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Issue 90 - Thursday, 13 March 2014 to Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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Long-Beach Siglinde de Villiers Construction of the more than N$90 million apartment project on Langstrand is finally underway, featuring the first of its kind at the coast as well as the rest of Namibia. Its style and design will make this building the tallest and most stunning new landmark next to the B2 road, setting unparalleled standards for the coast. Ocean Keys, the name of the 12 storEy beachside apartment block, will tower high into the sky, offering its owners breathtaking views of nature. Built on the border between the Namib Desert and Atlantic Ocean, residents will have a stunning 180 degree view of both. Developer, Guenther Heimstaedt, states on the development’s website that the building will contain 20 penthouse styled units, two on each floor, with a dedicated lift. The approximate 147m² units are divided into an open plan scheme for kitchen and lounge area, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest toilet. According to Cost Engineering Services, the construction of the project commenced in 2013, when a specialist

piling contractor piled the building. “Preparation of the site of construction was done in December 2012. Construction commenced early February 2013 and the building is envisaged to be completed in 2014,” Cost Engineering Services stated. Since the prestigious project’s inception in 2011, it strives for a deluxe seaside lifestyle. “All apartments are to be furnished to the highest standard and special fittings are specified to

make this the most luxurious apartment building in Namibia,” Cost Engineering Services said. According to the developer, each unit has been individually designed, in elegant contemporary style. “The décor combines local and international trends and great attention to detail will be given,” Heimstaedt Continued on Page 3

Murdered Girl Found in Dunes

and disposed of in a dirt bin, in a chat with the Namib Independent, Inspector Erastus Despite Facebook buzzing with reports that Iikuyu of the Walvis Bay police force has a 22-year-old girl was found chopped up dismissed online reports as inaccurate. Tanya Calitz

However, the body of a young woman, Bernadine Baumgarden, was indeed found in the dunes near Narraville yesterday. Detective Inspector Erastus Iikuyu stated that between 11am and 12 noon on Thursday, the body of a young woman was found in the dunes some 300 metres from the B1 on the Narraville side of the road. The body, which was found by members of the public, was concealed by a blanket. According to Iikuyu, the police are of the opinion that the body was indeed in a bin at

some stage as they suspect that the young lady was murdered somewhere in Kuisebmond and then transported to the dunes in a dirt bin. This assumption has been made on account of the fact that whoever disposed of the body, elected not to cover their tracks and thus clear tracks of wheel bins were visible between the two locations. Iikuyu stated that there were no wound marks whatsoever on the victim and thus the cause of death has not yet been determined. An autopsy will Continued on Page 3


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Forgotten Street Names

Weekly Crossword

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Tanya Calitz Despite the decision to change some Lagoon area street names in 2011 already, several residents in the Lagoon area in Walvis Bay were shocked to discover that the names of their streets had changed overnight, and they no longer live where they thought they did. “I was a bit surprised that we were not informed of the sudden street name change,” one of the confused residents told the Namib Independent. However, the Walvis Bay municipality forwarded minutes sheet, which indicated that the meeting between the Street naming Committee and public was already held in November of 2011. “I must admit we did take a bit long to actually change the name boards, considering the decision was already made in 2011,” Municipal Public Relations Manager Kevin Adams said. Another resident phoned in and stressed that he had just filled out official documents, submitted them, and when he drove home later that day, realised that the street name had changed. “It creates a bit of unnecessary hassle, because now I have to go and change my address everywhere, where as if they had just sent out a letter earlier this year announcing the change, we would have had enough time to do a change of address etc,” the Lagoon resident said. Another resident said that there are many guesthouses in the changed name streets, which causes a lot of inconvenience. The street name changes are as follows; 1st Street West to KR Thomas Street, 2nd Street West to JJ Cleverly Street, 3rd Street West to

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JH de Waard Street, 4th Street West to Frank Guthrie Street, 5th Street West to Paul Vincent Street, 6th Street West to Peter Dixon Street, 8th Street West to Fritz Lange Street, 9th Street West to Thomas Morris Street. As a matter of interest the people whom the streets are named after were all early pioneers of Walvis Bay. KR Thomas in honour of the late Mr Thomas, who was Magistrate of Walvis Bay from 1920 to 1925 and who appointed the Local Health Board, which was the first form of local government for Walvis Bay) in 1920 and who had been a keen advocate to establish a local fishing industry in Walvis Bay. JJ Cleverly in honour of the late Mr Cleverly, who was the second Magistrate of Walvis Bay between 1891 and 1901 and facilitated the building and operation of the first railway line in the entire Namibia in 1899 (between the Port and Plum). H de Waard in honour of the late Mr De Waard, who was the very first Town Clerk of Walvis Bay and who was appointed to that position on 20 June 1931.

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Frank Guthrie in honour of the late Mr Guthrie, who was the 3rd Magistrate of Walvis Bay between 1901 and 1903 and who induced the Cape Government to install the first water condensing plant for residents of the settlement of Walvis Bay. Thomas Morris in honour of the late Mr Morris who together with Mr Dixon, was the first permanent white settler in Walvis Bay in October 1843, and who operated a trading post (shop) at Sandfontein (the current Kuisebmond) and also a cattle post next to the Swakop River. Peter Dixon in honour of the late Mr Dixon, who, together with Mr Thomas, were the first permanent white settler in Walvis Bay in October 1843, and who operated a trading post (shop) at Sandfontein (the current Kuisebmond) and also a cattle post next to the Swakop River.

