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Do you have a gap? ...chances are that you do. Most people are unaware of their retirement and insurance gap. Only one in nine Namibians save for retirement in the form of a pension or provident fund. 88% will need help from the government or their family. Almost 5% of our nation is disabled. More than half not being able to find a job. FundsAtWork can assist you, as a business owner, to help your employees to close their retirement and insurance gaps. The tooth fairy won’t.

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Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Arne Deprez • Anja Benseler • Anne Schauffer • Bronwyn Berman • Courtney McLaren • Gabriel Barathieu • Melany Bendix • Hannah Keal • Ron Swilling • Roving Ambassador

In this month’s Flamingo May 2017

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ON THE COVER Ben McRae is a photographer based in Australia.

Advertising Sales Media Nova Namibia Ferreira’s Garden Centre Shop #2, Maxwell Street Southern Industrial Area Windhoek, NAMIBIA Namibia and Africa Mynard Slabbert +264 (0)85 227 2380 mynard@media-namibia.com Chris Coetzee +264 (0)81 668 0697 chris@media-namibia.com Jenni Mccallum +27 (0)82 411 6401 jenni@media-namibia.com Art & layout design MPDPS (Pty) Ltd +27 (0)21 856 1276 mark@mpdps.com Production Manager Dalene van Niekerk Designers Wade Hunkin, Eugene Jonck Printers Solitaire Press, Brahman Street Northern Industria Windhoek, NAMIBIA TEAM NAMIBIA Media Nova Namibia cc is a proud partner of Team Namibia

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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.

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Air Namibia Information

From the Managing Director and Destination Map.

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Treat yourself well in KZN Relaxation means different things to different people...but there’s something about a destination spa which means the same thing to everybody. Bliss.

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Underwater Photographer of the Year A photograph of a hunting octopus sees French diver Gabriel Barathieu named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017. Baratheiu’s photograph triumphed over 4500 underwater pictures entered by underwater photographers from 67 different countries.

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36 Payments for ecosystem services The potential for an innovative means of supporting co-habitation between communities and wildlife. 44

Finger of God The imposing ‘Finger of God’ remains a landmark in the memory of most Namibians, even though it tumbled to the ground more than twenty years ago . . .

50 Namibia on canvas Namibian artist Anja Benseler is making a name for herself, and it’s no surprise why. 55 Motoring New BMW i3, Audi Q7 and VW Amarok. 68

The human-nature connection Artist Bronwyn Berman was born and raised on the North Western fringe of Sydney in an area of bushland rich in biodiversity and wildlife. She’s inspired by nature and passionate about how art and creative practice operates in establishing and re-establishing human connection with nature. She chatted to Flamingo about her life, work and inspiration.

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78 Pelican point lodge The wonderful thing about Namibia is always to expect the unexpected. There are some amazing places for travellers to rest their heads, and Pelican Point Lodge is up there with them. Arne Deprez tells the story of his trip. 94

Peace, elegance… with a distinctive touch of Namibia A secluded escape from the hustle of the city, but still centrally located, Burg’s View Boutique Hotel is the ideal place for the cosmopolitan soul in Windhoek.

98 Trending: Craft distillers Benchmarking for spirited craft distillers When the majority of privately owned micro distillers were declared illegal in South Africa in the 60’s, only a few large distilleries were granted the right to produce spirits under law. 104 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 106 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.

110 Early detection for the gold standard for cardiology Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the Western world. Renowned cardiologist Dr David Lipkin says to avoid contributing to that statistic, early diagnosis is vital. By Debbie Hathway. 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.

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GENERAL

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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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SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

MONEY MATTERS

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.

POPULATION

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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.

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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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Dear Esteemed Passengers, It remains an honour and privilege to welcome you on board and share Air Namibia’s story through this publication. We remain committed to provide exceptional customer service to our passengers. We are proud to inform our esteemed stakeholders that we have increased capacity on our Windhoek – Gaborone – Durban route. Effective 26 March 2017, Air Namibia now services this route with the Airbus A319 fleet which offers 112 seats, replacing the Embraer ERJ 135 which only offered 37 seats. We believe this development will help accelerate the growth rate of this newly introduced route, while offering our customers more options including business class seats and opportunities to transport cargo. Air Namibia introduced special group fares for Namibian learners who

Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director

The routes WindhoekGaborone-Durban now serviced with Airbus A319.

travel to other countries for sports and tours. The special fares apply when travelling in a group of 10 persons or more. This annual initiative will offer an opportunity for learners to experience fast, safe and reliable transport while reducing traffic on public roads. On the Namibian calendar, May is a month filled with various important public holidays that honour and celebrates events of significance to our history. Namibian workers will join the rest of the world to commemorate May Day, better known as the International Workers Day on 1 May 2017. Three days thereafter on 4 May, the nation will

observe the Cassinga Day, a public holiday to honour the fallen heroes whose blood waters our freedom. The Africa Day is observed on 25 May annually, to celebrate African unity and commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as African Union which was established 54 years ago. On the local front and in our quest to promote domestic tourism, we take a focus on the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) Halali camp this month. Strategically located halfway between Okaukuejo and Namutoni, Halali is situated at the base of a dolomite hill, amongst shady Mopane trees and just a 3 hour drive from the Ondangwa Airport.

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Treat yourself well in KZN Relaxation means different things to different people...but there’s something about a destination spa which means the same thing to everybody. Bliss. Words by: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied

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pas and destination spas are two

into a new city, whether for business

and have won accolades at one time

different things. One is urban and

or pleasure, it’s a superb opportunity

or another. Most of the top hotels have

wonderful for that pedicure or back

to spend some Me-Time outside the

spas attached to their accommodation

massage when you just nip down the

city limits in a fresh environment.

or as part of their offering, but the west

majority of these mentioned below

full-on escapism...as far as you can

towards the KZN Midlands, you’ll

have the spa or wellness experience

possibly go in a few hours, preferably

come across a number of well-known,

at the heart of their experience.

overnight, and leave the world behind.

well-respected, often internationally

It’s a great favourite for bookclub

acclaimed destination spas which

quite

getaways, special birthdays, bridal

offer different treatments with unique

pinpointed what you’re looking for,

showers and stepping off the planet

philosophies and specialities. They’re

you’ll find the perfect spa to respond

solo or with a partner or friend. Coming

all an easy hour or two from Durban,

to that search.

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Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa Photo by Grant Pitcher

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Like Karkloof Safari Spa, where a few wonderful worlds combine to create an extraordinary experience. At this large, professional spa, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a game reserve, and when you’re not immersed in one or other sensational treatment, you can head off on a game drive, go birding, hiking or take to a mountain

Karkloof Safari Spa

bike trail. The landscape is beautiful, and there’s little doubt that nature is supremely soothing. Their menu of treatments is vast, meals are superb and health focussed – no set meal times, you choose what and when - the spa itself has world-class facilities, and if you do nothing else, try a Thai massage from one of their Thai therapists. A short spell in their accommodation in the middle of the bush is guaranteed to restore body and soul. Karkloof Safari Spa

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Karkloof Safari Spa


Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Brookdale Health Hydro

Brookdale Health Hydro

In Nottingham Road, you’ll find the beautiful Fordoun Hotel & Spa which offers five star accommodation and spa treatments, plus wonderful meals in their Skye Bistro restaurant. Not far from there, although world’s apart in terms of experience and goals, is Brookdale Health Hydro - a legendary wellness destination - where you’re invited to hide away for a few days or a week, to restore well-being to that tired mind and weary body. This is a full Hydro experience, where all the pieces of the puzzle get attention – from yoga and country walks to diet and massage. If life has been getting you down, Brookdale will assuredly pick you up.

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Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa is a few kilometres outside Nottingham Road, and offers something uniquely South African, with all the finest bells and whistles. Accommodation ranges from luxurious single and double en suite rooms, to the most charming cottages ideally suited for small groups. The décor isn’t canned décor, its exquisite home décor, with all the artistic quirkiness and style of owner, Jennifer Hindle. The warmth of the welcome and family who own and run Indigo Fields is pretty much like a homecoming – it’s luxurious, yet ultra-comfortable and cosy. Nothing is too much trouble, and you are the recipients of their attention… but unobtrusively. You really can escape here with a toothbrush - they’ve thought of everything else. You can come for the day but we warned, you’ll be sorry you didn’t choose the overnight stay – that’s first prize! You’ll enjoy the gourmet

Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa Photo by Grant Pitcher

Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa Photo by Grant Pitcher

Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa

Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa

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meals, homemade breads and farm-fresh

you. When the weather allows, the tent

ingredients which pepper their extensive

sides are lifted, and it’s you (and your

menu, the wonderful treatments, the

friend or partner if you’ve so chosen),

exquisite farm-like setting…and you

the well-trained therapist, and the

won’t have to go home at the end of

simple, soothing sounds of nature. It

the day. Homemade truffles and a little

might be birds, a river running by, or

glass of creamy Marula in front of a

the rolling thunder of an approaching

fire is hard to beat. The treatments at

storm…but whichever, it’s all part of

Indigo Fields are unlike elsewhere,

the magic. At Indigo Fields, the rate you

because you’re driven by Landrover

pay is all-inclusive too, so your wine,

down into the valley to designated quiet

your meals, your bubbly in the Jacuzzi

and pretty locations in the landscape,

after the heavenly salt scrub…is all

where a permanent luxe tent awaits

part of the package.

Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa

Indigo Fields Farmhouse and Spa

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If you’re heading south along the KZN coast, consider The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa with its five-star panoramic views, sensational gourmet table, game drives, birding (over 255 species found in the Gorge)…and their Clivia Spa with views from here to eternity. Their spa menu is extensive, and the natural setting adds to the healing power of the spa treatments. And heading north, there’s The Oyster Box Hotel, part of the Red Carnation Hotel collection - its five star spa was voted Best Hotel Spa at last year’s World Spa Awards, and is probably best known

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

for its Turkish Hammam. It’s the perfect uber lux escape if you’re staying at this iconic Umhlanga beachfront hotel. And there are so many more. Some of the Midlands and coastal hotels and little boutique hotels like the gem-like Teremok in Umhlanga have glorious spas, each with their own character. At most of KwazuluNatal’s magnificent game reserves and lodges up and down the coast – and inland – various size spas have been added to the mix. There’s something utterly wonderful about a massage on the deck of your tented camp, overlooking a river, waterhole or just simply the bush. When you choose your getaway – in the wilds, country or coast - ask whether they offer spa treatments, or check it out on their website.

Contact: www.indigofields.co.za www.fordoun.com www.brookdale.co.za www.karkloofsafarispa.com www.thegorge.co.za www.oysterboxhotel.com www.teremok.co.za

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The Oyster Box Hotel


Teremok Spa

The Oyster Box Hotel

The Oyster Box Hotel

Teremok Spa

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Underwater Photographer of the Year A photograph of a hunting octopus sees French diver Gabriel Barathieu named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017. Baratheiu’s photograph triumphed over 4500 underwater pictures entered by underwater photographers from 67 different countries.

