sold

to date. And now with the advent of the 10th-generation Civic that legacy is cemented, with the new car embodying all the Honda excellence you could wish for – as well as lashings of high-tech.

The new model is larger than its predecessor at 109mm longer, yet it's also 20mm lower, which makes it substantial car. In fact, the Civic now sits somewhere between the C- and D-segments in terms of size. So not only does it replace the outgoing Civic, obviously, but with the large Accord being discontinued on our market, it essentially takes over from this car as well.

Big news is that the Civic now packs turbo power. The two rangetopping models use a 1.5-litre VTEC turbopetrol motor making a healthy 127kW, and 220Nm from 1 700 to 5 500rpm. Also available is a normally aspirated, updated version of Honda's 1.8-litre motor making 104kW and 174Nm.

Fuel consumption is superb. You can expect 5.9 litres per 100km for the 1.5, and 6.3 litres for the 1.8. All models also use new CVT gearboxes, and while these can occasionally be mediocre affairs, the Civic's is seamless, slick and – quite simply – one of the very best I've yet experienced. The styling is slick too, and from the trademark Honda “wing face” to

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the edgy, attention-grabbing silhouette with its sporting overtones, it's a futuristic, timeless package. Honda, of course, has always shone in the quality stakes, and never brighter than with the new Civic, especially when it comes to the beautifully finished, lavishly equipped interior. And you can expect everything from heated leather seats up front (standard on all but the base model) to an all-new electric parking brake to a full-colour seven-inch infotainment display.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and more. Other cool features include advanced full LED headlights and LED

daytime running lights (on the 1.5 Turbo models), and Walk Away Auto Lock operated by the smart key system (also on the 1.5T models). Safety is well taken care of. Honda's new Agile Handling Assist (AHA) feature, for instance, is an electronic nanny that helps with stability especially during cornering, while you also get Vehicle Stability Control, ABS, of course, and dual front, side, and curtain airbags. On the move the Civic is polished and well-planted, with much attention having clearly gone into NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness). This is a premium, spacious machine – and one that offers a viable, beguiling alternative to the more traditional players in the luxury market. And one that has come light years from that Honda I learnt to drive in so long ago...

There are lashings of tech, too. The four-model range starts with the 1.8 Comfort CVT, and the 1.8 Elegance CVT. A little further up are the 1.5T Sport CVT, and the 1.5T Executive CVT, with the latter coming standard with the likes of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC),

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Electric Dreams Meet the latest version of Toyota's game-changing, precedent-setting Prius...

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ybrids might have gained traction today – with hybrid powertrains featuring in everything from economy runabouts to highperformance hypercars. But one vehicle started it all – the Toyota Prius, which became the planet's first mass-produced, truly popular hybrid when it was introduced in Japan in 1997. And today over 3.5-million have been sold. In our part of the world we had to wait a little longer until the second generation

Prius was launched in 2005, and now with the launch of the all-new fourthgeneration, Toyota's green car is in the best shape of its life. As Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Toyota Motors South Africa, says: “The fourth generation Prius builds on the strengths and achievements of its predecessors and establishes new benchmarks in fuel economy, emissions and efficiency. It will add further impetus to the growing appeal of hybrids in the

global market, achieving its strongest environmental performance yet, while delivering much improved styling and surprising driving dynamics from a green car.” Now the new Prius is the first model to use a chassis based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and with a lower centre of gravity than before, handling is sportier and more precise – yet ride quality is excellent with vast expertise having gone into developing the chassis.

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Pricing of the new Toyota Prius remains very competitive at N$ 450 316 Fuel Consumption: 3,7 litres / 100 km Service Plan: 5 years / 90 000km Warranty: 3 years / 100 000km Hybrid Battery Warranty: 8 years / 195 000km

It's also more striking and distinctive than ever with more than just a hint of elegant athleticism, and is 15mm lower, 15mm wider and 60mm longer than the outgoing car, with huge attention having been paid to aerodynamics. As evidenced by the car’s low wind resistance features which secure a world-class 0.24 coefficient of drag. But the new Prius is not simply “another green car.” Its design and high quality throughout give it greater emotional appeal and a powerful, desirable presence, underpinned by the fundamental strengths of that new TNGA platform. As Toyota’s most advanced hybrid, it is appropriate that it is an image leader and the intention has been to produce a design that makes an immediate impact. The car’s new, low-slung