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Paul Vincent in honour of the late Mr Vincent, who was the founder of the Namib Times newspaper in 1958 and who had played a huge role in the community of Walvis Bay.

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Fritz Lange in honour of the late Mr Lange, who was an engineer with the Municipality for many years and who was actively involved in community affairs, as well as being the Commodore of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club for many years.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

‘I Will Give the Quota to the Workers’ says Fisheries Minister

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one, too,” the Minister urged the industry during his address. Value Addition The Ministry has introduced the requirement that 2% of the Horse Mackerel TAC be directed to the Horse Mackerel cannery as part of the Horse Mackerel value addition canning initiative under the 2014 quota allocations. Investment in the Industry During 2013 about N$212 million was invested, of which N$187 million was invested in one fishery alone. This ranges from vessels purchased and cold storage to dry plants, etc. Social Economic Contributions The fishing industry continues to share with the most vulnerable among the community through various corporate social investments (CSI) programs. During 2013 such CSI initiatives amounted to approximately N$50.8 million in the form of fish donations, school materials, monetary, sponsorship for health, scholarships, churches to name but a few. “Let us continue to care for the needy among us,” advised Esau.

Tanya Calitz The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources warned the fishing sector that he will not be subjected to their conditional requests for quota, threatening to lay off workers, but will take away their quota and give it to the workers. “Then the companies can negotiate with the workers to catch their quota,” Minister Bernard Esau said in his Annual Address to the Fishing Industry in Walvis Bay this week. “I am well aware that there was a reduction in the TAC of the Hake and it was expected that the right holders were to plan their catches within the allocated quota across the fishing season. But some failed to do so despite the request and I am receiving submissions for additional quota from some right holders, failing which, they will then lay off workers. I am deeply disappointed by such additional requests and wish to make it categorically clear, once again, that the decision to set the TAC’s was arrived at after taking into consideration scientific recommendation and advice from the Advisory Council,” he stated. In his speech the minister gave a thorough overview of the fishing industry, highlighted some challenges to overcome and put emphasis on aquaculture. The value of fish and fish products for 2012 is estimated to be around N$5,205 billion while GDP contribution is put at 3.7% and 3.9 % for 2011 and 2012 respectively. Despite a decline in TAC for some species the contribution of the fisheries sector to GDP generally showed upward trend and is forecasted to slightly improve for 2013 at the back of global economic recovery. The preliminary landings of quota species for 2013/14 fishing season amounted to 519 606 metric tons. Extension and Evaluation of Fishing Rights 25 fishing rights have been extended, with four in Hake, seven in Horse mackerel, five in Small Pelagic, four in Large Pelagic, two in Crab, one in Seals and two in Line Fish. The Minister highlighted that the right holders must please honour the conditions to these extended exploration rights. Granting of Experimental Rights The minister has granted a number of experimental rights during 2013, of two years each. They were for Jellyfish, Chubb Mackerel and Kingklip. About this the minister urged the license holders to please send through a report on the projects. When queried about what people would want to use Jellyfish for, the minister replied, “Who knows, perhaps for cosmetics or maybe they discovered that it can be used as fertiliser. We will only know once these license holders report back to the Ministry.” Outstanding Quota Related Fees The only area that remains a major concern is that fact that the fishing industry owes the Ministry still huge sums of money, which are payments made to the Marine Resources Fund. “Please let us work together on this

Employment Fisheries remain one of the main contributors to socioeconomic advancement among Namibians through provision of employment opportunities. According to the Ministry’s employment verification report of 2013, employment figure stood at 13 380. According to the Minister, this compares favourably with the Ministry’s five-year plan target to reach 13 854 employment by 2013 for the sector. Esau showed himself positive: “We are only 478 jobs short against plan, which I am confident we can easily [catch up] over [the] next 1218 months.” Labour Unrest 2013 also witnessed some labour unrest in the industry. This is normally caused by dissatisfaction with salaries/wages, general fringe benefits and not conducive working environment, according to the Minister. “I would like to encourage all parties, namely the Fishing Industry and the Trade Unions, to work together and resolve all unsatisfactory issues before they turn into disputes, or where it is gone too far already, follow process of dispute resolution,” he said. EU Measures Prohibiting the Importing and Marketing of Seal Products The seal dispute is still on-going and the outcome of this dispute will be shared with the industry in due course. The Ministry is positive that the Namibian side is commensurate with international best practise and believes that ultimately, they should find a lasting solution.

comments on the official website for the development. The apartment interiors are fitted with designer furniture, fully fitted kitchens, build in cupboards, state of the art plasma television sets with home theatre systems and satellite television channels. In addition, the plans indicate that a private balcony, comprising a wooden deck, with a built-in braai area will be surrounding each unit, offering a sea and desert view. Various local estate agencies are selling these apartments with prices starting at approximately

N$4.5 million per unit. J&B Estates say that the prices go up from floor to floor. The top floor of the building will constitute a view deck with an entertainment area whereas the bottom floor constitutes a hospitality section with a rim pool overlooking the ocean where one can sip cocktails as the sun sets. Basement parking will supply apartment owners with a double garage for each unit. This luxury oasis in the desert surely is a solid long-term investment for all those who crave stylish seaside living.

State of the Marine Environment Data on the marine environment for 2013 indicates that sea surface temperatures off central and northern Namibia showed a mix between negative anomalies and positive anomalies since October 2012. In addition, upwelling favourable winds off Luderitz continued to be well under the long-term average, with only a few months showing higher than average winds. Off central and northern Namibia, chlorophyll-a levels, which are often used as an indicator of food availability for fish, slightly increased from the very low levels measured in 2010/2011. Low oxygen conditions were quite extensive during the 2013 summer, but re-oxygenation of the water column started during the past year, which could have sent alarm bells ringing as to the state of our marine environment and the resources. “We trust that this trend continues in the future,” Esau stated.