Gabriel Barathieu/UPY 2017 Nationality: France Image caption: Dancing Octopus Country taken: Mayotte Island Location: Lagoon of Mayotte Camera make: Canon 5ds Lens: Canon 14 mm f2,8 II ISO: 100 Aperture: f16 Shutter: 1/125 Lighting used: Natural light Housing: Subal

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nderwater Photographer of the Year is an annual competition that seeks to celebrate photography beneath the surface of the sea, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools. Today’s competition has 10 categories, with themes such as Macro, Wide Angle, Behaviour and Wreck photography, as well as three categories for photos taken specifically in British waters. This year’s judges were experienced underwater photographers Peter Rowlands, Martin Edge and Alex Mustard. French diver Gabriel Barathieu was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017, and his ‘Dancing Octopus’ photo was taken in the lagoon of the tiny island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean: “I had to wait for a low spring tide when the water was just 30cm deep (1 foot) so that the octopus would fill the water column. I got as close as possible with a wide angle lens to create this image, which makes the octopus look huge.” “Both balletic and malevolent, this image shows an octopus that really means business as it hunts. The way it moves is so different from any predator on land, this truly could be an alien from another world,” commented competition judge, Alex Mustard. “It was taken in knee deep water, showing that underwater photography is open to anyone who is prepared to dip their toe in the water.” The title of British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 went to Nick Blake, who lives in Dublin, Ireland, for his photo ‘Out Of The Blue’ taken in a freshwater sinkhole in Mexico, known as Chac Mool Cenote: “Underwater photographers can move freely in three dimensions, so I adjusted my position in the water to capture the symmetrical framing of the light beams by the rocks”. Competition judge Martin Edge commented “I love the enclosure of the light within the Cenote, the composition contains all the sunlight so that the eye of the viewer cannot escape.” The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition also aims to promote new photographic talent. Argentinian Horacio Martinez was named as Up &

Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 for ‘Oceanic In The Sky’ photographed in Egypt: “I noticed this oceanic white tip shark patrolling in the distance and exposed for the sun beams, and was pleased by the dreamlike effect. Oceanics are great subjects for close ups as they are anything but shy. Yet, I wanted to capture their apparent loneliness in the big blue.” Chair of the judges, Peter Rowlands commented “The photographer has seen the light and realised its dramatic effect extremely well and used it to contrast the small shark in a lonely world. Very evocative indeed.” The title of Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2017 goes to Nicholai Georgiou for ‘Orca Pod’ taken in the depths of winter in northern Norway: “The days are short and the water barely above freezing, but with orca around, the cold is quickly forgotten. The light was beautiful as the sun skimmed the horizon, but the water was dark and foreboding. Then these orca swam by, nice and close. It was a moment which will be hard to top.” Chair of the judges, Peter Rowlands summed it up neatly by commenting “I’m jealous.” Melvin Redeker from the Netherlands won British Waters wide angle with the first photo of orca (killer whales) taken in Shetland in the UK: “We studied the Mousa pod over a few weeks and decided the best opportunity would come if I hid on the seabed where the orcas were hunting seals. Staring in a wall of water, suddenly the pod appeared. Totally silent. Eye to eye with these mighty apex predators, my heart skipped a few beats.” Chair of the judges, Peter Rowlands commended “this is a groundbreaking shot for British waters.” Contact: info@underwater photographeroftheyear.com

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Credit name: Nick Blake/UPY 2017 Nationality: UK Image caption: Out of the Blue Country taken: Mexico Location: Kukulkan Cenote, Yucatan Peninsula Camera make: NikonD810 Lens: Sigma 15mm Fisheye ISO: 400 Aperture: f6.3 Shutter: 1/60 Lighting used: Natural light Housing: Sea & Sea MDX Housing

Nicholai Georgiou/UPY 2017 Nationality: UK Image caption: Orca Pod Country taken: Norway Location: Tromso Camera make: NikonD750 Lens: Sigma 15mm 2.8 Fisheye ISO: 1600 Aperture: f4.5 Shutter: 1/160 Lighting used: Natural Light Housing: Ikelite

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Horacio Martinez/UPY 2017 Nationality: Argentina Image caption: Oceanic in the Sky Country taken: Egypt Location: The Brothers Camera make: NikonD810 Lens: Nikon 14-24 @24mm ISO: 400 Aperture: f14 Shutter: 1/200 Lighting used: S&S YSD1 Housing: Nauticam

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Ron Watkins/UPY 2017 Nationality: USA Image caption: One in a Million Country taken: USA Location: Alaska - Out of Valdez Camera make: NikonD800 Lens: Nikon 16-36 mm ISO: 400 Aperture: f10 Shutter: 1/250 Lighting used: Dual Sea & Sea YS-250 Strobes Housing: Sea & Sea So Yat Wai/UPY 2017 Nationality: Hong Kong Image caption: Prey? Country taken: Philippine Location: Anilao Camera make: Canon 5D MkIII Lens: 100 mm ISO: 400 Aperture: f20 Shutter: 200 Lighting used: Inon Z240 x 2 Housing: Sea & Sea

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Csaba Tรถkรถlyi/UPY 2017 Nationality: Hungary Image caption: The wreck of the Louilla at sunset Country taken: Egypt Location: Gordon Reef, Straits of Tiran Camera make: NikonNikon D7100 Lens: Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 @10mm ISO: 200 Aperture: f9 Shutter: 1/350 Lighting used: none Housing: Subal ND7100

Qing Lin/UPY 2017 Nationality: Canada Image caption: Your home and my home Country taken: Indonesia Location: Lembeh Camera make: Canon5D Mark lll Lens: EF 100mm Macro ISO: 320 Aperture: f25 Shutter: 1/200 Lighting used: INON Z240 Housing: Nauticam NA-5DMKIII

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Payments for ecosystem services The potential for an innovative means of supporting co-habitation between communities and wildlife By: Courtney McLaren, Environmental Economist at Namibia Nature Foundation

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Human-wildlife conflict: a growing problem

limited water sources. These animals

with high confidence that climate

inflict substantial and severe damage

change would substantially affect

Recent years have seen significant

at times. Livestock casualties, crop

African

escalation

between

damages and destruction of homes,

pressures on water availability across

humans and the wildlife -- particularly

fences and water points can devastate

the continent to be further exacerbated

elephants -- that they share the

individuals and communities.

due to climate change. The report

in

conflict

ecosystems, with

existing

increasing

This overlapping of territory and

also stated with medium to high

severity and duration of droughts

the resulting conflicts over resources

confidence that precipitation across

in Namibia has driven increasing

is likely only to worsen in the coming

south-western

overlap in territory of wildlife and

decades. In its fifth assessment report

Africa were likely to decrease in

humans for access to already scarce

published in 2014 the International

the coming decades. While various

resources and put further pressure on

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated

measures have been taken such as

landscape

with.

The

parts

of

Southern

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within the region. Since its inception in the 1990s, the Namibian CBNRM experience of communal conservancies has been hailed as a success. There are

82

registered

conservancies covering

currently

approximately

18% of the country’s landmass, much of which supports large populations of wildlife, either directly or indirectly (via ecological corridors for example). The Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations or NACSO has or,

than imposing it through the devolution

emphasized that living with wildlife

more recently, conservancy insurance

of resource management power from the

should be centred on an approach

schemes for lost livestock; however,

national to community level. In doing so,

to land use that supports sustainable

limited funds and monitoring capacity

community members have the authority

positive outcomes for both humans and

make the long term viability and

to make decisions and to capture benefits

wildlife. While the delineation of power

success of these initiatives a challenge.

from the natural resources on the lands

promoted by the communal conservancy

they occupy.

model facilitates benefit capture from

water

infrastructure

protection

Thus for many in the communities

The concept of CBNRM originated

wildlife within the communities, it

many

in southern Africa during the 3rd and

does so indirectly. Communities may

represents

4th World Congresses on National

receive greater economic opportunities

Parks

with

regarding tourism revenue potential,

simultaneously, wildlife crime has been

Zimbabwe and Namibia being central

levies paid by lodges for example, if

increasing. In 2015 alone, 110 rhinos

in the development of the concept

they maintain wildlife numbers, but

with a presence of human-wildlife conflict,

wildlife

communities’ a

within

territories

significant

liability.

While

and 49 elephants were poached in Namibia, presenting the country with a complicated mix of external and internal pressures regarding wildlife conservation.

Thus,

the

challenge

emerges in how to implement a strategy that shifts wildlife into an asset for communities and thus supports co-habitation

and

going

further,

incentivizes protection against wildlife crime. To address this conflict a balance must be struck between the needs of the communities and the national conservation goals.

CBNRM Born as an alternative to traditional, top down, command and control approaches to conservation, community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) has looked to incentivize conservation, rather

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in

1982

and

1992,


these benefits will be indirect, that is the result of cumulative actions taken by the community and would accrue overtime. Thus at present, the link between wildlife and benefits to the conservancy

remains

indirect

and

insufficient to address the growing challenging of human-wildlife conflict.

Value Classification of Eco-System Services Use Value

Non-Use Value

Direct Use

Indirect Use

Option

Existence

Bequest

Fish, agriculture, fuel, wood, recreation, transport, wildlife, harvesting

Nutrient cycling, flood control, storm protection, groundwater recharge, climate stabilization

Potential for future use (direct or indirect)

Benefit from knowing something (like wildlife or natural wonders)

Biodiversity, heritage

The Challenge of a Market Failure

sufficiently by those who bear the costs

or quasi-public goods tend to result in

Namibia’s

of co-habitation.

situations whereby those who benefit

tourism

industry

now

accounts for approximately 14% of the

Wildlife, in terms of photographic

from this quasi-public good do not

GDP. The industry’s continual growth in

tourism, represents a type of quasi-public

typically pay amount on par with the

recent years is attributed in large part to

good -- that is the benefits captured by

value they receive as their benefits do

both the country’s unique scenery and

one tourist do not lessen those captured

not, at least to a certain point, infringe

its spectacular endowment of wildlife --

by another -- up until a certain point

on those enjoyed by others and thus

including desert adapted elephant and

of congestion (i.e. too many tourists

the good is underprovided in society,

large cheetah and rhino populations

would lower the benefits each individual

making it a market failure. Within

-- that has attracted both photographic

experiences). In a functioning market

economics these values are classified

and hunting tourism. While lodges may

the provision of a service or good would

into several categories.

provide payment to communities with

represent the intersection of the demand

the idea that these communities help

for a service, given that consumers wish

Payments for eco-system services

to maintain the wildlife populations,

to pay as little as possible, and the

Payments for eco-system services (PES)

much of the value these animals bring

supply, as suppliers wish to capture the

looks to offer a direct link between

may not be captured, particularly not

highest possible price. However, public

action and benefit to potentially yield the dual goal of supporting sustained and robust biodiversity, as well as socio-economic

development

in

communities. A functional ecosystem provides many crucial benefits or services to humans, both at an indirect and direct level. The codification of this concept was the result of the Millennium

Assessment

Reports

conducted in the early 2000s and has since been generally classified into three or four categories: • Provisioning: crops, fresh water, wood or fuel • Cultural: recreation, spiritual, educational, aesthetic • Regulating: climate regulation, flood regulation, disease regulation or water purification • Supporting: soil development, nutrient formation

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eco-system services

A PES, in theory, effectively creates a market for a given eco-system service

4. There is one or more suppliers of the eco-system services

that otherwise would have been provided without compensation in

5. The exchange is conditional on

line with the value derived from it. It

the service being provided

establishes a means by which those

(or maintained)

who benefit from an eco-system service (buyers) compensate those

In practice this criteria is met in

who provide or are the custodians

varying degrees, with reviews of PES

of that service (suppliers). Without

type schemes finding that very few

this compensation alternative uses

if any fit this strict criteria. The last

of resources are likely to be more

criteria is the most difficult to meet,

viable to those who could provide

as logistics and costs often impede the

an ecosystem service. For example,

level of monitoring required to ensure

a farmer may find it more profitable

conditionality is met and payments

to full fence off his land despite

are only made upon service provision,

the area serving as an important

with payments instead often being

ecological corridor for species valued

made on the premise of good faith in

highly by tourists because the farmer

periodic instalments. These

obtains no value from the tourism in

mechanisms

most

areas adjacent to him or her. Thus

often

PES looks to align the incentives

and individuals for their provision

of providers and those who benefit

of

(levies

farmers were offered compensation

from the given ecosystem service so

paid by urban water users to rural

to conduct agroforestry and utilize

that the service is not underprovided

communities for the water provision

tree fences as a means of restoring

and those who do provide it capture

services they provide (ex. Quito,

forest cover in the country), with most

its value.