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stance – made possible by that TNGA platform – suggests an excellent driving performance, supported by a distinctive new body silhouette that is both athletic and aerodynamically efficient. The result is a “human-tech” design with strong emotional quality, fully exploiting the opportunity presented by the car’s lower centre of gravity. Prius Chief Designer Shunsaku Kodama, who at 43 was Toyota’s youngest chief designer when appointed in 2011, led a team whose youthfulness generated a natural enthusiasm to challenge the status quo, even for a vehicle as revered as Prius. He says their focus was to “inject ego” into the car by crafting a more powerful, engaging and sporty image that would increase pride of ownership beyond Prius’s traditional ethical profile. “Peace of mind” is the theme for the cabin, meanwhile, which is designed to be a welcoming, quiet and comfortable space, and here quality and simplicity reign supreme. Just some welcome features include a seven-inch touchscreen panel designed like a tablet, a high-end standard six-speaker audio system, and an instrument cluster featuring dual 4.2-inch full-colour TFT (thin film transistor) LCD screens with easy-to-read displays. You also get seven airbags, as well as a Toyota first – a full-colour Heads Up Display (HUD) projected directly to the windscreen. And of course the hybrid powertrain has been yet further refined, with major advances in battery, electric motor, and petrol engine technologies. For a start, the new hybrid battery offers higher

energy density yet its size has been reduced by 10 percent, as has the size of the electric motor. The familiar 1.8-litre VVT-I Atkinson cycle petrol engine remains, but it has been re-engineered to give substantially better fuel economy and efficiency with a maximum output of 72kW and 142Nm at 3 600rpm. Meanwhile the electric motor makes 53kW of power and 163Nm – and of course fuel efficiency is greater than ever. And with a total output of 90kW from the hybrid system, performance is brisk. Figure on a zero-to-100km/h time of 10.6 seconds, and a top speed of 180km/h. Those are certainly not the kind of figures you'd traditionally associate with a “green” car! Very importantly, the new Prius maintains the smooth, quiet and refined drive that has characterised previous generations of the model, its shift-by-wire transmission making it as easy to drive as an automatic. The driver can choose from three selectable driving modes – Normal, ECO and Power – to suit driving conditions and personal preference. The driver can also switch to EV mode, for short distances in pure EV driving, such as entering a parking space or garage. Normal mode provides a suitable balance between fuel economy and throttle responsiveness. Switching to ECO mode optimises the powertrain and vehicle systems to prioritise fuel saving, adjusting throttle response and air conditioning

performance. Power mode gives emphasis to acceleration feel. The new Prius benefits from a drive assist system to provide a more responsive driving experience. The adaptive system continuously monitors the vehicle’s G-forces to understand driver behaviour and habits, a function activated when the driver selects Power mode. The hybrid system responds to the driver’s desire for more sporty performance, adjusting engine braking performance and throttle response. And perhaps just one example of the fanatical attention to detail that came with the development of the smoothriding new Prius is in the wheels. Toyota has specially developed lightweight alloy wheels which complement the performance of the new Prius’s advanced suspension and improve handling stability by being more rigid. This higher rigidity also has an impact on the level of tyre resonance that’s generated, thus reducing road noise. The 15-inch wheel is 30 percent more rigid and 12.7mm wider at 165.1mm, enabling better grip to be gained from the new low rolling resistance tyres. Keen to make savings wherever possible, Toyota has also shaved 1kg off the weight of the temporary spare wheel. The new Prius features a Tyre Pressure Warning System in addition. A

sensor on each wheel triggers a warning light on the instrument panel, if tyre pressure drops to a level that could compromise performance and safety. The system has a locating function that shows which wheel/tyre is affected. So if that sort of fastidious engineering has gone into just the wheels, you can only imagine the level of engineering behind the rest of this remarkable vehicle. And by the way, Prius means “front runner” in Latin – which, of course, is entirely apt. Get your version of the world's bestloved hybrid.


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Shebeen Life The high point of your safari might not be the wildlife after you have visited Gondwana’s Etosha Safari Camp, where their Shebeen unites a diverse group of people with its joyful vibes and local tunes By Ron Swilling

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feet, sing along or just simply enjoy -

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hoping to see a lion or rhino quenching

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and bicycles, with an even quirkier bar

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away at Etosha Safari Camp (or Lodge),

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every night of the week, the Etosha

you have a chance to experience some

independence shebeens. It’s a down-

Boys strum their guitars and play local

of Etosha’s other great nightlife. Get

to-earth, friendly, laidback restaurant

melodies. Guests, who have the choice

ready to tap your toes, stamp your

with a colourful assortment of bric-

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The shebeens of southern Africa had their origins in more dire times. Prohibitions for the ‘native population’ arrived in the wake of World War I, when proclaimed






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mandate of the Union of South Africa. The prohibition of intoxicating spirits and beverages had some success in the central and southern parts of the country, but there was little chance of stopping the smuggling of alcohol in the north through the border with Portuguese




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Irish word ‘séibín’ or ‘sibín’ denoting

in the abundance of cuca shops

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or shebeens, which still line the

or get up to twirl around the ‘dance

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streets from Oshakati to Ondangwa