Murdered Girl Found in Dunes

In conclusion the minster said that despite the challenges the industry faced, he was very pleased about the good attitude of the majority of fishing companies and their compliance. “We are all tied to a collective vision and common destiny which aims to transform the economy of our country. Your success is our success,” he concluded.

to be carried out in order to ascertain the cause of death. He did however state that despite the lack of visible wounds the police definitely suspect that the woman was murdered. At the time of going to press the police confirmed that they do have a

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suspect, though for obvious reason are not releasing any details as that would hamper the chances of successful arrest. This murder comes on the one-week anniversary of a National Day of Prayer called upon by the Government in an effort to address gender based violence.


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Minister Katali Urges Power Affordable Industry to be Innovative Housing for Low Tanya Calitz

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At the annual AEDU conference hosted by Erongo Red at the Rossmund Golf Estate outside Swakopmund, the Minister of Mines and Energy announced that the electricity industry needs to come up with sustainable and new innovative+6.85 ways to generate power, in order to alleviate the pressure Namibia faces with supplying electricity. “The theme of 'Innovative Electricity' indicates the intention here today to move the industry towards an innovative viewpoint and create an excitement to take on the challenges throughout the industry. All stakeholders in the Electricity Supply Industry are aware of the current challenges facing the industry, and being innovative has become a viable option to ensure the industry can comply with requirements set for it. Issues at hand include ensuring adequate generation capacity, adequate networks to transmit and distribute power, Demand Side management, and effective control over the industry, pricing of electricity and ensuring a good standard of service to the customer,” Minister Isak Katali said at the conference. The conference also featured several other guest speakers discussing ideas on creating a more sustainable energy generating society. Also at the conference was Proff Johan Rens from the North-West University discussing Power Quality research, EMCON Consulting Group shared some insight into the world of Hybrid Generation Plant Performance and Syntell on Power vending options in Namibia. Generation in the Southern African Region has become strained and prompted the implementation of new projects to ensure adequacy towards the future. Due to the long lead times for

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conventional Generation Projects, alternatives were identified, such as PV Solar Generation, Wind power and small scale hydro. “These are renewable energy generation technologies that offer faster implementation to help cover the short term shortfalls until such time when the larger conventional generation plants can be completed. It also offers the customer an opportunity to engage in generation together with their additional resources of financing, space and short implementation times,” Katali said. Kudu Gas has been identified as the conventional generation plant of choice for implementation and has its estimated completion date

towards 2018. “In addition, the National Resource Plan Project is coming to a close and investigated all Generation Options in Namibia and will guide Namibia towards the next conventional generation option to be implemented. A large amount of ground work has therefore been completed over the past few years to allow a structured and well thought through plan to be implemented,” Katali said. The national utility, NamPower, is also constantly engaging in power purchase options in the SADC region to ensure an adequate supply of power to customers in Namibia and will continue to do so until the own generation is able to carry the electrical load in Namibia.

Siglinde de Villiers In the light of the exorbitant house prices scaling the market, a new N$20 million development project in Walvis Bay finally brings affordable housing closer to the pockets of coastal residents with a low income. A brand new block of apartments, called Edelweiss Heights, is being built by Visser and Du Toit Property Trust in conjunction with J N Smit in Hermes. “We are developing the property to its full potential and the building will look really beautiful when it is finished. We hope that it will upgrade the Hermes residential area as well as increase its overall value,” Jacu Smit, one of the developers said. According to a resident of the area, the property previously housed a shop and a collection of flats which were in a very dilapidated condition. “The place did not look appealing before, but the developers came to the rescue and I can hardly wait to see what the finished building will look like!” she exclaimed. Edelweiss Heights is a threestory apartment block comprising 42 units. According to Smit, all units have a modern open plan style and a bathroom. “Some units have one and others have two bedrooms, each being 46m² and 56m² respectively. Other than that, each unit has built in cupboards, a fitted kitchen and a balcony,” he

PROPOSED ELEVATIONS

LANGER HEINRICH URANIUM (PTY) LTD A Member of the Paladin Energy Ltd Group of Companies (An Equal Opportunity Employer)

Invites suitably qualified and committed self driven candidates to apply for the following MINE SITE / TOWN OFFICE position for long term employment in SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA.

Department:

The objective of the Engineering Department at Langer Heinrich Uranium is to continuously improve and support the production process by safely ensuring high availabilities and reliabilities at optimum cost.

PLANNING ASSISTANT

Purpose:

The Planning Section in the Maintenance and Engineering Department is looking for a motivated individual to perform specialized administrative duties with emphasis on the updating of technical information on the Enterprise Asset Management System.

added. He continued to explain that as developers they want to combine quality finishes with a modern look, giving people good value for their money. For this, they designed the kitchen, lounge and bathroom to have glazed tile surfaces and bedroom floors covered carpet layers. The shop will occupy the corner of the complex. “We did not want to take the shop out of the area, partly because of the commercial rights of the property,” Smit explained. “Also, it's close and easy accessible if someone quickly needs some milk, bread or eggs. Most people here also struggle with transport, and its far to walk to town." In addition to the shop, the ground floor will contain eight garages as well as underground basement parking for the residents of Edelweiss Heights. “What excites me the most about this project is that, considering that most housing is extremely expensive, we intended it for the low income groups out there,” Smithousing stated. A affordable two bedroom unit will sell for under NS515 000 and a one bedroom unit under N$465 000. Needless to say, all units are sold already. “I wish I could obtain more such properties for similar projects, for now we can house an extra 42 families. It will also allow me to create more work for my employees so that I can keep them busy. At the end of the day it will have a ripple effect and improve the economy of Walvis Bay,” Smit concluded.