Ecuador), or

sequestration

schemes focusing on water provision

While a definitive definition has not

(REDD+ schemes in South America),

and most occurring in South America,

been universally utilized, there are five

landscape beauty (tourist operators

particularly in Costa Rica.

criteria that, in theory, a PES would fulfil.

offering payment to local communities

1. PES are voluntary exchanges

to not hunt in certain areas: Zimbabwe

promise, particularly

2. The eco-system service being

does this for communities situated on

conservancies. At present there is an

exchanged is well-defined

lands adjacent to the national park), or

understandable rift between urban

biodiversity protection (in Costa Rica

and international perceived valuation

3. There is one or more buyers of the

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compensated

have

watershed

communities

protection

carbon

For

Namibia, PES

holds in

much

terms

of


of Namibia’s wildlife and value that

challenges of monitoring. Furthermore,

The Namibia Nature Foundation

those in communities who co-habitat

these conservancies, those who de-facto

(NNF), founded in 1987, is one

with the wildlife capture. For the

“provide� the wildlife or have the means

of the largest non-governmental

former these species have high values,

to facilitate its preservation, also already

organisations

(NGO)

both direct use (wildlife tourism,

have governance structures in place

conservation

and

hunting consumption), as well as

that would facilitate the establishment

development

non-use (existence, bequest for future

of such a market and the collection and

primary aims of the NNF are to

generations, etc.), with tourists often

distribution of funds. Based on what

promote sustainable development,

having a high willingness to pay for

the conservancy members agree upon,

the

these

buyers).

some funds could be directly allocated

diversity and natural ecosystems, and

This could take the form of voluntary

to lessen human-wildlife conflict via

the wise and ethical use of natural

contributions per sighting of a rare or

infrastructure protection measures that

resources for the benefit of all

iconic species or of infants, etc. which

will benefit the community as a whole,

Namibians, both present and future.

in turn help to support conditionality, as

while the remainder may be distributed

www.nnf.org.na

without sufficient wildlife populations

across individuals.

values

(establishes

such sightings would not be possible

Looking at PES within conservancies,

and thus payments not made: this

not only aims to alter incentives and

establishes the direct link between

shift wildlife from a liability to an asset,

wildlife maintenance and benefit, while

it also supports the development of

the conservancy governance structure

socio-economic development within the

would already support record keeping

conservancy and facilitate conscientious

and accountability frameworks: thus

and community based tourism, thus

could extend these to the PES project

presenting the potential for a very

and

powerful win-win.

therein

lessen

the

logistical

in

conservation

targeting sustainable

Namibia.

of

The

biological

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Sharing Namibia’s stories: Powered by Gondwana

Finger of God

The imposing ‘Finger of God’ remains a landmark in the memory of most Namibians, even though it tumbled to the ground more than twenty years ago . . . By Ron Swilling

Photo: Walter Rusch

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The 450-ton, 12-metre-high sandstone rock feature was difficult to ignore. It rose above the arid landscape of Asab in southern Namibia, balanced precariously on a narrow shale pedestal only 1.5 metres wide, looking as if it was defying gravity. Until it collapsed in 1988, the Finger of God was a popular tourist attraction.

I

Photo: Mark van Aardt

t didn’t escape the notice of two

They set off early one summer’s day

young climbers, who threw caution

to begin their ascent. The rest of the

to the wind in 1973 to stand on the

world disappeared as they turned their

‘fingertip of God’.

focus on the rock and the climb ahead

While studying in South Africa, the

of them, conscious of the fragility of the

two Namibians from Windhoek joined

ancient rock structure. They honed-in

the University of Cape Town’s Moun-

on the smell and feel of the rock, the

tain Club. They had been introduced

cracks and the foot- and hand-holds,

to mountain climbing as boy scouts.

concentrating on every decision, which

Rodney Lichtman was only 19 years

needed to be precise. Their lives de-

old at the time and Patrick Evans 17,

pended on it; there was no place for er-

yet they were bursting with energy

ror. Each took their turn as lead climber

and zeal for life, and hungry for ad-

on the rock face. When one of them

venture. Rodney describes the senti-

tired, they switched positions, letting

ment of the time: “In those days com-

the other tie in and take over the lead.

petition in climbing involved opening

By late afternoon they had made it to

new routes up a mountain or climbing

the top to take deep gulps of air and

the unclimbed. The Finger of God was

appreciate a view of the gods.

like an enticing finger beckoning to

Tired, hot and weary, they climbed

us.” The pair had no desire for glory

down carefully, stowed their ropes and

or accolades. This was just between

made their way to the Asab Hotel to

themselves and the rock.

celebrate and quench their thirst.

Patrick Evans and Rodney Lichtman climbing Mukorob in 1973.

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They told their tale to an incredulous

depict a small figure with arms out-

Although it was declared a national

barman. They also decided to recount

stretched on the top of the pinnacle,

monument in 1955, Mukorob’s history

the story of their dramatic feat to Hu-

surrounded by an expanse of blue sky

began many years earlier at the end of

isgenoot magazine, who bought the

and a few puffy white clouds.

the Gondwana ice age, 280 million years

story – and their mind-boggling photo-

The Finger of God is also known as

ago. As the glaciers began to melt, they

graphs – paying the students enough to

Mukorob, derived from its Nama name

formed lakes and swamps in which gla-

cover the cost of their holiday. On their

‘Mûgorob’ meaning ‘someone saw’.

cial debris and clay-sand sedimentation

way back to Cape Town, they made a

Whether its unusual name stemmed

collected. These deposits solidified over

stop in Asab to drop off a copy of the

from the Nama legend inspired by the

thousands of years when the lakes dried

printed article for the barman.

rock pinnacle is anyone’s guess. The

up forming the grey shale below and

The photographs show the two seri-

legend, of which there are several vari-

the more weather-resistant sandstone

ous-faced young men wearing helmets

ations, tells the story of how the Nama,

of the Weissrand Escarpment above.

and carrying coils of climbing rope, and

who live in the arid southern reaches

With the breaking up of Gondwana

of Namibia, were visited by a large

120 million years ago into the south-

group of Herero from further north. The

ern hemisphere continents as we know

Herero, always at loggerheads with the

them today, the continental edges were

Nama, boasted how rich they were with

raised and slightly tilted to the east. The

their herds of fat cattle. “And what do

erosive power of the Fish River inten-

you have?” they mocked. “Nothing but

sified in subsequent humid conditions,

rocks!” The Nama quickly replied that

cutting a steep riverbank. This was fol-

they indeed had a very special rock

lowed by widespread erosion causing

and that they would be the lords of the

the edge of the Weissrand to move fur-

country as long as it stood. Annoyed, the

ther east over a period of millions of

Herero tied thongs together, wound the

years. Impressive rock islands like Mu-

long rope around the rock and hitched

korob remained, towering into the sky

it to their cattle, trying to topple it.

as the escarpment eroded around them.

But, as hard as they tried, they

An awe-inspiring balancing act, the

we r e

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unable

to

budge

the

rock pinnacle towered over the land

rock. “Mû kho ro!” the Nama

over the aeons, gradually weathered by

shouted – “There you see!”

the wind and rain at the slow pace of


All that remains of Mukorob today.

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eternity. Eventually, in December 1988, the last stones of the pedestal gave way and it tumbled down to the ground. There were no witnesses, only the vast landscape and deep blue sky. Since then, several stories surfaced, including one that the supremacy of the white man would end when this geological structure fell, and one from the extreme right that God was showing his disapproval. The legends were, in all probability, embroidered as the country neared its independence in 1990. Geologists have determined that rather than giving any apocalyptic signs, Mukorob merely collapsed under its own weight after millions of years of erosion, a shudder from the Earth and a final rainstorm. This story is brought to you by the Gondwana Collection Namibia – ‘Have a story to tell’ The rock feature has been replaced on the tourist route by another more robust ‘Finger Rock’ – Vingerklip, between Khorixas and Outjo, formed by thick layers of calcrete rock rather than sandstone. And, although it needs another few million years to gain the presence and power of the precariously-balanced Mukorob, visitors are able to walk up to its base where they can safely gaze at the formidable surroundings and ponder on its ancient origins. Somewhere in the minds of many, however, the image of the former ‘Finger of God’ rock pinnacle remains a symbol of the long-enduring power of the Earth and a geological icon of Namibia.

Visitors can walk up to the base of Vingerklip for a grand view of the Ugab Terraces and the surrounding landscape.

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Namibia on canvas Namibian artist Anja Benseler is making a name for herself, and it’s no surprise why Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied

A

was

born

in

formal training in art, the first few

footprint is barely visible. Without being

South

Africa

to

paintings were a steep learning curve

bombarded with external stimuli, one is

Namibian parents. Her father worked

but it was as if something had been

forced to really look (not only to see) for

in the airline business, so the family

unlocked, and painting came more

the definitive visual aspects of a place.

lived around the world for many

and more naturally to me. Friends

“Spend enough time in this vast

years...from Portugal to Spain to

would say ‘I didn’t know you could

nothingness, where the only sound

Germany. When she finished school in

paint?!’ and I would have to say

is of the wind and sand, and one is

Germany, she returned to South Africa

‘Neither did I…’.”

gently nudged towards introspection.

nja

Benseler Durban,

to study Political Science. Anja says,

During all this time, painting retained

“Excited about being able to do some

hobby-status next to her day-job. But

and

good with my Masters Degree in Land

when she sold her first works in 2010,

landscape; its sparseness is its strength

Reform, I entered the job market as

she was shortly thereafter commissioned

and it forces one to really look at one’s

a researcher and consultant working

by a prominent investment company in

surroundings (mostly because there is

on socio-economic projects for the

Pretoria for six paintings. That was the

so little to look at).

South African government. However,

turning point.

This is what is so hauntingly beautiful intriguing

of

the

Namibian

“So, in a landscape where, after

over the years I increasingly felt a

“My family relocated to Namibia in

need to experience more tangible

2014. It had been my second home

unexpectedly finds a cluster of boulders,

work satisfaction and as a result,

since my parents returned here after

a kokerboom or a welwitschia, a lonely

I (re)turned to my hobby, art,

our stint in Europe, and they have

wandering springbok or a ruin, these

to channel my energy in a

retired here since. Then my husband

are magnified in their significance by

creative manner.”

gave me the biggest gift of all: Time. A

their isolation in the immense vastness

previously

year off to explore painting as a future.

of their surroundings. It is these

dabbled in pastels and ink

Thus, in a daring but no less daunting

elements which form the centrepieces

sketches and had sold a

step, I quit my job to paint full-time.”

of my paintings, and which I hope to

Anja

had

Q

kilometres

of

nothingness,

one

capture as the essence and emotion of

couple of works when she

the Namibian scenery.”

journey to becoming an

Flamingo asked Anja what inspired her, and how she would describe her art

artist began in 2008 when

“I have a special affinity towards the

she purchased her first

desert. When one is in the desert one

What medium do you work with, and is there a reason for that?

ever canvas and set of

is surrounded by so little distraction:

“Although I started off in acrylics, I

the sparse landscape, the lack of media

quickly felt limited by this medium

and connectivity, even the mere human

and in 2013, switched to oils, falling

was a student. But her real

acrylics... and painting:

started

“With

no

Q

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on camping trips into the desert and bush. Driving off the beaten track, often only navigating by map or GPS with no particular destination in mind - the family and our dog is dragged along on these excursions. Sometimes we come across a magical out-of-the-way spot out of which I can devise several paintings, other times we come home disappointingly empty-handed.”

Q

Do you have any artists worldwide whose work you admire? “I

consciously

compare

do

myself

not

want

with

to

other

landscape painters. I leave that to my husband!

I feel that I need to

define and evolve my own unique style and may be a bit afraid that following the work of other landscape painters will distract from my journey. However, I am flattered when my work is compared with that of Keith Alexander, but I do not follow the surrealism that defines utterly in love with its lustre, depth of

perfection of my craft, using fine

colour and malleability.

Belgian

linen

canvasses,

much of his landscape work.”

Q

quality

realistic

paints and continuously working

landscape images that draw the

to refine my technique. In a way I

Who is buying your art, and where can they find it?

viewer into the dramatic desert

feel drawn to an old school artistic

“Since I have only been painting full-

scenery. A lot of time is spent

tradition of quality, craftmanship,

time since 2015, I still qualify as an

composing the paintings with the aim

uniqueness and timelessness.

emerging artist. However, my work is

“I

strive

to

achieve

of achieving the best visual impact.

“Given the scale of the canvasses

enjoying a rising popularity on the local

For this reason I am drawn to fairly

and the level of detail, I usually

and international scene, and paintings

large canvasses, to better portray

spend 3-6 weeks working on a single

have found their way into homes in

the big-sky vastness of the desert.

painting from my home studio in

North America, Europe and of course

I am very driven to the technical

Windhoek. Inspiration is gathered

Southern Africa.

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“Because

the

Namibian

landscape

is so graphic, the current Namibian Art scene enjoys a wealth of brilliant photographers doing fantastic work in capturing the spirit of our scenery. However, I sense there is a real gap in the fine art market - especially in landscape art. I strive to fill some of that space with my work and put Namibian landscape art back on the map.”

Q

Anybody famous bought your art...yet? “I suppose it does mean something if

an

investment

company

that

maintains an Art Value Index invests in one’s works… “However, I get greatest satisfaction when people are emotionally touched by my work - that is the biggest reward of all.”

Contact: Email: anja.benseler@gmail.com Web: www.anjabenseler.com

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The Ultimate Riding Machine

Sheer Driving Pleasure

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The BMW i3: Whisper quiet, lightning quick, Brilliant in every way. BMW recently announced that BMW i will offer a new model range of its compact electric car, the BMW i3 and from the 2017 model year will be offering a new version with more than 50% increased battery capacity.