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term shebeen has come to mean ‘an

today. They have a jumble of intriguing

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houses), where you could stop for a drink, hear the latest news and listen to music, became a vital part of daily life. Almost always operated illegally, they offered homely alternatives to

shebeen life that has been reignited at

bars and pubs that were often reserved

Gondwana’s Etosha Safari Camp. After

for their white clientele. The shebeens



naturally became refuges for activists

shebeens were eventually legalised

to meet and were routinely raided

and today most are run legitimately,

by policemen, who would confiscate


the stock and shut them down. They

holes of the past. Their existence

would soon reopen. Over the years,

has become controversial, however,

the shebeen became an important part

with some folk insisting they are

of southern African culture: a hub of

the breeding grounds for crime and

life, a centre for dance, discussion and

lure overindulgent youngsters and

entertainment. It is this warm spirit of

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On the outskirts of Etosha National Park, the best of shebeen life has been captured and preserved without the controversy (or the mopane worms!) to give guests a taste of the lively, jovial spirit of Africa. After a satisfying day of wildlife viewing, as the ruby sun begins to set, it’s time to return to a steaming array of delicious cuisine laid out on an old train compartment bedecked with old suitcases and signage.




nimbly about the tables that encircle the small fire and the musicians in the courtyard. When darkness descends and drinking establishments around

grainy beer to eager customers or bottled

on the surrounding mopane savannah

the world.

Namibian Breweries beer. Some may

and starlight twinkles above, a warm

Undeterred, shebeen culture remains

sell a few household commodities like

glow radiates from Etosha Safari

part of the character, culture and charm

soap, washing powder, canned fish or

Camp where guests are smiling, foot-

of Namibia. On Eveline Street in Katutura,

Drink-o-Pop, or may offer kapana (strips

stamping and singing along to a

shebeens vie for space between car wash

of meat), a potjiekos (pot food) meal

Namibian beat. The gentle sound of

businesses and barber shops, and in the

of goat and sheep intestines, mopane

celebration wafts upwards into the

Owambo regions of the north, they still

worms or vetkoek (fried cakes). They

indigo night.

dot the landscape in a merry assemblage

continue to be places to meet, eat and

of colour, providing jugs of homemade

listen to music.

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A lawyer defending a man accused of burglary tried a creative defense to get his client off the hook. “My client merely inserted his arm into the window and removed a few paltry items. His arm is not himself, so I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offense committed solely by his arm.” “Well put,” the judge replied with a grin. “Using that same logic, I sentence the defendant’s arm to one year’s imprisonment. Your client can accompany the arm or not, as he chooses.” The defendant smiled. With his lawyer’s help, he detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench and walked out.

I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

A young child walked up to her mother and stared at her hair. As her mother scrubbed the dishes, the girl cleared her throat and sweetly asked, “Why do you have some grey strands in your hair?” The mother paused and looked at her daughter. “Every time you disobey, I get one strand of grey hair. If you want me to stay pretty, you better obey.” The mother quickly returned to her task of washing dishes. The little girl stood there thinking. She cleared her throat again. “Mother?” She sweetly asked again. “Yes?” Her Mother replied. “Why is Grandma’s hair all grey?” I went to the doctors the other day and I said, ‘Have you got anything for wind?” So he gave me a kite.

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Turing Phone by Turing Robotic Industries Turing Phone is an innovative liquid metal phone from Turing Robotics Industries. It’s a revolutionary phone that redefines phone engineering while creating a way for trustworthy communication. Built with a material called Liquidmorphium, it’s an amorphous “liquid metal” alloy that is tougher than titanium or steel, a first ever smartphone that uses a liquid metal case, move away iPhone! Supporting Android OS, you won’t have to deal with “Bendgate” with this phone. It features a sleek look with minimalist design. Aside from being sturdy, this phone is coated inside and out with a nanoparticle treatment that makes it waterproof. Turing Phone boasts 5.5-inch full HD display, Chipset MSM8974AC Quad Krait 2.5GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB/64GB/128GB storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Turing-UniqueIdentification X-RFID. The battery is un-removable (unfortunately), but this cell phone is still at a prototype stage, let’s wait and see what the final product looks like.

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Android Men’s AD520BBU Hydraumatic G7 Skeleton Watch with cuff bracelet design The Android Men’s AD520BBU Hydraumatic G7 is a unique skeleton blue watch that will attract all eyes to your wrist. It features automatic movement and an adjustable band with a cuff bracelet design. As it has been designed for men only, this watch has a pretty huge size, but if you love a beautiful and unique timepiece, you can’t go wrong with this one.