Main Responsibilities:

+6.85 Manual distribution of work orders Historical and manpower feedback Data input into Maintenance management system Generation of preformatted reports from OnKey Database Collection of process and other relevant data Formatting and collection of data on spreadsheet, reports and Graphs Basic Departmental Administration with technical record keeping and document control

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Minimum Grade 12 (20points) with English Higher and Mathematics. Tertiary education in Administration / Data Processing Field will be an advantage. Excellent computer skills with minimum 3 years working knowledge of MS Excel and Word. An interest in the Technical / Mining Environment.

Benefits: A comprehensive market related package for the ideal competent candidate.

CLOSING DATE: 28 MARCH 2014

ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted and should be prepared to undergo relevant interviews, medical & psychometric assessments in Swakopmund. Previously disadvantaged Namibians meeting the above criteria are encouraged to apply. Interested and suitably qualified candidates are to submit a Comprehensive CV with certified copies ALL relevant Supporting documentation by email to Careers@lhupl.com Tel: +264 64 413450

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Municipality of Walvis Bay

Notice is hereby given in terms of section 63(2)(b) of the Local Authorities Act, 1992 (Act 23/1992), as amended, that the Council of the Municipality of Walvis Bay intends to sell, by private transaction, the following General Residential II to Namibia Ship Chandlers Limited:

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Errf 6577 Kuisebmond

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1901m2

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General Residential II

LANGER HEINRICH URANIUM (PTY) LTD A Member of the Paladin Energy Ltd Group of Companies (An Equal Opportunity Employer)

Purchase Price N$855,450.00

An additional amount of N$85,545.00 is to be paid for landscaping and the establishment of green belts is to be paid. Full particulars pertaining to the sale will lie for inspection by interested persons until Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at room 30, Municipal Offices, Kuisebmond. For more information Ms S Mupupa can be contacted at telephone (064) 2013294 during office hours. Written objections, duly motivated, to the intended transaction must be received by the undersigned before or at 12:00 Monday, 7 April 2014

Invites suitably qualified and committed self driven candidates to apply for the following MINE SITE / TOWN OFFICE position for long term employment in SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA.

Department:

The SHR Department of Langer Heinrich Uranium is focused to ensure that the Langer Heinrich Mine has reliable and effective Safety, Health, Radiation and Security systems, which is internalized by its staff and stakeholders. Compliance with all Safety, Health, Environmental and Radiation laws and regulations is the foundation on which we build our performance. Safety is our core value and we place a strong emphasis on training, hazard identification, risk assessment and risk management.

A Victor General Manager: Community & Economic Development Municipal Offices Civic Centre, Nangolo Mbumba Drive Private Bag 5017 Walvis Bay, Fax: (064) 209714

Municipality of Walvis Bay

Notice is hereby given in terms of section 63(2)(b) of the Local Authorities Act, 1992 (Act23/1992), as amended, the Council of the Municipality of Walvis Bay intends to sell, by private transaction, the following Ervens 1630 & 1789 Walvis Bay to Ivo De Gouveia.

Description

Ervens 1630 & 1789 Walvis Bay

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4177m2

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Business

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N$4 382 750.00 plus 15% Vat N$657 412.50

Purpose:

The incumbent, reporting to the Safety, Training and Services Superintendent will be responsible for the monitoring, coaching, training of employee and contractor personnel to ensure compliance with all aspects of the Langer Heinrich Uranium Safety Health and Radiaiton Management System and applicable legislation. Additionally your role will include delivering, assessing and developing training and assessment materials, producing and maintaining safety, health and training documentation.

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An additional amount of N$438 275.00 is to be paid for landscaping and the establishment green belt.

Full particulars pertaining to the sale will lie for inspection by interested persons until Webnesday 26 March 2014 at room 30, Municipal Offices, Kuisebmond. For more information Ms S Mupupa can be contacted at telephone (064) 201 3294 during office hours.

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Written objections, fully motivated, to the intended transaction must be recieved by the undersigned before or at 12:00 Monday 31 March.

A Victor General Manager: Community & Economic Development Municipal Offices Civic Centre, Nangolo Mbumba Drive Private Bag 5017 Walvis Bay, Fax: (064) 209714

SAFETY & TRAINING ADVISOR

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Assist with the implementation of the S&H Management System and monitor compliance thereto. Ensure compliance with the Safety and Health Legislation. Use and analyze information from occupation hygiene monitoring equipment e.g. noise, dust, photometer etc Input relevant data into Safety & Hygiene data base. Facilitate, coordinate and support site safety and health incident investigations and follow-up Interact with employees and contractors to promote and create a culture that safety is a value and will never be compromised Complete internal OHS audits/inspections and participate in OHS external audits Monitor action recording and close out from incidents, investigations, audits, planned inspections, safety meetings and conduct action verification to the required standard. Daily and periodic work area inspections Develop, revise, review and issue safety, health and training related documents e.g. permits Attend and conduct daily pre-start and tool box meetings Attend and participate in regular departmental meetings. Provision of advice, strategies and problem solving to the site and contractor personnel on all safety and health matters. Participate in site and contractor Risk Management Process / analysis requirements. Check periodically that the safety notice boards are in place and up to date.