T

he 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) thanks to the higher energy density of the lithium ion cells. The BMW i team worked to ensure that the battery dimensions remain

unchanged while still offering a significant range increase. The 2017 model year will be offering a new version with more than 50% increased battery capacity. The BMW i team worked to ensure that the

battery dimensions remain unchanged while still offering a significant range increase. The electric motor propels the BMW i3 from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 7 seconds. This makes the BMW i3 both the sportiest and most efficient

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electric vehicle in its segment. In addition to the Battery Electric BMW i3, the Range Extender model will also feature the 94 Ah battery. When equipped with the Range Extender, if the driver requires additional range, the 2-cylinder gasoline engine is switched on once the battery is depleted to 6.5% state of charge and

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keeps the charge level of the battery constant while driving and provides an additional range thanks to a 25% larger fuel tank. With the


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Range Extender for even greater range. The range of the BMW i3 is extended by a 650 cc 2-cylinder gasoline engine. The Range Extender engine delivers a maximum output of 38 hp and powers a generator in order to produce electricity, working on a requiredbased and highly efficient principle. For those occasional times where

additional range is required, as soon as the charging level of the lithium ion batteries drops to a specified level, the Range Extender kicks in to keep the charging level constant effectively extending the range. The new BMW Home Charger Connect, with a more compact, sleeker design, charges the battery of the BMW i3 (94 Ah) in approximately four hours and 30 minutes. The charging process starts automatically as soon as the car and charging cable are connected. The BMW Home Charger Connect is operated using an LED interface. The BMW Home Charger Connect comes standard with WiFi

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he large SUV is teeming with innovative solutions in all aspects of its technology – from its lightweight design, drive system and chassis to its infotainment and assistance systems. Its spacious interior is highly configurable and offers luxury-class levels of comfort.

Design and body The new Audi Q7 has a confident road stance. The sculpted Singleframe grill dominates the front with the daytime running lights forming a distinctive double-arrow pattern in the headlight unit. The trunk lid with standard LED tail lights wraps around the solid, upright D pillars. Inlays with the quattro logo in the door trim strips structure the lower part of the vehicle sides. The add-on parts embody a new concept of colours and materials.

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The new Audi Q7 has shed as much as 325 kilograms compared with the previous model, depending on the engine. Thanks to Audi’s strict adherence to the principle of lightweight design, the curb weight of the base version is kept under two metric tons (without driver). 71 kilograms was saved in the body alone, which incorporates many aluminum parts in keeping with its innovative multi-material construction principle.

Drive system The 3.0 TDI with 200 kW accelerates the five-seater Q7 from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds (6.5 seconds

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The Amarok V6, 3 litre, the Phoenix has landed Since it was first introduced back in 2011, the Volkswagen Amarok has enjoyed a wide gamut of reputations. Often spurned for the transfer-case-free automatic gearbox and low capacity two-litre engine, it has also picked up quite a few very impressive awards along the way as capable and competent 4WD working vehicle.

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olkswagen’s introduction to this growing segment was always going to be a rocky road. This part of new car sales is the most lucrative and growing, but the flip-side is that it’s also the most competitive. The Volkswagen Amarok V6 tops out this segment for power and torque. Volkswagen executives will tell you, although a bit strained, sometimes, that on paper the 2 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine matches and indeed outpaces many larger competitors. Now, Volkswagen has a potent (a VERY potent) antidote to the two-litre blues: and it comes in at 90 degrees. It’s a V6 turbodiesel engine, originally used in products such as Audi and Porsche SUVs, as well as many other fire breathing thoroughbreds. The four-cylinder engine is a fine motor, no doubt. It’s got power you wouldn’t think an engine of that size would have, and it’s also quite efficient and well-behaved at the same time.

Engine Well, “It’s all about the engine,” you say? Volkswagen’s marketing manager Nick

Reid said. “It’s the engine that the car always deserved”. And he’s not wrong. While the 2 litre motor will still form the majority of the Amarok range, and do a sterling job to boot, the massive impact that a gutsy V6 monster can have on one’s life enjoyment in general is indelible. The Volkswagen Amarok V6 engine kicks out 165kW and 550Nm. The Volkswagen 3 litre V6 tdi, has been adapted quite heavily for use in a real 4WD. For the Amarok, the sump was redesigned quite a lot: aluminium was cast aside for a bigger and stronger mild steel for the sump case itself, for strength and better oil performance (lubrications and cooling). This three-litre diesel V6 is all about power, and it does lead the segment by a wide margin: 165 kW of power, available between 2,500 and 4,500rpm. And there is oodles of torque, as well: 550Nm, from a lowly 1,500rpm, all the way to 2,500rpm. To drive the V6 Amarok is, in many ways, a very pleasant experience. This V6 is smoother than silk. And it’s quiet, too. The interior is up to the standard of any high-end sedan. It’s deathly, eerlily quiet, sometimes.

Gearbox The gearbox does a spectacular job whilst pretending that it doesn’t exist. Unless you’re under heavy throttle settings, gear changes are almost unnoticeable. And when they are, they are seductively smooth and sharp. The V6 Amarok comes with a 8-speed automatic, with a six-speed manual option coming soon.

Interior The interior of the V6 Amarok has been updated too. A sharp, easy to use and intuitive infotainment system sits frontand-centre, giving one plenty of control from the divers and passenger seats. This interior is all about quiet, luxurious comfortable efficiency. The V6 Amarok is undoubtedly a driver’s car. The cabin is impressively quiet, adding to the overall car-like experience of driving this Amarok. Hard acceleration on this V6 Amarok is a lesson in sheer efficiency: the revs rise quickly, and gears are dispensed of without fuss. She will leap out of the blocks to 100km/h in just 7.9 seconds. Braking is equally effective: it does it all very quickly, without a whisper of anguish. Do visit Autohaus Windhoek soon. This we can guarantee: It will be time very well spent!

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The 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel engine produces a class leading output of 165KW and a maximum torque of 550Nm. To add to this, an over-boost function takes this power output up to 180KW, available for 10 seconds, to assist in those situations where a burst is required, such as as overtaking with a trailer in tow. The new Amarok 3.0 litre V6 range-topper achieves a top speed of 193 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 in 7.9 seconds. The Amarok will be the only pick-up into the Permanent 4MOTION® local B pick-up segment that is equipped with a V6 diesel engine.

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The human-nature connection

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Artist Bronwyn Berman was born and raised on the North Western fringe of Sydney in an area of bushland rich in biodiversity and wildlife. She’s inspired by nature and passionate about how art and creative practice operates in establishing and re-establishing human connection with nature. She chatted to Flamingo about her life, work and inspiration Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Bronwyn Berman

M

y grandmother was an artist, having trained as

a musician and painter.

She and

flowers from the garden. Life for him was art, and

my grandfather were both excellent

that is what I also believe. Bronwyn

while, my great desire was to go

musicians - they joined the Salvation

describes herself as “most definitely a

to art school but my mother was not

Army just so they could play in the

creative child, and never had any other

supportive of a career in the arts, so I

band! My father inherited the creative

aim in life but to work in a creative

was conflicted about what I should do.

gene but my grandmother, knowing the

field.” She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts

I fell into running a business importing

difficulties of life as an artist, steered

with honours from the University of

and wholesaling jewellery for a while,

him into becoming an accountant - he

New South Wales College of Fine Arts

and also worked with my husband in his

eventually became a shoemaker with a

and is currently undertaking a Ph.D

publishing business which specialised in

factory in Sydney. My father was a huge

in Philosophy and Creative Arts at

publishing airline magazines! It wasn’t

influence on me, expressing creativity in

Western Sydney University.

until after I had had my first child in

every area of his life. Not only in his

She described the events which

my late twenties that I realised that if I

designs, but he was a wonderful pianist,

catapulted her into the realm of art:

didn’t pay attention to my inner artist I

a keen gardener, he loved to perform

“I became really committed in my

would become ill – I did in fact become

in amateur musicals, and our house

late

After

ill. After that, despite the difficulties of

was always full of arrangements of

leaving school I floated for a long

studying with a young family, I went to

twenties/early

thirties.

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university. I don’t know now where the

I won the graduate drawing prize in my

realm, an Australian artist Bronwyn

energy came from, but I am so happy I

final year of art school.”

Oliver pointed me in the direction of

So many artists are mentored or

copper wire and natural forms as the

Bronwyn tried painting, but during

inspired by others, but Bronwyn says,

inspiration for making. In the realm

her honours year, drifted into sculpture:

“I would have loved to say I had a

of superstar artists I love the work of

“I realised I was more comfortable

great mentor, however life did not send

David Nash, the fantastic Icelandic artist

making things rather than depicting

that circumstance. I continue to be

Olifur Elliason, Anish Kapoor, Richard

things, and the clean up after oil painting

influenced by the environmental and

Long,

was always such a chore! I love drawing -

land art movement. The work of Andy

environmental artists, the versatility

I think a lot of sculptors are proficient at

Goldsworthy (of course) and Chris

of Loiuse Bourjois is inspiring, as is

drawing and it was definitely a strength.

Drury gave me an entry point into the

the landscape and sculptural work of

had the courage to go for it.”

Goldsworthy

and

the

early

Isumu Noguchi. I love the clean lines and spiritual philosophy of the Japanese aesthetic and am heavily influenced by the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. I am also interested in the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner and the anthrosophical movement of incorporating art into everyday life, the artist Joseph Beuys and the ideas around social sculpture.” After Art School, Bronwyn relocated to live in the country where they built a house and lived in the wilderness. “I didn’t have a studio at the time, so the landscape became my studio. In the building process, I had access to heavy machinery, the site had a lot of stone, so I began making sculptural works from the local stone. The elements were a huge presence and inspired me to talk about the archetypes of the earth’s systems.”

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a remediation process that has taken

did continue developing my practice,

Flamingo asked a few questions about life now and going forward. Tell us about your life now...where/ how you live, and how much time do you devote to your art?

raising my children and building a

“After I left my house I worked for

since then have been able to devote

house/home was a priority immediately

a time as consulting artist with an

100% of my time to my art practice.”

after graduation. It wasn’t until we lost

Aboriginal Cultural Centre attached

our house in the Global Financial Crisis

to the Penrith Lakes Quarry on the

in 2008 that I fully realised I needed to

outskirts of Sydney.

make my art my life in its entirety. My

I was invited to live as long term

“A bit of both. I am always on the

children were grown by then so I was

resident artist on the quarry. The

lookout for public art commissions,

able to commit myself to the sporadic

quarry has provided the materials to

these are the bread and butter of

income of art production, and I have

build more than 75% of Sydney over

my existence. I also have a studio

been able to grow my practice and make

the past 50 years, and in the eight

and exhibition practice, and exhibit

a living full time as an artist since then.”

years I have lived here has undergone

in

“The underlying theme of my life was always that I wanted to live a creative existence. As they say ‘life gets in the way’ and although I had my degree and

Through this

it from being a working quarry to a post extraction landscape of lakes and parklands. I only worked with the cultural centre for one year and

Is it largely commissioned or do you ‘do your own thing’?

sculpture

survey

shows

such

as Sculpture by the Sea which is a hugely popular item on the cultural calendar of Sydney. Sculpture by the Sea shows the work of more than 100 artists who are selected by a peer jury to show their work over two weeks every November, along a beautiful coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamaramma beach close to Sydney. There are other similar juried exhibitions that I place work in during the year as well, and I have a gallery exhibition around every four years.”

Anything exciting in the pipeline? “I’ve been awarded a scholarship to complete a Ph.D researching the connection between art and the human spiritual connection to the earth, and how this in turn supports sustainability

in

the

context

of

new urban developments. I will be producing a thesis as well as a body of art work over the next three years. Everything else is on hold!”