GoBe Calorie Intake Watcher tracks your calories through your skin GoBe Calorie Intake Watcher is claimed to be the first and only wearable device that tracks your calorie intake, whether consumed or burnt. It features high tech

It is recommended for anyone with big wrists. The weight is just right. Unlike a cheap watch, it doesn’t feel light, is not too heavy and it doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. The movement of this watch is beautiful and eye catching as it winds itself, so you don’t need batteries. Unless you stop wearing it, this watch will work all the time, you don’t have to deal with the hassle of opening the watch. Water activities shouldn’t stop you from wearing the Android Hydraumatic G7. It’s water resistant to 330 feet (100M), therefore, whether you are swimming or snorkelling, this watch will be fine, but please don’t wear it if diving.

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sensors that track everything through your skin. Therefore, whatever you do, GoBe will automatically calculate your calorie intake, how many calories you burn, and your metabolic rate during activity, without having to log in. You can relax now, there is no more guesswork involved. You can count on this device to keep up with your diet regime. All you need to do, is to wear the device. It’ll automatically track your hydration and stress levels, activity, sleep patterns, and much more. It will deliver all the essential information

Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill: compact grill with spacious area for grilling Camping is not complete without carrying cooking gear. Once you use the Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill, you might not want to camp without it. It’s a compact, portable grill that makes a great companion when you are travelling. Even though it’s a compact grill, it actually offers a pretty spacious area for grilling, that is large enough for you to grill four medium steaks at the same time. This unit is solidly engineered without any nuts or bolts. The porcelain enameled coating helps to prevent rust and fading. You can grill your food on the triple nickel-plated cooking grate, on the 160-square inch cooking area. Once you’re done with cooking, simply lock the lid into place with the pivoting legs. You can carry this lightweight grill in one hand. We really love the built-in lid hangers, they allow you to rest the lid on the side of the grill, which turns it into an effective barrier against the wind. This is the perfect grill when you plan to do small barbecue grills; it cooks evenly and won’t flare up. The quality is unquestionable, thanks to the porcelain coating; it guarantees you years of use.

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BioLite CampStove cooks your food and recharges your gadgets BioLite has combined a stove and a power charger in one innovative design, BioLite CampStove. You’ll get to enjoy the benefits from both worlds in an interesting way. As you probably already know, BioLite produces a cost effective and compact stove, that offers unique social and environmental benefits as well. Enjoy your camping with this stove, cook your meals with nothing but twigs; so simple isn’t it? It eliminates the need to carry heavy and expensive petroleum gas, it is easy and quick to light, yet fast to boil. BioLite CampStove has the ability to transform the heat from a fire into usable electricity. Therefore even when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, you can still get connected (except when there’s no signal). It recharges your phones, lights, or gadgets while you cook dinner. By the way, you don’t need to go camping to use the stove, in fact, you can use it anytime, such as when the power goes out in a storm or after a natural disaster. You’ll be able to cook and get your gadget charged, even when the power lines are down.

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Luxury limited edition cocktail hamper from Rolls Royce The Rolls Royce Motor Car is a luxurious car brand known worldwide. It seems that the company wants to provide you not only with a luxury vehicle but also a cocktail hamper. This luxury limited edition cocktail hamper has been designed to meet the needs of consumers who wish to relax and enjoy a little beyond the traditional glass of champagne. This hamper is the result of Rolls Royce’s attention to detail and remarkable quality. Sina Maria Eggl is the designer behind this creation, a Rolls Royce accessories designer, she also consulted with experts from Dorchester Collection’s London Hotels and 45 Park Lane, to make sure that this hamper would be perfect to cater for a variety of classic and contemporary cocktails. Beautifully hand crafted over a period of eight weeks from American Walnut Wood, it is finished with the finest natural grain leather just like the interior of some Rolls Royce motorcars. This hamper presents you with every necessity required to create a perfect cocktail. Each part is a bespoke, hand-made creation designed to combine beautiful aesthetics with practicality, making sure you can have effortless use, from the knife integrated light to the mirrored surfaces, a total luxury of a cocktail bar in a basket.

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Lumir C: Candle powered LED lamp anytime, anywhere After travelling throughout India, the design team of Lumir realised the seriousness of blackouts. There are many households in developing countries that rely on candlelight. Lumir C is a candle powered LED lamp that aims to light up the world; it doesn’t require any batteries or plugs, just use a candle to enjoy bright LED lamplight. The user can read a book, cook, or work without any external power supply. This light design was inspired by a lighthouse that lights up the dark sea, by using the principles that convert the different temperatures between two different types of semi conductors into electricity. Lumir C lights up the LED using heat energy from the candle.