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Grade 12 (minimum 20 points) Minimum 3 years’ safety experience in the mining sector Working knowledge/certificate of ISO 18001 or SAMTRAC Training or NEBOSH Proven track record with NOSA integrated 5 Star System CMB 253 OR CMB 262 OR CMB 300 would be an advantage Emergency Response management training, Risk Assessment training and other related safety training would be an advantage Being familiar with Namibian legislation and its applications pertaining to Occupational Health and Safety Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills Computer literacy in Microsoft Office – Must have experience in the development of power point presentations Valid code 08 driver’s license

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Safety, Health and Security consciousness Good quality control and assurance skills, attention to detail Problem solving skills Well-developed verbal, written and presentation skills Technical capability Safety Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills Computer literacy in Microsoft Office – Must have experience in the development of power point presentations Valid code 08 driver’s license

CLOSING DATE: 28 MARCH 2014 ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted and should be prepared to undergo relevant interviews, medical & psychometric assessments in Swakopmund. Previously disadvantaged Namibians meeting the above criteria are encouraged to apply. Interested and suitably qualified candidates are to submit a Comprehensive CV with certified copies ALL relevant Supporting documentation by email to Careers@lhupl.com Tel: +264 64 413450


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Walvis Bay Port Expansion to Benefit Local Community

Siglinde de Villiers On Thursday, Manica’s Talent Development Centre hosted a breakfast for the coastal business community where the Chief Executive Officer of Namport addressed a high profile audience from diverse business sectors about the port developments in Walvis Bay and their implications for the local community.

Bisey Uirab, CEO of Namport, highlighted that the N$3 billion mega expansion project will drastically increase Walvis Bay Port’s throughput capacity, making it a gateway to the world for the SADC region. Also, the development of an industrial park as well as extensive urban development for Walvis Bay is envisaged, which will support and increase the trade and economic activity of the town. In

addition, more job opportunities will be created as well as the demand for training, improving the skills base at the coast. At present, the port is facing numerous challenges. “We are boxed in by the lagoon, town and fishing industry,” Uirab commented. "This limits our handling capacity, for currently, we cannot accommodate large scale bulk and break bulk cargo volumes. This affects our economy, for even though Namibia is rich in mineral deposit that could be exported via deep water seaport, we do not have the facilities for it. "Uirab also mentioned that the port cannot physically expand without major land reclamation, which is an expensive task in itself. Uirab explained that in the past seven years, Namibia’s port facilities have improved from 102 out of 148 countries to 72nd. This also accounts for Namport being named the winner of the Best Port in Africa Awards in 2012 due to its operational efficiency and effectiveness. “The new port expansion is an initiative to invest ahead of the fast growing demand, turning the Walvis Bay harbour into a world class port,” Uirab said. At the completion of the project envisaged for 2017, Namibia would become a mega logistics park where Namport is the preferred African West Coast port for southern and central African logistics operations. “The north port development will have a total of 1330ha for port activities compared to the current

105ha. This will be a massive increase in the port’s cargo handling capacity,” Uirab laid out. Other features will include a world class ship and rig repair yard plus an oil and gas supply base. “At the moment, we only have EBH and the Syncrolift for ship repair, and they and fully booked well in advance. Thus we are looking into providing a space for more repair operations to be outsourced to other stakeholders,” Uirab explained. The new developments will allow four times more capacity for importing and exporting fuel. The new port expansion will create numerous jobs. “All jobs that can be done by Namibians, will be given to Namibians,” Uirab stated. Namport will ensure that Namibians get involved and foreigners will not be doing their work. Even though higher level inputs require the skills of foreigners due to the shortcomings Namport faces, these will be teamed up with Namibian citizens to teach and transfer those skills. Uirab stated that a feasibility study for a better Marina development is underway. “We want to put up a proper waterfront that is modern but still retains the African feel,” he explained. According to Uirab, Namport is still busy with designs and equipment at the moment, but construction is due to start in March 2014. “When the developments are done we will be one of the biggest bulk export facilities in the region,” an excited Uirab concluded.

New Board Members

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Observer Agency

On Wednesday, the Honorable Minister of Fisheries, Bernhard Esau, officially inaugurated the new members of the Fisheries Observer Agency (FOA). Esau encouraged the FOA members to work as a team and be guided by the Marine Resources

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10 | International Women's Month

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Namib Independent celebrates ...

MARCH 2014

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Women Who Have Changed the World In celebration of Women’s Month, the Namib Independent decided to pay a tribute to some of the most amazing, influential and brave women who played a huge role in changing the world. Some of these women bravely fought for the rights we as women enjoy today. Sappho ( c 570 BC) One of the first published female writers. Much of her poetry has been lost but her immense reputation has remained. Plato referred to Sappho as one of the great ten poets.

Cleopatra 69 - 30 BC The last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt. Cleopatra sought to defend Egypt from the expanding Roman Empire. In doing so she formed relationships with two of Rome’s most powerful leaders, Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar. Mary Magdalene 4 BC 40AD Accounts from the Gospels and other sources suggest Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’ most devoted followers. Mary Magdalene stood near Jesus at his crucifixion and was the first to see his resurrection. Joan of Arc 1412-1431 The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc, inspired a French revolt against the occupation of the English. An unlikely heroine; at the age of just 17, the diminutive Joan successfully led the French to victory at Orleans. Her later trial and martyrdom only heightened her mystique. Mary Wollstonecraft 17591797 Mary Wollstonecraft wrote the most significant book in the early feminist movement. Her tract “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” laid down a clear moral and practical basis for extending human and political rights to women. - A true pioneer in the struggle for female suffrage. Margaret Fuller 1810-1850 Mary Wollstonecraft wrote the most significant book in the early feminist movement. Her tract “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” laid down a clear moral and practical basis for extending human and political rights to women. - A true pioneer in the struggle for female suffrage.