Contact: e: bronwyn.berman@gmail.com w: bronwynberman.com.au

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Do business travel like a boss 10 Tips From The Pros Flying in the sharp end, staying at swanky hotels and seeing new destinations – there are perks to jetting off for business. But it’s not all fun and adventure: just ask any red-eyed, jet-lagged executive who is expected to step into a different time zone and straight into the boardroom. Or the entrepreneur who lands in a country to seal a deal hours before there’s a military coup. Fortunately, we have a few insider tricks to smooth your journey and help you keep up with today’s “always-on” world of business while on the road. By: Melany Bendix 74 |


1. Don’t go in blind: Always know

your documents and, if needed, print

you’re doing the next day isn’t

what’s going on in the country

at your destination? “Remember to

smart. It’ll add to your anxiety

you’re travelling to and check with

also keep copies of everything on a

and, no matter how hard you

your travel consultant if there are

spare USB drive,” suggests Szejwallo.

work, you’ll still feel unprepared.”

political

5. Seize the shortcuts: Online check-

8. Be a quick-change artist: “Often

tension and threats of extremism,”

in saves you time at the airport,

business travel means starting

urges Rachael Penaluna, business

as does using an airline’s app on

your conference, meeting or event

manager at Sure Maritime Travel,

your phone. Frost says the On

within a few hours of arriving –

who

a

Business survey found plenty of

or straight off the plane in some

company’s obligation to manage

other ways to ease your journey

instances – so you need to be

the risk of employees travelling

through the airport. “For example,

quite

for work – is an absolute must in

if you’re flying to a trade show

I always make sure that I have

the current global environment.

and know your baggage is going

clothing ready and pressed for

to be overweight, you’ll save

starting straight out of the gate,”

2. Plan realistically: After an 11-hour

yourself time and money if you

says Szejwallo. “And I always have

flight you’ll be good for a few

pay for the excess luggage online

a change of clothing in my hand

early morning meetings, but will

before you get to the airport.”

luggage in case my suitcase doesn’t

any current travel advisories. “Be especially

says

attentive

Duty

of

to

Care

quick-change

artist.

arrive at the same time as I do.”

probably fade towards the evening. So if you can, schedule your big

the

6. Take up the power: How do

pitch presentation earlier in the day.

you

business

9. Check-in daily and have a plan:

This was one of the key tips drawn

travellers in an airline lounge?

Penaluna advises all her clients

from a survey of British Airways’ On

They’re the ones charging up

to have a daily check-in protocol

Business’ members on how to be more

their phones and devices. “British

with a person at home or at the

productive while travelling. “And if

Airways discovered that customer

office. “Maintain this consistently

you’re travelling across time zones,

satisfaction

and have a response plan in case

schedule some time to rest and catch

we

up on your sleep,” adds Edward Frost,

charging points in our Heathrow

British Airways commercial manager

lounges,” notes Frost. Szejwallo

10. Take advantage of the perks:

for South and East Africa. “You’re not

adds that it’s also a good idea

Joining loyalty programmes will

doing anyone any favours by bungling

to keep a power bank handy

ensure that you and your company

things because you’re exhausted.”

to

laptop, tablet

not only get something back on

or cellphone: “A spare adaptor

the travel spend, it’ll make your

for your laptop is also a must.”

journey more comfortable. “As

3. Pack smart: Taking too many clothes

spot

seasoned

scores

increased

charge

rose

the

your

when

number

of

you miss the check-in,” she says.

the rewards accumulate, benefits

is a rookie error. “Rather pack intelligently:

also extend to lounge access and

colour scheme – preferably in a

“Aircraft are still the one place in

other perks which will make

non-crease fabric. Plus one warm

the world where you can get a bit

your trip more comfortable and

jacket or coat if you’re travelling to

of quiet time… The time to yourself

productive,” explains Frost.

a colder climate,” advises Trafalgar

can also be a good opportunity to

Tours managing director Theresa

think strategically or creatively

This article was first published in Sure

Szejwallo, who travels for work

about

Travel Journey / www.suretravel.co.za

more in one year than most do in 10.

advises Frost. “On the other hand,”

mix-and-match items in a similar

7. Use

downtime

an

issue

or

problem,”

he warns, “our survey found that 4. Say no to paper: Why lug paper

using the time in the air to try

around when you can scan or email

and bang out the presentation

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Country Hotels Country Hotels SA boasts a portfolio of 10 hotels throughout South Africa, focusing on the Northern Cape, which is fast becoming an economic hub and has the most tourism and adventure options in the Country. It is also the largest and most sparsely populated province of South Africa. The economy of this fledgling province relies heavily on tourism and is gateway to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies National Park, the flowers of Namaqualand, the Richtersveld and Namibia. Tourism, combined with solar energy plants, iron ore mines, and surrounded by untouched wonders of nature and the beautiful weather make for good reasons to visit the Northern Cape.

Kathu Inn Kathu, Northern-cape, w: www.kathuinn.co.za, t: 061 664 321 Built in 2014, this new 78 room hotel is perfectly situated between Upington and Vryburg in the newly developed Latakoo estate. Each room is air conditioned, en suite, with tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a small work table and chair, flat screen TV and a variety of selected DSTV channels to choose from. High quality linen including towels are provided. The units are full self-catering with all necessary kitchen equipment provided. 24-hour reception, safe and secure parking, braai facilities, free wifi, a restaurant, swimming pool and conference facilities for 25 delegates are on site.

Springbok Inn and Namatat Lodge Springbok, Northern Cape, w: www.springbokinn.co.za, www.namatatlodge.co.za, t: 027 718 1832 The Inn was built in 2016, and perfectly situated along the Flower Route, making this an ideal stop along the way to Namibia. The hotel has 100 rooms that are en suite and air-conditioned with a small work table and chair, flat screen TV and a variety of selected DSTV channels to choose from. High quality linen including towels are provided. A restaurant, bar, swimming pool and conference facilities for over 150 delegates is available. Alongside the Inn, you will find Namastat Lodge, which offers chalet, caravan sites and camping accommodation. The chalets are full self-catering with all necessary kitchen equipment provided including high quality linen and towels. Caravan and camping sites is grassed, has an electrical point and tap. There is communal ablution, kitchen and washing facilities and braais to make your experience comfortable and complete.

Kuruman Inn Kuruman, Northern Cape, w: www.kurumaninn.co.za, t: 053 712 1666 This 25-room hotel is ideally situated on the N14 and has a restaurant, swimming pool and bar on the premises. Each room is air conditioned, en suite, with tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a small work table and chair, flat screen TV and a variety of selected DSTV channels to choose from. High quality linen including towels are provided. Conference facilities available for 25 delegates is available.

Calvinia Hotel and Tankwa Lodge Calvinia, Northern Cape, w: www.calviniahotel.co.za, www.tankwalodge.co.za, t: 027 341 1512 Each hotel has 25 rooms that are air conditioned, en suite, with tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a small work table and chair, flat screen TV and a variety of selected DSTV channels to choose from. High quality linen including towels are provided. A restaurant, swimming pool, bar and conference facilities for 100 delegates is located at the Calvinia Hotel.

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Pofadder Inn Pofadder Northern-cape, w: www.pofadderinn.co.za, t: 054 933 0003 This soon to open hotel is found on the will boast 25 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool and conference facilities for 50 delegates. Each room will be air conditioned, en suite, with tea and coffee making facilities including a small work table and chair, flat screen TV and a variety of selected DSTV channels to choose from. High quality linen including towels are provided. The units are full self-catering with all necessary kitchen equipment provided. 24-hour reception, braai facilities, free wifi, a restaurant, swimming pool and conference facilities for 25 delegates is on site.

Orange River Rafting Lodge Vioolsdrift, Northern Cape, w: www.orangeriverraftinglodge.co.za, t: 027 761 8777 Offering chalet and camping accommodation with green lawn and surrounded by trees. Each campsite is grassed, has a electrical point, tap and braai area. There is communal ablution, kitchen and washing facilities. There is a restaurant, swimming pool on site and the bar overlooks the river with a beach leading you to the water’s edge. The chalets are full self-catering with all necessary kitchen equipment provided including High quality linen and towels. River rafting day and overnight tours are available as well as conference facilities for 25 delegates.

Clanwilliam Hotel Clanwilliam, Western Cape, w: www.clanwilliamhotel.co.za, t: 027 482 2888 The hotel has 42 rooms with a restaurant, swimming pool, bar and conference facilities for 50 delegates on site, this hotel is idea for weddings and functions. Each room is air conditioned, en suite, with tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a small work table and chair, flat screen TV and a variety of selected DSTV channels to choose from. High quality linen including towels are provided.

Plett Lagoon Villa Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, w: www.plettlagoonvilla.co.za, t: 021 418 0966 Plett Lagoon Villa is situated on the tranquil Keurbooms Lagoon, with dazzling views that are sure to instantly relax. This exclusive holiday home is the perfect destination for the whole family, with four bedrooms and a kid’s room, each with their own unique design and flair. A perfect destination for that family reunion. This villa is up market and extremely well equipped. Thought has gone into every detail for comfort – it’s is sure to exceed your expectations.

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Pelican point lodge The wonderful thing about Namibia is always to expect the unexpected. There are some amazing places for travellers to rest their heads, and Pelican Point Lodge is up there with them. Arne Deprez tells the story of his trip Words by: Arne Deprez Photographs courtesy of Pelican Point Lodge

D

uring our drive from Solitaire

what promised to be at least one of

to guide your way as you travel over

to Walvis Bay, I was constantly

the highlights of our trip.

this long strip of sand...and driving over

thinking about our next hotel. Having

Pelican Point Lodge is the renovated

sand is an adventure all its own...but the

heard so much about it during the

old harbour control building next to

moment you arrive at the lighthouse,

planning of our trip, we had decided

the old lighthouse. It’s at the end of

you forget about everything else. The

that Pelican Point Lodge was not

a peninsula and has been transformed

unique atmosphere it breathes in and

something we could ignore. So here

into one of the most unique hotels

out, the wildlife which lives around it,

we are now, driving through the

in Namibia. You can only reach it by

and the sound of the waves breaking

desert on this seemingly endless road

car over a long sandbank without any

on the shore transports you to an

towards Walvis Bay, eagerly awaiting

roads. There’s just the lone lighthouse

entirely different world.

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And that’s just the first impression.

not have offered the same sense of

Pelican Point Lodge is also unique

peace and serenity.

for more than its superb position and

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After

our

initial

little

sand

surrounds. Besides the serene vibe

adventure as the introduction to the

in the air, the soothing sounds of

Lodge, we were entirely captivated by

the water and wind, the animals on

the calmness of the environment. The

the ground and in the air, the Lodge

sight of the lighthouse surrounded by

also has some of the most luxurious

seals at the end of the peninsula was

suites I’ve ever stayed in, an amazing

just what I needed at this juncture in

variety of gourmet food and the

our trip, and it made me feel more

highest level of hospitality. This

relaxed than I have ever felt before.

combination is what made Pelican

We were warmly welcomed by the

Point Lodge a worthy extension

convivial lodge owner, Dirk Maes,

to our luxury Namibian safari. I’m

who took us to our suite, the Captain

convinced that spending these nights

Cove Suite. It’s the one right on top

in

of the old Harbour Control building

Swakopmund

instead

would


next to the lighthouse, and it offers a

to go on a dolphin cruise, where

panoramic 360° view of the bay and

you can enjoy the sight of dolphins

the rough Atlantic Ocean. It truly gives

swimming alongside your boat and

new meaning to the word ‘luxurious.’

if you’re lucky, a seal visits you

As small slivers of mist started to

onboard. Afterwards we opted for the

form in the bay, we relished the

sundowner package. We took a slow

romantic reflecting lights of the city...

walk to the Peninsula Point, watching

accompanied by a mouth-watering

the seal colonies that live there,

crayfish dinner. The soothing sounds

and even spotted a jackal strolling in

of the Ocean lulled us to sleep easily.

the distance.

When you visit Walvis Bay or

We can’t wait to return here. Maybe

Swakopmund, Pelican Point Lodge is

we’ll stay longer next time, for Pelican

the perfect base. Both cities are full

Point Lodge is by far one of the most

of worthwhile activities, and you can

unique lodges we’ve ever stayed at...

also participate in those offered by

and without doubt a highlight on our

Pelican Point Lodge itself. We chose

trip through Namibia.

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Thomas Mueller CEO @ rainmaker digital,

and market dynamics.

The 5 stages of travel

Google Agency and Digital Marketing Agency for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, with 35+ years of experience in IT and 15+ years of experience in digital marketing in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as 8 years of experience in the Southern African tourism industry, Thomas has an in depth understanding of the relevant

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Dreamin

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Planning

information source for planning their travels, leaving only 20% who rely on more old-fashioned methods 3. Booking Close to 60% of people book through the internet. In fact they also compare your reviews and prices with those of your competitors before booking. Most people are savvy consumers. 4. Experience Over 60% use smart-phones or tablets during their journey. They are usually well informed about what is in your locality, such as

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Peace, elegance… with a distinctive touch of Namibia A secluded escape from the hustle of the city, but still centrally located, Burg’s View Boutique Hotel is the ideal place for the cosmopolitan soul in Windhoek

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et’s be blunt, a business trip can

View offers the most spectacular

modern society, and have incorporated

be a little tedious, but what can

views of Windhoek, and the warmth

both sophistication and efficiency into

easily double your trouble, is finding

and comfort is synonymous with that

the hotel design. A fully equipped bar

the perfect place which answers all

of Namibian hospitality. This quiet

and restaurant overlook the Windhoek

your needs. For a work-orientated trip,

neighbourhood is both serene and

skyline and the hotel’s infinity pool –

there are a few fundamental qualities

peaceful, yet close enough to the

it’s here that guests can enjoy breakfast,

you

accommodation,

city centre so guests have access to

lunch and dinner. A cold breakfast

starting with easy access to the city’s

whatever they need, wherever they

buffet

business

and

need it. It’s also conveniently located

favourite hot dishes, while all other

privacy to prepare for meetings… and

across the road from Maerua Mall, a

meals are a la carte and can be enjoyed

security. These matter to any traveller

shopping centre that offers shopping

in the restaurant or on a viewing

in a new destination, leisure travellers

facilities and other commodities guests

deck, looking over Windhoek.

as much as business. The good news

may need.