Designer: Lumir

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Fund managers turn to tactical asset allocation for more stable returns in volatile markets A

sset allocation, arguably one of the most critical aspects of fund management when it comes to performance, is becoming more adaptive and dynamic in response to market volatility. Bastian Teichgreeber, Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Prescient Investment Management, said that asset allocation, which accounts for up to 90% of the returns generated by fund managers, is not about selecting the most promising asset classes in terms of absolute returns, but rather finding an optimal allocation in which assets can interact in a riskreducing manner. “The objective is to develop the combination of the right set of assets to capture an optimal risk return profile. The fact that different asset classes are driven by different factors leaves them partly uncorrelated to each other. “This enables sophisticated asset allocation to deliver stable returns, since the risk to which the whole allocation is exposed can be nicely balanced.” An asset class is a group of securities that exhibit similar characteristics, behave similarly in the marketplace, and are subject to the same laws and regulations. For Prescient Investment Management’s local portfolios, cash, bonds, property, inflation-linked

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bonds and equities are defined as asset classes. The group adds offshore bonds and offshore equity for its international portfolios. Prescient differentiates between strategic and tactical asset allocation. The former is long-term orientated, the latter more short-term. Both allocations are derived quantitatively. Teichgreeber noted that, “Strategic asset allocation is reviewed sixmonthly or yearly, while tactical asset allocation changes can occur more frequently, taking into account changes in volatility.” In the long run, volatility is mean reverting, with strategic asset allocation also orientated towards the long-term. More dynamic, tactical asset allocation involves deviation from the optimal long-term strategic allocation. In terms of determining tactical asset allocation, Prescient’s quantitative models incorporate two components: market momentum and macro economics. Teichgreeber said it is important that the relationship between risk and return over a long duration is clear cut, because the risk profile directly affects the asset allocation strategy. “However, this relationship can only hold in the long-term. Of course, there will always be periods in which riskier asset allocations underperform low risk allocations.”

Bastian Teichgreeber joined Prescient Investment Management in August 2015 as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst responsible for Positive Return and Balanced Mandates. He has been in the industry for 10 years and during this tenure, has held the position of portfolio manager internationally, developing actively managed investment strategies for fixed income and equity indices, as well as implementing optimal fixed income allocations within multi asset funds by managing duration, credit risk, equity beta and currency exposure interdependently. In 2007, Bastian obtained a BA with Honours in Banking and Financial Management from the University of Cooperative Education in Ravensberg, Germany. In 2009, he obtained an MSc in Banking and Financial Management from the University of Liechtenstein. He is a CFA charter holder since 2010 and completed his FRM (financial risk manager) in 2012.

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The Hangala Capital Fund was established and licensed as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) by the National Financial Regulator, NAMFISA, and is managed by Hangala Capital Private Equity (Pty) Ltd. By soliciting capital from accredited investors, we invest in the following asset classes: • Venture capital • Private equity • Mezzanine financing (subordinated debt) • Special situations. We invest in all industries, with a particular interest in agribusiness, manufacturing and infrastructure. We pride ourselves on a deep-rooted understanding of the Namibian environment, while Prescient offers their proven creative approach to investment – together, Hangala Capital Private Equity (Pty) Ltd offers clients the services of a formidable team of professionals, with the sole aim of providing you with solid returns and preservation of your capital.

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Thank you for choosing Air Namibia. We will do everything to ensure you have a pleasant flight. If you need assistance, please ask any of our cabin attendants.

Obrigado por ter escolhido voar com a Air Namibia. Nós prometemos fazer tudo o que podermos para garantir que você tenha um vôo agradável. Se você tiver alguma dúvida ou precisar de ajuda, não hesite em pedir a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine por favor.

Danke, dass Sie sich dafür entschieden haben mit Air Namibia zu fliegen. Wir werden alles tun um Ihnen den Flug so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Wenn Sie Fragen haben oder Hilfe benötigen, wenden Sie sich bitte an einen unserer Flugbegleiter oder Flugbegleiterinnen.

Our highly trained cabin attendants are at your service on all our flights, for your safety and comfort.

Todos os nossos voos são servidos por assistentes de cabine altamente profissionais. Eles estão à sua disposição em todos os momentos para fazer o seu voo mais confortável.

Unser versiertes Flugpersonal steht Ihnen während des Fluges jederzeit zur Verfügung. Für Ihre Sicherheit und Bequemlichkeit sind Sie bei unserer Crew in besten Händen.

We carry first-aid kits on all our flights, should a passenger need assistance for minor conditions.

Existe um kit de primeiros socorros a bordo de nossos voos, e se os passageiros precisarem de gotas para os olhos ou medicamentos para dores de cabeça, náuseas, azia ou qualquer outra condição relativamente menor. Faça mais perguntas sobre os nossos serviços especiais ao fazer reserva

Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich immer an Bord.