Harriet Beecher Stowe 18111896 Harriet Beecher Stowe was a lifelong anti-slavery campaigner. Her novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a best seller and helped to popularise the anti-slavery campaign. Abraham Lincoln would later remark her books were a major factor behind the American civil war.

Simone de Beauvoir 19081986 Simone de Beauvoir was one of the leading existentialist philosophers of the Twentieth Century. Her book “The Second Sex” depicted the traditions of sexism that dominated society and history. It was a defining book for the feminist movement.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) Elizabeth Stanton was a social activist and leading figure in the early women's rights movement. She was a key figure in helping create the early women's suffrage movements in the US. She was the principle author of 'Declaration of Sentiments' in 1848.

Dorothy Hodgkin 1910-1994 Awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin worked on critical discoveries of the structure of both penicillin and later insulin. These discoveries led to significant improvements in health care. An outstanding chemist, Dorothy also devoted a large section of her life to the peace movement and promoting nuclear disarmament.

Florence Nightingale 18201910 By serving in the Crimean war, Florence Nightingale was instrumental in changing the role and perception of the nursing profession. Her dedicated service won widespread admiration and led to a significant improvement in the treatment of wounded soldiers. Emily Dickinson 1830 – 1886 One of America’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson lived most of her life in seclusion. Her poems were published posthumously and received widespread literary praise for their bold and unconventional style. Her poetic style left a significant legacy on 20th Century poetry. Emmeline Pankhurst 18581928 A British suffragette, Emily Pankhurst dedicated her life to the promotion of women’s rights. She explored all avenues of protest including violence, public demonstrations and hunger strikes. She died in 1928, two weeks before a law ,giving all women over 21 the right to vote, was passed.

Marie Curie 1867-1934 Marie Curie was the first women to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it for two separate categories. Her first award was for research into radioactivity (Physics 1903). Her second Nobel prize was for Chemistry in 1911. A few years later she also helped develop the first X-ray machines.

Betty Friedan 1921-2006 Betty Friedan was a leading feminist figure of the 1960s. Her book “The Feminine Mystique” became a best seller and received both lavish praise and intense criticism. Betty Friedan campaigned for an extension of female rights and an end to sexual discrimination. Margaret Thatcher 1925 2013 The first female Prime minister of Great Britain, Mrs Thatcher defined a decade. In particular she is remembered for her emphasis on individual responsibility and belief in free markets. She developed close relationships with Ronald Reagan in the US, but was more sceptical of European integration. Benazir Bhutto 1953 - 2007 Benazir Bhutto was the first female prime minister of a Muslim country. She helped to move Pakistan from a dictatorship to democracy, becoming Prime Minister in 1988. She sought to implement social reforms, in particular helping women and the poor. She was assassinated in 2007. Malala Yousafzai (born 1997 ) Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education. She survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global advocate for women's rights, especially the right to education.


Lifestyle | 11

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Pregnancy Test, Result Turns Out Positive

A man getting a positive result on a pregnancy test is no laughing matter, it turns out. A funny post on the popular social news site Reddit soon turned into a serious health issue regarding cancer – and may have saved one man’s life. Reddit user CappnPoopdeck posted a comic last week joking about his friend's experience taking a pregnancy test, which tested positive. But amid the ribbing comments, one user struck a serious tone. “If this is true, you should check yourself for testicular cancer. Seriously,” Reddit user goxilo wrote. Home pregnancy tests are designed to detect the hormone human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG, which is produced by the developing placenta that will help nourish a foetus after conception. Rising levels of the hormone can be found in a woman's blood or urine, making it an ideal way to detect pregnancy. But the hormone is also put out by certain kinds of testicular tumours. CappnPoopdeck's friend got tested soon after the Reddit post was made, and doctors found a very small tumour in his right testicle. One of the advantages of using hormone screenings to look for cancer is that elevated markers like hCG can alert doctors to tumours that are too small to be detected with other methods like computed tomography, or CT, scans. In an update, CapnPoopdeck was conflicted, writing, “I'm sad he might lose a nut, while I'm also amazed a pregnancy test picked up a tumour and happy it was caught early, all at the same time.” Eventually, the user posted a second

post to Reddit, saying his unnamed friend went to the doctor and did indeed have a small testicular tumour. According to the user, the tumour is easily treatable since it was found early. While most cases of testicular cancer require orchiectomy, or the removal of a testicle, one British study of 33 men with advanced germ cell tumours found that chemotherapy alone was enough to eradicate the cancer in 64 percent of the patients who had a certain kind of cancer called “pure seminomatous,” characterised by tumours with large round cells. “It may not be necessary to undertake delayed orchiectomy in these patients,” the researchers wrote in the journal Clinical Oncology in April 2008. Human chorionic gonadotropin is not the only molecule secreted by testicular tumours. Other common markers include alpha-fetoprotein, present in about 90 percent of testicular germ cell cancers, and lactate dehydrogenase, an enzyme that can also be a sign of meningitis, human immunodeficiency virus, and acute pancreatitis if elevated levels are present. Not all testicular and prostate tumours will secrete hCG, so a negative result on a pregnancy test for a man doesn't necessarily mean there's no cause for worry. So, if you're growing a moustache for Movember to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancers, remember to also check yourself regularly, with or without a pregnancy test. Sources: http://www.foxnews.com and http://www.ibtimes.com