The ideal place to soak up a

is you’ve found what you’re looking

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for – it’s Burg’s View Boutique Hotel,

luxurious

and frankly, it is creating quite a stir.

look

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in

hub…peace,

quiet

complemented

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your

sunset in the city.

hotel

provides

and

elegance,

Another perfect place to

combined with rustic touches. The

unwind, is in the infinity

Nestled on top of one of the Klein

owners and management have gone

pool while floating with the

Windhoek hills, this new boutique

the extra creative mile to establish

twinkling lights of the city below.

hotel is the traveller’s dream. Burg’s

a blissful escape from the haste of

Burg’s View is uniquely suited to cater

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is

comfort


to all travellers, and offers an airport

protected by closed protection services

can store passports, visas and other

transfer and chauffer service. WiFi and

and 24 hour security.

personal items.The décor throughout

internet access is available throughout

The

secure,

shaded

parking

the hotel is based around the theme of ‘rustic elegance’.

the property, and the hotel has a full,

and separate entrance and exit are

functioning work station - this space

monitored by security at all times.

This has allowed for all spaces to be

offers guests all the comfort of their own

Burg’s View caters for the safety of

luxurious and inviting, yet to remain

offices with internet access, a printer

all guests’ possessions with their

connected to the natural landscape for

and an assistant to aid guests in their

walk-in

deposit

which Namibia is renowned. This new

projects. The safety of guests is always a

boxes. All rooms are also fitted

boutique hotel offers a selection of ten

number one priority, and the property is

with security safes, where guests

unique rooms - all en suite - five of

safe

and

safety

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them traditional hotel rooms within the

offers all the standard luxuries and

The hotel has a boardroom that

main building. Each of these rooms is

a Jacuzzi which looks onto the wrap-

seats ten to twelve people, with air-

fashioned with a unique characteristic,

around

Executive

conditioning and a fire place to suit

such as the Panoramic Room that

Suite that offers true pampering with

every season. They also offer catering

a massage chair and its own projector

services there to ensure all meetings

and screen instead of a television. The

run smoothly. Hotel amenities include

other five rooms are self-catering units

full laundry services and access to

for guests who prefer more privacy

a landline at reception.

and independence while travelling.

your reason for visiting Namibia’s

All rooms are equipped with a fridge,

capital city, this boutique hotel is the

beverage tray, television and built in

perfect place for both business and

cupboards. Naturally, all rooms are air-

pleasure. Along the top of the Klein

conditioned. The self-catering units also

Windhoek hills, within a peaceful

offer a hot plate and microwave. The

neighbourhood, guests feel at ease

hotel is wheelchair accessible as well.

when relaxing on the viewing deck or

balcony; or

the

No matter

location

in the restaurant, or while preparing

makes it the ideal place to host

for meetings. A nightcap in hand and

meetings and intimate conferences.

the breathtaking views of the night

Burg’s

View’s

central

lights rippling across the landscape, are guaranteed to relax anyone after a long day at work or at play.

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Trending: Craft distillers

Benchmarking for spirited craft distillers When the majority of privately owned micro distillers were declared illegal in South Africa in the 60’s, only a few large distilleries were granted the right to produce spirits under law. Sadly, most of the existing artisanal skills disappeared with the stills which became curiosities or museum pieces. When legislation was relaxed again in 2003, it meant private distillers had to start from scratch: re-kindling their forgotten distilling skills was only a part of it. Finding somewhere to buy the necessary materials and hardware was another challenge altogether.

Enter Gert Bosman, founder of the South African Craft Distillers Institute.

(SACDI)’s

leaving no uncertainty about the renewed enthusiasm for craft distilling.

In 2010 he published a short digital

It

is

against

this

background

manual entitled “How to legally distil

that South Africa’s largest wine and

at home in South Africa”. The resulting

spirits competition, the Michelangelo

wave of curiosity among wannabee

International Wine & Spirits Awards,

craft distillers now stands as a firmly

has joined forces with SACDI to – for

established new industry of micro

the first time - allow craft distillers to

distilleries: by 2016 craft distilleries in

submit their products to a panel of

South Africa had grown from only two

international spirits experts.

commercial small craft distilleries to

“We

are market

always

investigating

more than 60. Currently more than 800

new

stills are owned by private individuals

Michelangelo CEO, Lorraine Immelman.

and more than 4000 people have been

“The growing wave of craft spirits

trained in small scale distilling.

producers - backed by an increasing

opportunities,”

says

company,

demand from craft spirits consumers

Distillique, in Pretoria in 2008 to

- has been the motivation behind

manufacture and sell home distilling

this initiative. Setting benchmarks in any

equipment:

training

market through healthy competition

courses to aspiring small distillers.

lifts and sets standards which in turn

Eight years later - in 2016 -

more

justify consumer expectations and offers

than 100 craft distillers attended the

ample exciting marketing opportunities

South African Craft Distillers Institute

– it’s a win-win situation!”

Gert

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established

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various


Andrew Rall Founder and CEO at Distillery 031 January 2009 – Present (8 years 4 months) Durban Area, South Africa Distillery 031, KZN’s first craft distillery, is pioneering local artisanal spirits including Gin, Vodka, Rum, Cachaca and Absinthe. Complimenting the distillery is 031 Bar & Restaurant which is surrounded by the working distillery and looks out over the railway tracks towards the ocean. Distillery 031 is located in The Foundry, formerly a derelict three-storey clothing factory, which has been re-purposed into a multi-use create hub. The Foundry was one of the pioneers of Durban’s first urban renewal zone, the Station Drive Precinct.

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The Michelangelo is an international wine and spirits competition which was established in South Africa 21 years ago. The entries are judged annually by a top international panel of 28 Masters of Wine, wine makers and wine buyers, sommeliers and wine writers whose brief it is to identify South African and international wines and spirits according to global standards and market preferences. Only approximately one third of all entries are awarded Platinum, Grand’Or (double gold), gold and silver medals or trophies, which makes these awards sought-after and highly coveted. In 2016 a total of 1829 entries were

received,

making

the

Michelangelo South Africa’s largest wine and spirits competition.

To reinforce its commitment and at the same time encourage craft distillers to enter the competition in July, SACDI has introduced four Michelangelo trophies which will be awarded to the best craft distilled gin, rum and vodka, as well as the overall most innovative craft spirits.

So... what is a craft spirits producer? “In a nutshell,” says Gert, “a craft spirit producer produces end-products containing no more than 100 000L absolute alcohol per annum. More than 50% has to be distilled from selffermented raw material, except in gin, which is often re-distilled from neutral no

computer

based control systems are utilised in such a distillery and the entire production

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(from

Distillique and the Michelangelo would

bottling and labelling) has to be

like to acknowledge small commercial

performed on the same premises of

craft distillers for bringing us not only

the distillery.” Also important is that

the best of their distilled spirits to

only natural products are used in the

experience and enjoy, but contained

production of craft spirits.

therein also the distilled sum of their passion, their knowledge and their art.”

No saturation in sight as demand grows In 2014 it was predicted that the craft distillers market would reach saturation in South Africa around 2028, says Gert. However, the demand for true craft spirits is surpassing predictions and demand is growing much faster than anticipated: “we see new craft spirits labels almost monthly”. He feels deeply passionate about these “spirited” individuals and says, “the decision to sponsor Michelangelo trophies for craft spirits, is aimed at acknowledging the abilities and talents of true craft distillers. SACDI,

Contact Gert Bosman of SACDI 083 263 7832. Entries for the 2017 Michelangelo open on 1 June and close on 31 July 2017. www.michelangeloawards.com

Gert Bosman, Founder of the South African Craft Distillers Institute in Centurion

Four new spirits trophies introduced

spirits. Furthermore,

distilling, blending/mixing, infusion,

fermentation to


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Multi Asset income funds a good alternative to money market to boost investors buying power I

nvestors in traditional money market investment vehicles have not generated returns in excess of inflation over the past 5 years and have therefore lost buying power due to inflation eroding their investment returns. Multi Asset income funds are a good alternative to money market funds as they offer low capital volatility and higher levels of income together with sufficient liquidity. At Prescient, our Income mandates aim to outperform cash and inflation and to not deliver negative returns over a rolling 3 month period. Generating real returns and continuously compounding these returns over time is a key objective. To achieve these objectives for our clients, our fixed interest fund managers invest in a combination of high-quality, income generating instruments including the money market, bonds, inflationlinked bonds, property, preference shares, derivatives and offshore assets - switching between the different asset classes as they offer value. Risk management is crucial for an investment mandate that targets to

outperform inflation consistently over any 12 month period. We would only invest in assets that would potentially outperform inflation, and we perform a complete risk analysis before we include any asset in the portfolio. Risk for us is defined as not meeting the client’s risk and performance objectives. We aim to reduce the downside risk as much as possible but at the same time participate in as much upside as possible. Since inception, investors in the Prescient Income type mandates have consistently delivered returns in excess of inflation - thus boosting their buying power. The South African repo rate has gone up 200bps over the past 3 years and coupled with this bank funding spreads and credit spreads have increased. In this environment one can earn inflation beating returns on good quality assets and investors don’t have to look down the credit spectrum to earn good real returns at the moment. Currently, the Income Fund sector is a really attractive sector to invest in as you can earn yields of 9-10%

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(same yield as bonds) but without the duration or interest rate risk because you are largely invested in shorter dated assets. The income fund sector is delivering inflation beating returns with a risk profile not much higher than cash. Investors looking to park their cash for income should look at this sector as opposed to the traditional money market sector.

Farzana Bayat: Head of Cash and Income Management Farzana completed her Business Science degree majoring in Actuarial Science (with Honours in Quantitative Finance) at the University of Cape Town. She has further attained her CFA. Farzana has been with Prescient for over 10 years, and in addition to overseeing the credit research process, she is also responsible for all Money Market and Income portfolios.


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Early detection for the gold standard for cardiology Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the Western world. Renowned cardiologist Dr David Lipkin says to avoid contributing to that statistic, early diagnosis is vital. By Debbie Hathway By: Andrew Shapland, The Roving Ambassador

A

third of patients with heart

that wakes you in the middle of the

the UK and Europe, people are more

disease, also known as coronary

night that you’ve never had before, or

educated about heart disease and

artery disease, may present for the

pain that affects you when you go for

many are stopping smoking.

first time with a heart attack, a third

a walk after eating, you probably have

will present to the coroner and a third

angina,’ says Lipkin.

There are various ways to screen people who have a heart disorder

with chest pain – a clear sign that

These are the kinds of things that

apart from the simple non-invasive

there is an issue. While it is essential

many might wish to explain away,

stress tests. General screens by your

to treat the problem when you find

being unable to afford a doctor’s

local GP may flag issues such as

it, even more important is early

visit, being fearful of the outcome or

cholesterol, excess weight, poor diet

diagnosis, says Dr David Lipkin. ‘This

simply not wanting to be seen as a

or a predisposition to high blood

has revolutionised cardiology.’

hypochondriac. Lipkin says, ‘Change

pressure, but it’s not just a matter of

your approach. The consequences are

treating symptoms Lipkin explains. ‘We

While much of the distinguished

can do a coronary calcification scan on

London-based cardiologist’s time is spent in surgery, he also dedicates precious hours

to

coronary

writing artery

and

researching

disease,

coronary

angiography, non-invasive CT coronary angiography and coronary angioplasty, including the treatment of angina,

When somebody does have

a cardiac CT scanner, which is cheaper

a heart attack, however,

than a battery of non-invasive tests. We

what is often neglected is

know that when calcium is attracted

a look at their first-degree relatives. Coronary artery

to the heart arteries, they narrow – and they’re only 2,5mm to 3mm in diameter to begin with.’

heart attacks, heart failure, valvular

disease is a familial disease,

heart disease and cardiomyopathies

which is passed on

outpatient test, for which most centres

(abnormal heart muscle). Simply put,

through generations.

have the equipment, and will show

The scan is an easy 15-minute

how significant the blockages are.

he specialises in ‘unblocking people’s too dangerous and early diagnosis

‘A normal chest x-ray won’t reveal

What many people don’t know is

will allow medical practitioners to be

this. The arteries are too tiny and the

whether or not they are susceptible

more aggressive in their method of

heart is moving. It’s a bit like needing

to heart failure. They could have

preventing the occurrence of an acute

to photograph a racing car with a

no symptoms at all or experience

heart attack out of the blue.’

superfast shutter speed.’

arteries. That’s cardiology’.