As a safety precaution, it is important to read the safety card stored in the seat pocket in front of you

Por favor, leia o folheto de segurança no bolso do assento à sua frente e observe a sua saída de emergência mais próxima. Nos voos superiores a três horas (voos de longo curso), recomendamos que você revise o conteúdo do panfleto de segurança novamente.

Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit bitten wir Sie, sich die in der Zeitschriftentasche vor Ihnen befindliche Sicherheits-Instruktionen aufmerksam durchzulesen.

Life vests are stored under Por favor, tome nota que o colete salva-vidas está Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter your seat. Only use them localizado embaixo do seu assento. O assistente de Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf as demonstrate, and only cabine vai demonstrar quando e como usar o colete Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. when instructed by the cabin salva-vidas em caso de emergência attendants. Smoking is prohibited on all Air De acordo com a lei da aviação é proibido fumar em Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein Namibia flights. todos os voos da Air Namibia, isso inclui fumar quaisquer absolutes Rauchverbot. dispositivos artificiais ou cigarro, como e/ou cigarros eletrônicos. Só é permitido fumar em áreas designadas no edifício do terminal dos aeroportos.

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Seats must be in the upright position during take-off and landing. For your own safety, you are required to fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated and we recommend that you keep your belt fastened throughout the flight.

Para a descolagem e aterragem, todos os assentos devem estar na posição vertical. Por favor, tome nota que os assentos nas linhas de saída de emergência não reclinam. Por favor, apertem o cinto de segurança sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança se acende. Para sua segurança, recomendamos que você o mantenha apertado durante todo o vôo.

Während Start und Landung müssen sich die Sitzlehnen in aufrechter Position befinden. Bitte schnallen Sie sich an, sobald das Anschnallzeichen aufleuchtet. Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit empfehlen wir während des gesamten Fluges angeschnallt zu bleiben.

We offer complimentary meals and beverages on all our flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals are available upon request when making reservations.

Uma refeição quente ou um lanche é servido em todos os nossos vôos. Alimentação-Special ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante solicitação no momento da reserva. Nós oferecemos uma grande variedade de bebidas.

Auf unseren Flügen werden Mahlzeiten und Getränke serviert. Diätische oder vegetarische Mahlzeiten können bei der Flugbuchung angefragt werden

ENGLISH We carry an extensive range of duty free products at competitive prices on selected flights. Please refer to our catalogue for details.



Nós carregamos uma grande variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos. Por favor, consulte o catálogo no bolso em frente do seu assento.

An Bord ist ein umfangreiches Sortiment an Duty-Free-Produkten zu attraktiven Preisen erhältlich. Informationen hierzu entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Duty-FreeKatalog.

Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e vídeo estão Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord programmes are available on disponíveis nos nossos voos de longo curso e de médio unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen flights operated using our A330 curso verfügbar. and A319 aircraft. Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar. can be adjusted to provide a refreshing stream of air.

Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über individuelle Frischluftdüsen.

Regulamentos de saúde em determinados aeroportos exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O spray é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.

Um den Gesundheitsvorschriften einiger Länder zu entsprechen, muss die Flugzeugkabine mit einem für den Menschen unbedenklichen Spray behandelt werden. Wir empfehlen dennoch, die Atemwege durch Vorhalten eines Taschentuchs zu schützen.

Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê, recomendamos que você we recommend you request a reserve o seu voo mais cedo e não se esqueça de pedir bassinet especially on the long- um berço especialmente nos voos de longo curso haul flights.

Sollten Sie mit einem Baby reisen, empfehlen wir Ihnen besonders auf Langstreckenflügen ein Babybett zu beantragen.

Please do not place any luggage Por favor note que no assento da saída de emergência é under seats at the emergency proibido colocar bagagem de mão debaixo dos assentos. exit seat. Excesso de bagagem de mão será colocada no porão Para garantir uma gestão eficiente e minimizar os danos, Carry-on luggage should be certifique-se que os artigos não pesam mais de 32 kg. stored in the overhead stowage. Certifique-se de etiquetar sua bagagem e garantir que devidamente bloqueado.

“Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Verstauen von Handgepäck unter Ihrem Sitz an den Notausgängen nicht gestattet ist.“

Health regulations in some countries require that the aircraft cabin must be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.

We suggest that passengers do stretching exercises, and move during the flight to improve blood circulation.

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

Exercício durante a espera para o banheiro. Esta é uma Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges boa oportunidade para se esticar e se mover enquanto möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt. em pé na fila. Beba muita água durante todo o vôo Use roupas folgadas, confortáveis para que você se possa descolar facilmente Use sapatos confortáveis, macios para que você possa deslizar ou descalçar facilmente Leve apenas um pequeno saco como bagagem de mão, assim você não precisa de sobre-carregar seus pés e restringir o seu espaço para as pernas

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Our Frequent Flyer Programme Air Namibia’s Frequent Flyer Programme is called “Reward$”. Becoming a member enables you to earn valuable miles from all your travels with Air Namibia. These miles can be used to buy tickets, pay for upgrades to business class and pay for excess baggage. Miles are transferable between members and can also be used to purchase tickets for persons other than the member. Joining is absolutely free, PLUS you get up to 500 complimentary miles upon successful subscription. For more specifics on the programme, please refer to the appropriate topic below.