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Effective HIV Vaccine Comes Closer to Reality Scientists have discovered how the immune system makes a powerful antibody that blocks HIV infection of cells by targeting a key site, paving way for an effective vaccine for the deadly virus. Researchers believe that if a vaccine could elicit potent antibodies to a specific conserved site in the V1V2 region of the virus, one of a handful of sites that remains constant on the fast-mutating virus, then the vaccine could protect people from HIV infection. Analyses of the results of a clinical trial of the only experimental HIV vaccine to date to have modest success in people suggest that antibodies to sites within V1V2 were protective. The new findings point the way towards a potentially more effective vaccine that would generate V1V2-directed HIV neutralising antibodies, researchers said. The study was led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Scientists began by identifying an HIV-infected volunteer who naturally developed V1V2-directed HIV neutralising

antibodies, named CAP256VRC26, after several months of infection. Using techniques similar to those employed in an earlier study of HIV-antibody co-evolution, the researchers analysed blood samples donated by the volunteer between 15 weeks and for years after becoming infected. This enabled the scientists to determine the genetic make-up of the original form of the antibody; to identify and define the structures of a number of the intermediate forms taken as the antibody mutated towards its fullest breadth and potency. It also allowed them to describe the interplay between virus

and antibody that fostered the maturation of CAP256-VRC26 to its final, most powerful HIV fighting form. The study showed that after relatively few mutations, even the early intermediates of CAP256VRC26 can neutralise a significant proportion of known HIV strains. This improves the chances that a V1V2-directed HIV vaccine developed based on the new findings would be effective, according to scientists, who have begun work on a set of vaccine components designed to elicit V1V2 neutralising antibodies and guide their maturation. Source: http://indianexpress.com


12 | We've Got Mail

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Christianity Brought Gender Prayer Day - Shocking Advert by Government Based Violence Please allow me a space in your paper to air my view on the declaration of prayers days declared by the president. As a non-Christian fellow I am shocked and dismayed to learn that the leaders of a secular state took a bias decision to declare a state of emergency through forcing people to perform Christian rituals by having prayer days at the expense of other indigenous religions and also other similar foreign religions like Christianity. Christianity has been brought by oppressors and colonisers and its operation and articulation is of oppressing nature to all native religions. Therefore, the head of state, who is the principal head and the protector of the constitution, today he is destroying the constitution under his own feet and oppressing other native religions and other fellow foreign religions with Christianity. As a non-Christian Namibian I thought His Excellency, the President, will declare a religion day where he will call upon all the religions irrespective of their origins either foreign like Christianity, or others and the Native and indigenous religions like; Holyfire. People must

not forget that Christians are preaching on a daily basis that woman have been created by the creator from rib of a man, thus making a woman a second class from man therefore that's why man treat woman like their subjects or something they have manufactured. A few days ago, the President returned a holy and spiritual stone from Finland and handed it over to the traditional leader. They took that stone to advance their religious agenda in the absence of the stone. Until Christianity changed their way preaching about woman the GBV will remain active because they say 95 percent of Namibians are Christians, thus probability will tell you the GBV perpetrators are Christians because they are implementing the sermon of the day. Now we force again to pray in order to put more pressure and encourage man to kill woman. As a non-Christian man, I request the president to declare 6 March 2014, a national mourning day and request all men and women to go back to their religions and perform their rituals. From: Omupwee of Holifire. (Okuruuo).

Walvis Parks: A Sight for Sore Eyes To the Editor; I am very disgusted with our Municipality for allowing Walvis Bay to degrade regarding its parks. Let me start with JC Harris Park. That used to be this town's pride and joy with wonderful flowers in bloom all year round. A place to take wedding photos and have slow Sunday strolls. I remember we used to speak in lowered voices to not disturb the calm mood in the park and maybe because of the memorial monument in the centre. It was competition for Swakopmund - our only competition for the beautiful Swakopmund at that stage. It looks neglected and dull now; never visited anymore. Just another seat for vagrants? I used to play in a park, beautifully lush and welcoming, near my home in the lagoon area - that park looks like it is being allowed to die on purpose. My brothers and I spent all our playtime there - the lawns were like magical thick carpets under one's bare feet. Then there is our park. My goodness gracious me! When the property was bought a year ago there was an open space resembling a park - neglected, but still. Some people actually walked their dogs there. Now it

is a dump and then that stinking sewage station was built right across from the property. It is depressing to firstly come home to the stink and secondly having to live in an area that now, after a year of being there, look like a 3rd world area, only being used by not so pleasant people and the odd school child out for a ‘skelm’ smoke. Why in the world, with all the grey water to our disposal, can the municipality not give us decent parks which as far as I am concerned, is priced into our rates and taxes and therefor a basic right and expectation. Why can all the parks and public areas in Swakopmund be beautified and only some areas of Walvis Bay get attention? For the tourists? They do not live

here and they do not PAY for amenities. We, as citizens of this town, deserve to be able to enjoy our surroundings since we continually pay for it. Is the management of our municipality part of that piece of the population that does not allow a tree or a sprig of grass to grow in their villages and now we have to live the same? We are living between tar and concrete and as a deserving community we want decent parks to add balance to our urban lives. Parks to be pleasing to all the senses, mostly our sight. The municipality must PLEASE not say it costs too much. I will throw a tantrum. They can pay for our road (another issue!) to be scraped on a PUBLIC HOLIDAY at double rates, when all the residents are home from work and school, but not maintain our parks - where is the sense in that? Who is on what kickback system here? It is time that our municipal managers act as the public servants they are and deliver service. With pride. Not as if they are God's gift to mankind. A Disgruntled Resident