When

somebody

does

have

a

something less obvious than pain

According to the British Heart

in the chest, a rapid heart rate

Foundation, someone suffers a heart

heart attack, however, what is often

or

as

attack every three minutes. In around

neglected is a look at their first-degree

inexplicable indigestion or nausea,

30 percent of those cases, the result

relatives. Coronary artery disease is

light-headedness or sweating. ‘If you

is fatal. The good news is that that

a familial disease, which is passed

have pain that makes you feel ill, pain

number is improving. The reason? In

on through generations. There is a

shortness

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tendency for women to be neglected, because their risk of heart failure only increases after menopause. Among people younger than 40, the most common cause of heart failure is cocaine abuse. ‘I had a patient last week, aged 41, who ostensibly blacked out at a party. It transpired that he’d taken cocaine,’ says Lipkin. The act of snorting cocaine narrows the blood vessels, causing spasm in the arteries. If blood flow is blocked off for a few seconds, the user might be ok, he explains, but if the arteries hold the spasm, the result is a heart attack. There has been a lot of debate about whether stress really causes heart disease. Research has linked heart attacks to volcanic eruptions and

earthquakes,

but

these

incidences were rare. It often boils down to personality type. ‘Most people can’t change the habits of a lifetime. If working is stressful, can you afford to stop? Working hard may be less stressful than not working hard,’ says Lipkin. If a change in diet is recommended this is relatively easy to deal with by switching to a more Mediterranean style to

(fish,

reduce

vegetables, cholesterol

olive

oil)

levels

and

carbohydrate intake. This, combined with exercise, also reduces the risk of developing diabetes. ‘It’s

common

sense

to

advise

people to make more time to sleep, to rest, to go for a walk,’ says Lipkin. ‘Cardiologists

enjoy

doing

the

unblocking, but most of our work should come before that. When I was younger I used to look at why we get breathless. But that’s not as new as the inroads we’ve made into early detection of coronary artery disease.’

Dr Lipkin is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He has worked at several hospital and now predominantly sees private patients who present with

chest pain, palpitation, high blood pressure, breathlessness, dizzy attacks. He also conducts cardiovascular risk assessment and peri-operative cardiac assessment and treats patients with elevated cholesterol levels.

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Telecom Namibia launches an incredible Double-Up Offer for internet customers Telecom Namibia announced that internet subscribers will receive even greater value, with a generous increase in broadband speed on the entry-level broadband package, delivered over Namibia’s largest telecommunications network. The offer, which is valid till 24th June 2017, allows subscribers of the 512kbps package to double their UNLIMITED internet speed to 1Mbps for an additional monthly charge of N$ 99 only. The offer, which gives a price benefit of up to 40%, is available to new and existing subscribers on the UNLIMITED 512kbps internet package. Offering some of the most competitive internet packages in the market, Telecom Namibia is constantly striving to deliver cutting edge solutions to its customers with widespread coverage. This offer is yet another example of how Telecom Namibia, while building on its expansive network, is catering to its customers’ needs at every level.

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“Our latest offer is designed to provide affordable broadband access to our customers and will also pave way to enhance the broadband internet experience for all segments across the country”, said Calvin Muniswaswa, Chief Commercial Officer. “We understand our customers’ needs of higher data speeds and the offer serves this appetite by upgrading customers to higher data speeds for less”. Telecom Namibia over the years has provided its customers with best of deals and has always taken care of its customers. It has provided them with exciting offers and has gone out of the way to deploy state-of-the-art technologies to provide quality broadband services to end-users. “Telecom Namibia’s UNLIMITED broadband internet is empowering people across the country to reach out to the world, enabling convenient access to knowledge and information nationwide,” Muniswaswa said.


OLD MUTUAL FINANCIAL RESULTS PRELIMINARY RESULTS

for the twelve months ended 31 December 2016

OLD MUTUAL GROUP TOTAL DIVIDEND

OLD MUTUAL EMERGING MARKETS GROUP ADJUSTED OPERATING PROFIT

6.06

ADJUSTED OPERATING PROFIT

£1.7bn

PENCE/SHARE

LIFE SALES

19.4p

30%

R16.2bn

(short term insurance)

R17bn

1%

16.6%

GROSS WRITTEN PREMIUMS

6%

NET CLIENT CASH FLOW

RETURN ON EQUITY (ROA)

R13.5bn

(on an APE basis)

AOP EARNINGS PER SHARE

£394.9bn

3%

(pre-tax)

1% (in constant currency)

FUNDS UNDER MANAGEMENT

R12.3bn

FUNDS UNDER MANAGEMENT

13%

R1009bn 2%

OLD MUTUAL EMERGING MARKETS: BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS SOUTH AFRICA • Our Integrated Financial Services strategy, which is key to the growth of the Mass Foundation Cluster (MFC), delivers a holistic suite of financial services to meet all our customers’ financial needs through strong tied and independent distribution relationships, our extensive branch network and an enhanced customer experience. The branch footprint grew by 33 to 292 in 2016 and contributes 28% of total MFC life sales (on an APE basis). • In November, we entered into a partnership with Startupbootcamp InsurTech, a global accelerator programme, which gives us access to a management team highly experienced in successfully accelerating early stage startups to bring pioneering ideas to market, and support corporate partners to refine and enhance their innovative initiatives. • The Old Mutual Tax Free Plan continues its digital growth trajectory, with 26% of plans now sold through this channel (up from 15% in 2015). We also

• added the Old Mutual Flexible Plan to our digital sales platform and are exploring the possibility of making life cover available digitally. • In Mutual & Federal (M&F) strong growth of 15% in GWP was recorded in iWYZE, following the onboarding of a management team of experienced industry professionals. We are in advanced discussions with Atradius, a global leader in trade credit insurance, which will be brought in as a strategic partner in Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation (CGIC) and will position M&F to lead trade credit insurance on the African continent. • The Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIG) launched the Old Mutual Responsible Investment Equity Index Fund, which invests in the FTSE/JSE Shareholder Weighted All Share Index, with a tilt towards companies with strong sustainability profiles.

REST OF AFRICA

LATIN AMERICA & ASIA

• Profits in the rest of Africa have grown by 18% and contribute 14% of OMEM profits.

• Latin America and India experienced strong growth in profits and sales.

• Progress has been made with the integration of UAP and Old Mutual Kenya. The rollout of the UAP-Old Mutual brand is also progressing well. • An enhanced deal was finalised between Old Mutual and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, which is a key pillar to the delivery of our West Africa strategy. • The customer base grew by 10% to 4.4 million in 2016.

• OMIG’s one year investment performance has improved significantly with around 70% of unit trust funds above the median, up from 35% in 2015.

HOW WE ADD VALUE TO NAMIBIA GROWING THE ECONOMY

N$37bn FUM Total Funds Under Management

889+

N$690m

Employees

Benefits Paid Long term risk benefits paid to policy holders

Old Mutual Namibia delivered a solid set of financial results for the year ending 31 December 2016, in spite of a challenging macroeconomic environment. The Group solidified the brand’s established strategy for growth and affirmed its ability to honour its promise to customers, shareholders and all other stakeholders in a highly competitive and changing regulatory environment.

N$668m Profit Pre-tax AOP

Kosmas Egumbo Chief Executive Officer Old Mutual Namibia

INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE

580

Housing units developed in Windhoek

448

Erven Serviced land delivered in Walvis Bay & Otavi in 2016

N$3.4bn

In Government of the Republic of Namibia bonds

DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES

N$6.2m

1% of profit invested in community upliftment projects, education & capacity building

Adjusted Operating Profit of N$668 million was 10% up on prior year, whilst Life Sales (on an Annual Premium Equivalent basis) increased by 8%. Expenses were well contained given the current economic climate and the cost to income ratio came in at 1,7% lower than prior year. Gross Written Premium in the short term business was down 12% on prior year. Although total Funds under Management, at N$37 billion, showed a 4% increase over the prior year, Net Client Cash Flow, at N$725 million, was significantly down, which is largely reflective of the funding and liquidity challenges experienced in the market particularly during the second half of 2016. We value our customers’ trust and have honoured our promise to them in paying out N$690 million in benefits to policyholders. Our customers have continued to show their faith in us and we would like to assure them of our continued commitment to making it easy to engage with us, making them feel valued and to give them peace of mind as a certain friend in uncertain times. We will honour our promise to continue treating our customers fairly and to lead a responsible business journey that will ensure that investments entrusted to us deliver on customer expectations, whilst also contributing to society in the form of delivering serviced land and affordable housing, job creation, promotion of financial inclusion, upliftment of communities and applying responsible environmental management practices.

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WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD

ENGLISH 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.

GERMAN

Obrigado por ter escolhido Air Namibia. Faremos de tudopara garantir que tenhas um vôo agradável. Se vocêprecisar de assistência, por favor, pergunte a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine.

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 Os nossos assistentes de cabin, altamente profissionais, attendants are at your service on estão ao seu dispor em todos os nossos vôos para a sua all our flight, for your safety and segurança e conforto. comfort.

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.

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PORTUGUESE

Existe kits de primeiros socorros a bordo todos os nossos Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist vôos, se os passageiros precisarem de assistência com auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich condições médicas relativamente menores. immer an Bord.

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

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

Como medida de segurança, é importante ler o cartão segurança armazenado no bolso do assento à sua frente

Life vests are stored under your seat. Only use them as demonstrate, and only when instructed by the cabin attendants.

Coletes salva-vidas são armazenados por de baixo do seu Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf assento. Use-os conforme a demonstração e somente Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. quando instruído pelos assistentes de cabin.

Smoking is prohibited on all Air Namibia flights.

É proibido fumar em todos os vôos da Air Namibia.

Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein absolutes Rauchverbot.

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 flights.

Assentos devem estar na posição vertical durante a decolagem e aterragem. Para sua própria segurança, você é obrigado a apertar o cinto sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança é iluminado e nós recomendamos que mantenhas apertado o cinto durante todo o vôo.

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

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

Nós oferecemos refeições e bebidas de cortesia em todos os nossos vôos.Dietas-especiais ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante uma solicitação ao fazer reservas.

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.

PORTUGUESE Nós carregamos uma extensa variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos em vôos selecionados. Por favor, consulte o nosso catálogo para mais detalhes.

GERMAN 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 visual estão programmes are available on disponíveis nos vôos operados através dos nossos Flights operated using our A330 aeronaves A330 e A319. and A319 aircraft.

Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen verfügbar.

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 refrescante. refreshing stream of air.

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

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.

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.

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

Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê recomendamos que você we recommend you request a solicite um berço especialmente nos vôos de longo curso. bassinet especially on the longhaul flights.

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

Please do not place any luggage Por favor não coloque bagagem por de baixo do assento under seats at the emergency de saída de emergência. Bagagem de mão deve ser exit seat. armazenado na estiva sobrecarga

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

Carry-on luggage should be stored in the overhead stowage.

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

We suggest that passengers do Sugerimos que os passageiros effectuam exercícios de stretching exercises, and move alongamento e movementam-se durante vôo para melhorar a circulação sanguínea. during the flight to improve blood circulation.

Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt.

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/AI-/AIS HOTSPRINGS SPA RESORT TO UNDERGO RENOVATIONS We have resolved to renovate our /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings Spa resort, which is located 706 KM south of Windhoek, from mid-March up until 31 July 2017. This decision was taken due to long-standing maintenance challenges which we believe stand in our way towards customer satisfaction. We should be fully operational as of 1 August 2017. The planned renovations will entail the temporal closure of some of the rooms and buildings to ensure the safety of guests who will still be staying there. The restaurant, family bush chalets, and campsites will remain open due to demand from clients that intend to undertake the Fish River Canyon Hike. It is a wellknown fact that this resort has always been a popu-

lar destination for adventure enthusiasts and families who simply want to break away from the busy city life. Mrs. Zelna Hengari, our Managing Director, is very excited at the prospect of renewing some of the infrastructure at the resort though saddened at the impact the renovations will have on the guest experience. “It is with a heavy heart that we must proceed with the renovations and would thus want to apologize in advance to those guests that will still be visiting the resort during this period. It’s undeniable that this resort is one of our most popular resorts in southern Namibia. Our guests have continuously kept us abreast with some of the things they would like improved upon to enhance their experience at the resort. Based upon this, we will renovate the resort with the aim of exceeding their expectations. I, therefore, implore our guests to be patient with us during this period,� says Mrs. Hengari.