Electronic Bonus

You can register online by visiting our website: www.airnamibia.com.na, or at any Air Namibia ticket office. You will receive a membership pack, including your permanent card, 2-3 weeks after your first flight after registration.

An Electronic Bonus of 300 miles will be allocated to the member on first activity if the member has registered online and selected his communication preference to be e-mail.

Miles Expiry

Miles are valid for five (5) years after the year in which they were earned. Miles due to expire will always be reflected on your Mileage Summary.

Activation Rules

A membership account will automatically be activated after the first flight and successful completion of registration.

Missing Miles

Enrolment Bonus

If your Miles are not credited for any reason, they can be promptly credited provided the relevant documentation is submitted. It is essential to keep all the relevant documentation including original boarding passes and copies of airline tickets. Members can also claim missing miles online by entering the e-ticket number without the airline code “186”, or contact our Call Center for assistance.

Enrolment Bonus is 500 miles. Enrolment bonuses are allocated to the member’s account on the first activity after registration.

Spending Miles

Corporate Clients

For more information visit:

Air Namibia has also introduced the

www.airnamibia.com.na. If you do not

Corporate Client component to the

have enough miles for a free ticket, you


can purchase miles in batches of 1000

For more information on the Corporate






miles at N$220 – this is only applicable



if you have 50% or more of the value of

employees. Members can accumulate

the Award ticket available. Award tickets

miles in both corporate as well as personal

are valid for 12 months from the date of

accounts, depending on directives from

issue and are processed and issued after

their corporate head.

payment of Airport taxes is received.

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Client enrollment, please contact our Call Centre at Tel: +264 61 2996111/6333/6444 or Call.Center@airnamibia.aero

Very Important Note:

Members need to fly once after registration in order to activate their accounts and before miles can be used to redeem tickets, request upgrades or to transfer miles from his/her account to another member’s account.

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Our Fleet

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000l

Cruising Speed

860 km/h 233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860l

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198l

Cruising Speed

820 km/h 70 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class

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Cruising Speed

820 km/h 19 000 kg

Baggage Guidelines

At Air Namibia we are committed to ensuring that our passengers are re-united with their luggage at end of their journey. Given the complexity of the environment in which we operate, passengers’ luggage often gets out of our control and care, (for brief moments when they are subjected to control and handling by various agencies.) It is for this reason we request passengers to check their luggage on point of arrival (immediately after collecting their bag) to ensure that bag was not tampered with; and to report any suspected losses immediately. We request passengers not to check-in valuable items, especially those that are susceptible to theft, such as cash, jewellery, electronic devices like mobile phones, watches, sunglasses, to mention a few. In line with International Industry Conventions on passenger baggage liability, Air Namibia cannot be held liable if these valuable items are pilfered from checked-in baggage. We encourage our passengers to lock or wrap their bags where possible.

Our rules pertaining to baggage include the following allowance, with maximum weight of 7 kg each, and maximum size 55 x 38 x 20 cm; plus an overcoat, an umbrella, a walking stick, a ladies hand bag, a reasonable amount of reading material, and a laptop. We also allow a fully collapsible wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches as hand baggage.

Excess baggage fees on extra pieces of baggage carried, per bag up to 10 bags per passenger are Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per extra bag US$ 110.00 per extra bag US$ 200.00 per extra bag

Free allowance for checked in baggage

Airbus A330-200 Airbus A319-100 Embraer ERJ 135 Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Economy:1 piece weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Economy: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Applicable excess baggage fees on excess weight over the free baggage allowance per bag. Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa

1 piece not exceeding 23 kg’s

Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per bag US$ 110.00 per bag US$ 200.00 per bag

• No item of checked in baggage may exceed 32 kilograms.

• For further information on sports, highly fragile items, and security guidelines, we recommend that you visit our website on www.airnamibia.com

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Schedule 04 September to 29 October 2016 ( ALL times local) NOTE: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight no SW 286

From Frankfurt



Departure Arrival





SW 286/703


Cape Town (via Windhoek)




SW 286/723


Johannesburg (via Windhoek)




SW 285






Regional Flight No SW 704

From Cape Town



Departure Arrival





SW 708

Cape Town





SW 708

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay




SW 374



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 374


Windhoek (via Lusaka)

Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun



SW 722






SW 724






SW 728






SW 728


Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 730


Walvis Bay




SW 304






SW 373



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 374



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 403


Windhoek (via Victoria Falls)

Mon, Wed



SW 406



Fri, Sun



SW 404

Victoria Falls


Mon, Wed



SW 405

Victoria Falls

Windhoek (via Maun)

Fri, Sun



SW 303






SW 373



Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun



SW 373


Harare ( via Lusaka)

Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun



SW 403



Mon, Wed



SW 403


Victoria Falls (via Maun)

Mon, Wed



SW 405


Victoria Falls

Fri, Sun



SW 405


Maun (via Victoria Falls)

Fri, Sun



SW 703


Cape Town




SW 707


Cape Town




SW 723






SW 727






SW 729






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Domestic Flight No




Departure Arrival

SW 101






SW 105



Mon, Tue, Thu



SW 105






SW 107



Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri






Wed, Fri



14:15 Departure 15:20 Arrival 10:05 11:35 07:00 08:00 10:00 11:30 14:30 15:30

SW 107



SW 125



SW 125No Flight SW SW 133 101

Eros From Eros Eros

Rundu To Katima Mulilo Ondangwa

Sun Days Mon, Daily Wed, Fri

SW SW 133 105 SW 143 SW 105

Eros Eros Luderitz Eros

Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa

Sun Mon, Tue, Thu Mon, Sat Fri

SW SW 143 107 SW 146 SW 107

Luderitz Eros Luderitz Eros

Windhoek(via Ondangwa Oranjemund) Windhoek Ondangwa

Mon, Fri Wed, Thu, Fri Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun Sun

SW SW 134 125 SW SW 134 125

Katima Eros Mulilo Katima Eros Mulilo

Eros Rundu Eros Rundu

Mon, Wed, Wed, Fri Fri Sun Sun

SW SW 126 133 SW SW 126 133

Rundu Eros Rundu Eros

Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Katima Mulilo

Wed, Mon, Fri Wed, Fri Sun Sun

SW SW 144 143 SW SW 145 143

Oranjemund Luderitz Oranjemund Luderitz

Windhoek Oranjemund Luderitz Windhoek(via Oranjemund)

Mon, Mon, Fri Fri Wed, Mon, Sun Fri

SW SW 145 146 SW 102 SW 134

Oranjemund Luderitz Ondangwa Katima Mulilo

Windhoek Windhoek (via Luderitz) Eros Eros

SW SW 106 134 SW 106 SW 126

Ondangwa Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Rundu

Eros Eros Eros Eros

SW SW 108 126 SW 108 SW 144

Ondangwa Rundu Ondangwa Oranjemund

SW SW 166 145 SW SW 713 145


14:20 15:55 14:20 17:45

14:55 16:55 16:40 18:45

15:40 17:25 12:15 14:30

16:40 18:45 13:55 15:35

12:05 14:15 16:05 10:05

13:45 15:20 17:10 11:35

15:50 10:00 15:25 14:20

16:55 11:30 16:40 14:55

Wed, Wed, Sun Sun Daily Mon, Wed, Fri Mon, Sun Tue, Thu

14:35 14:20 14:35 15:40

15:10 16:40 16:40 16:40

08:30 12:15 16:00 12:05

09:30 13:55 17:00 13:45

Eros Eros Eros Windhoek

Sat Wed, Fri Mon, Sun Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Sun Mon, Fri

17:25 16:05 19:15 15:50 18:55 15:25

18:25 17:10 20:15 16:55 19:55 16:40

Walvis Bay Oranjemund Walvis Bay Oranjemund

Windhoek Luderitz Cape Town(via Luderitz) Windhoek

Daily Wed, Sun Daily Wed, Sun

11:30 14:35 12:10 14:35

12:10 15:10 14:15 16:40

SW SW 737 102 SW SW 143 106

Walvis Bay Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa

Johannesburg Eros Luderitz Eros

Daily Daily Mon, Fri Thu Mon, Tue,

17:50 08:30 12:50 16:00

20:00 09:30 13:50 17:00

SW SW 143 106 SW SW 145 108

Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa

Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Eros Oranjemund Eros

Mon, Sat Fri Wed, Sun Wed, Thu, Fri Mon, Tue,

12:50 17:25 12:50 19:15

14:55 18:25 14:05 20:15

SW SW 145 108 SW 165 SW 166

Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Walvis Bay

Luderitz(via Oranjemund) Eros Walvis Bay Windhoek

Wed, Sun Sun Daily Daily

12:50 18:55 11:00 11:30

15:10 19:55 11:40 12:10

SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town




SW 737

Walvis Bay





SW 143



Mon, Fri



SW 143


Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Mon, Fri



SW 145



Wed, Sun



SW 145


Luderitz(via Oranjemund)

Wed, Sun



SW 165


Walvis Bay




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