OVER 600 NEW DOMESTIC TRAVELERS SIGN UP FOR NAMLEISURE CARDS During the month of February, we ran a promotion aimed at encouraging domestic travelers to sign up for a Namleisure card at 50% of the cost. The aim of the promotion was to encourage domestic travelers to acquire a Namleisure card which entitles them to 50% discount whenever they visit any of our facilities including Sun Karros Daan Viljoen.

Mrs. Anna Onen, NWR’s Sales and Reservations Manager

The Namleisure card comes in three variations to cater to different travelers. There is the single’s card, which is aimed at individuals, while the Namleisure Plus is aimed at couples, which seems to be the most popular one while

the Namleisure Family is aimed at two adults and two children between the ages of 13 – 17 years old. As it currently stands, there are over 4000 Namleisure card members. For us, these figures are very encouraging as this is testimony to the value that our domestic market is placing in exploring their country. Mrs. Anna Onen, our Sales and Reservations Manager said, “based upon the positive response we received from different sections of society, it was very encouraging to see that traveling is no longer seen as an exclusive recreation for a selected few but that different people from all walks of life see the value in exploring their country. It is, therefore, important that once one gets the card, they should try and make use of it before it is up for renewal�.

Here is a preview of what you can look forward to when you visit our Hobas Camp. We have added 6 rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant.

WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

MICE (WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA)

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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Our Fleet

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

2

Length(m)

59

Height (m)

17,4

Maximum Passengers

244

Wing Span (m)

60.3

Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000l

Cruising Speed

860 km/h 233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

33.84

Height (m)

11.76

Maximum Passengers

112

Wing Span (m)

34.09

Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860l

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

26.33

Height (m)

6.76

Maximum Passengers

37

Wing Span (m)

20.04

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 We offer our passengers a generous free hand baggage allowance, with maximum weight of 10kg 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 operated flights operated flights 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.na

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Schedule 2 April to 2 September 2017 ( ALL times local) NOTE: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight no SW 286

From Frankfurt

To

Days

Departure Arrival

Windhoek

Daily

20:10

05:30+1

SW 286/703

Frankfurt

Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

10:25+1

SW 286/723

Frankfurt

Johannesburg (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

08:45+1

SW 285

Windhoek

Frankfurt

Daily

20:35

07:55+1

Flight No SW 704

From Cape Town

To

Days

Departure Arrival

Windhoek

Daily

11:10

12:20

SW 708

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

18:45

19:55

SW 708

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

18:45

07:55+1

SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay

Daily

14:35

15:45

SW 742

Durban

Windhoek (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

14:00

SW 742

Durban

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

12:55

SW 741

Gaborone

Durban

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

09:35

10:50

SW 742

Gaborone

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:40

14:00

SW 418

Harare

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

17:15

18:30

SW 722

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

06:40

07:45

SW 726

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

12:10

13:15

SW 728

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

17:55

19:00

SW 728

Johannesburg

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

17:55

07:55+1

SW 730

Johannesburg

Walvis Bay

Daily

07:30

08:55

SW 304

Luanda

Windhoek

Daily

11:55

14:25

SW 376

Lusaka

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat,

11:25

12:45

SW 406

Victoria Falls

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:50

14:30

SW 303

Windhoek

Luanda

Daily

08:30

11:10

SW 375

Windhoek

Lusaka

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

07:25

10:40

SW 417

Windhoek

Harare

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:25

16:30

SW 405

Windhoek

Victoria Falls

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

10:35

13:10

SW 703

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

07:25

10:25

SW 707

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

15:00

18:00

SW 741

Windhoek

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

06:30

08:50

SW 741

Windhoek

Durban (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

06:30

10:50

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Mon, Tue, We, Thu, Sat, Sun

06:00

08:45

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Mon, Wed

13:10

15:55

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Tue

13:55

16:40

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Thu

13:35

16:20

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Fri, Sat

13:15

16:00

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Sun

13:45

16:30

SW 729

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

16:30

19:15

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Fri

06:05

08:50

Regional

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Domestic Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure Arrival

SW 101

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

06:30

07:30

SW 101

Eros

Ondangwa

Sun

07:00

08:00

SW 105

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Thu

14:00

15:00

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

17:15

18:15

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Sun

17:25

18:25

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Wed, Fri

14:00

15:05

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Sun

14:15

15:20

SW 133

Eros

Katima Mulilo

Mon, Wed, Fri

09:35

11:05

SW 133

Eros

Katima Mulilo

Sun

10:00

11:30

SW 143

Luderitz

Oranjemund

Thu, Sat

12:05

12:40

SW 143

Luderitz

Windhoek(via Oranjemund)

Thu, Sat

12:05

14:25

SW 146

Luderitz

Windhoek

Tue

13:25

14:25

SW 134

Katima Mulilo

Eros

Mon, Wed, Fri

11:45

13:25

SW 134

Katima Mulilo

Eros

Sun

12:05

13:45

SW 126

Rundu

Eros

Wed, Fri

15:35

16:40

SW 126

Rundu

Eros

Sun

15:50

16:55

SW 144

Oranjemund

Windhoek

Thu, Sat

13:10

14:25

SW 145

Oranjemund

Luderitz

Tue

12:20

12:55

SW 145

Oranjemund

Windhoek (via Luderitz)

Tue

12:20

14:25

SW 102

Ondangwa

Eros

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

08:00

09:00

SW 102

Ondangwa

Eros

Sun

08:30

09:30

SW 106

Ondangwa

Eros

Mon, Tue, Thu

15:30

16:30

SW 108

Ondangwa

Eros

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

18:45

19:45

SW 108

Ondangwa

Eros

Sun

18:55

19:55

SW 164

Walvis Bay

Windhoek

Daily

09:25

10:05

SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town

Daily

09:55

13:05

SW 737

Walvis Bay

Johannesburg

Daily

16:30

19:45

SW 143

Windhoek

Luderitz

Thu, Sat

10:35

11:35

SW 143

Windhoek

Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Thu, Sat

10:35

12:40

SW 145

Windhoek

Oranjemund

Tue

10:35

11:50

SW 145

Windhoek

Luderitz(via Oranjemund)

Tue

10:35

12:55

SW 163

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Daily

08:30

09:20

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1. PASSENGER SERVICES CHARGES IN N$

8,000

105.08

15.76

Description

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

9,000

114.30

17.15

131.45

10,000

177.95

26.69

204.65

International Passengers

470

-

470

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

23.69

3.55

27.25

Regional Passengers (Passengers departing on an aircraft whose final destination is an airport within Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa or Swaziland)

272

-

272

Domestic Passengers

123

18

141

All passenger service charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

2. LANDING CHARGES FOR AIRCRAFT IN N$ 2.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

500

46.16

0.00

46.16

1,000

84.14

0.00

84.14

1,500

124.63

0.00

124.63

2,000

166.17

0.00

166.17

2,500

184.64

0.00

184.64

3,000

243.03

0.00

243.03

4,000

328.23

0.00

328.23

5,000

387.19

0.00

387.19

6,000

484.72

0.00

484.72

7,000

553.94

0.00

553.94

8,000

625.48

0.00

625.48

9,000

703.95

0.00

703.95

10,000

784.73

0.00

784.73

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

67.93

0.00

67.93

All landing charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

2.2 DOMESTIC (LANDING CHARGES)

500

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018 46.16

6.92

53.08

1,000

84.14

12.62

96.76

1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

124.63 166.17 184.64 243.03 328.23 387.19 484.72 553.94 625.48 703.95 784.73

18.69 24.93 27.70 36.45 49.23 58.08 72.71 83.09 93.82 105.59 117.71

143.32 191.09 212.34 279.48 377.47 445.27 557.43 637.03 719.30 809.54 902.44

67.93

10.19

78.12

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

3. AIRCRAFT PARKING CHARGES IN N$ 3.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL

120.84

4. HOURLY CHARGES FOR OPERATIONS AFTER THE PUBLISHED HOURS OF OPERATIONS IN N$ 4.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL FLIGHTS

Description

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

10,424.61

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10,424.61

3,790.77

-

3,790.77

712.01

-

712.01

All after hours charges for foreign bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

4.2 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Description

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport

10,424.61

1,563.69

11,988.30

Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome

3,790.77

568.62

4,359.39

LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome

712.01

106.80

818.82

5. NAC AVIATION OPERATION CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 Permanent Access Permit

232.10

Seasonal Access Permit

126.60

Temporal Access Permit

84.40

Lost Permit Replacement (1st time)

232.10

Permanent Vehicle Permit

379.80

Temporal Vehicle Permit

84.40

Reflector Jacket

52.75

Beacon Light

158.25

Lost Permit Replacement (2nd time)

316.50

Wheel Clamping

211.00

6. SECURITY CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 International

91

Regional

71

Domestic

51

7. OTHER CHARGES IN N$ Impounding of vehicles parked in restricted areas

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

All types of vehicles (per day or part thereof)

427.21

64.08

491.29

Tow away charges for vehicles parked in restricted areas

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

500

6.69

-

6.69

Sedans

712.01

106.80

818.82

1,000

13.20

-

13.20

1,139.22

170.88

1,310.11

2,136.04

320.41

2,456.45

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

1,500

19.06

-

19.06

Mini buses, light delivery & sports utility vehicles

2,000

25.11

-

25.11

Trucks and busses

2,500

32.44

-

32.44

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3,000

48.57

-

48.57

4,000

68.25

-

68.25

5,000

77.48

-

77.48

6,000

86.68

-

86.68

7,000

95.86

-

95.86

8.2 Aircraft certificated in the private category in their Airworthiness Certification are exempted from passenger charges. All other aircraft are not exempted from passenger charges, irrespective of the use of the aircraft save where another exemption under these rules apply.

8.1 Aircraft engaged in Search and Rescue operations are exempted from all airport/aerodrome charges upon presentation of proof that such aircraft was designated by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) to engage in Search and Rescue operations for that particular flight.

8,000

105.08

-

105.08

8.3 Transit passengers, defined as those passengers

9,000

114.30

-

114.30

8.3.1 Same plane through transit;

10,000

177.95

-

177.95

8.3.2 Transit Through flight or change of gauge, ticketed as one flight;

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

23.69

-

23.69

are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours. 8.4 Transfer passengers, defined as those passengers

All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

3.2 DOMESTIC (AIRCRAFT PARKING CHARGES)

8.4.1 Online Transfer - a change from the service of one carrier to another service of the same carrier 8.4.2 Interline Transfer - the service of another carrier (interline carrier) and ticketed over two or more flight coupons and shown in the itinerary i.e. ticketed points

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

500

6.69

1.00

7.70

8.5 Namibian and foreign State aircraft in the service of the military, customs or police are exempted from landing and parking charges, but not from passenger charges, upon presentation of proof that:

are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours.

1,000

13.20

1.98

15.18

8.5.1 Such aircraft is in the service of the military, customs or police:

1,500

19.06

2.86

21.92

8.5.2 The purpose of the particular flight is related to military, customs or police operations; and

2,000

25.11

3.77

28.88

8.5.3 In case of a foreign aircraft, that such aircraft is a State aircraft.

2,500

32.44

4.87

37.30

8.6 Mercy flights are exempted from after hours charges but not from passenger, landing or parking charges.

3,000

48.57

7.29

55.86

4,000

68.25

10.24

78.48

8.7 The NAC may, at an airport/aerodrome under its management, refuse the provision of any relevant activity (as defined in s 1 of the Act) to any user with an outstanding account in respect of airport/aerodrome charges.

5,000

77.48

11.62

89.10

6,000

86.68

13.00

99.68

7,000

95.86

14.38

110.24

8.8 All other rules and charges is contained in the Government Notice No 20 published in the Government Gazette of 5 February 1999 (No 2045), remain applicable, save where amended by publication in terms of s 5(1) of the Act. 8.9 Interest at the rate of 2.5% above prime rate (as determined by the financial institutions) will be charged annually on all outstanding balances exceeding 30 days from the invoicing date.

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