Dear Editor, I am utterly appalled by the advert the Namibian Government placed in one of the National papers last week, on the Gender Based Violence (GBV). I should in actual fact make this an open letter to government. I have also sent you a copy of the advert / poem the government placed. First and foremost, it has to be said that whoever proof read or wrote that piece on Gender Based Violence seems to know nothing about grammar. The sentences, which do not really make any sense, simply run into each other. No full stops or commas anywhere. Another very disturbing thing is the fact that our government has not come up with a single solution to tackle this disgraceful killing of our women, apart from organising a national prayer day. It must be said that I myself am Christian, and not to be weak in my faith, but how is declaring a prayer day solving anything? The churches, schools and religious institutions can surely organise prayer days over the weekends, while government come together to find a practical real solution to the GBV. Not to mention that the former president condemned the perpetrators of GBV by proclaiming violence against them.

How can we as a developing country move forward and mature on an intellectual level, when our government clearly lacks in this regard. How can we claim that we are a civilised nation if we want to solve issues by above mentioned methods? The government not only embarrassed themselves by putting out such a statement, but the country as a whole. God forbid that the rest of the world get their hands on that advert. I suggest that the different ministries and government come together and sit around a table and find real solutions to the GBV. Get the Ministry of Gender Equality to conduct a survey and speak to both the victims and perpetrators of GBV to get to the core of the issue. Get to the core of it and then tackle the issues in a civilised and lawful manner. Educate people, inform them and empower women so that they will raise their daughters and sons to not tolerate this kind of violence. Get in experts from outside to help government come up with viable solutions, and get guidance from other governments / countries who have overcome GBV issues etc, and while you are at it, for the love of God, please consult professionals before you put out such a terribly conceived advert. A Louw


Worldwide News | 13

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W orldwide Family Hallucinates

Oil Rig Worker Claims to have Seen Missing After Eating LSD-Tainted Meat Malaysian Plane

Police are investigating an incident involving a Tampa, Fla., family who reported having hallucinations after eating meat found to be tainted with LSD last week. The family of four, including Rosado Morales, who was nine months pregnant, and husband Ronnie Morales bought the packaged bottom round steak, supplied by Cargill, from a Wal-Mart in Tampa. "We know our customers expect safe, quality food and we require our suppliers to meet the highest of food safety standards," said the store in a statement. "It’s unclear where and how the food was tampered with or if the tampering occurred after purchase." The store is reviewing surveillance tapes to see if the

contamination happened at the store. After eating the meat last Monday, Ronnie became ill, and shortly after, Rosado and her husband were hospitalised. The two daughters, 6 and 7, said they experienced hallucinations. The family was released from the hospital later in the week. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office released tests Friday that showed the meat was contaminated with LSD. Wal-Mart is cooperating with the investigation and has pulled all of the product from store shelves, but there's no word on how the drug came into contact with the meat. Source: http://www.latimes.com

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An oil rig worker working off the south-eastern coast of Vietnam claims to have witnessed the crash of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. In an email sent to his employer, which was acquired, confirmed, and then shared by the ABC journalist Bob Woodruff, the man says, "I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines plane come down. The timing is right." Vietnamese officials received the email from the oil rig worker who says he spotted a burning object off the coast of SE Vietnam. Vietnamese officials reportedly confirmed they got the letter, but found nothing in the water. He describes seeing what he believes to be the plane burning — in one piece — at high altitude, flying perpendicular to the standard plane routes that cross over the area. "From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary, or going away from our location," he writes. Authorities expanded the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane to 27,000 square miles on Wednesday after reports that flight 370 may have changed directions before disappearing from radar. Search teams initially combed over the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam for any clues as to what may have happened to the missing aircraft that was carrying 239 people. However, a source inside the Malaysian military said Tuesday that the plane switched directions and headed west, prompting search teams to look in a whole new direction. Malaysian air force Chief Gen. Rodzali Daud reportedly said military radar had spotted the jet over the Strait of Malacca. Hours later, however, Malaysian authorities are now casting doubt on this theory after Daud retracted his report, saying, "I wish to state that I did not make any such statements." Daud's waffling seems to be part of a trend in the search for flight 370. Every lead that Malaysian authorities have chased has turned up nothing but confusion. This is partly why Phan Quy Tieu, Vietnam's vice minister of transportation, told reporters on Wednesday that the country was pulling back on its hunt until Malaysia had something solid to go on from here. So far, he said, the information provided is "insufficient." Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that Daud on Wednesday said Malaysia's air force is still "examining

and analysing all possibilities as regards to the airliner's flight paths subsequent to its disappearance." But while Vietnam is scaling back, Japan and Indonesia are ramping up efforts. Eight members of a Japanese search team arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of two C-130 transport aircraft of the Air Self-Defence Force and two P-3C patrol planes of the Maritime SelfDefence Force. Indonesian authorities deployed its search mission over the Strait of Malacca as well. Earlier this week, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar scrubbed one of the more promising leads that the plane's disappearance may have been tied to two passengers who were traveling on stolen passports. He said 18-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29, both of whom are Iranian, boarded the Malaysia Airlines flight with stolen passports from Austria and Italy. However, authorities believe they were migrating to Europe. Days later, the search is still at square one, and the families of the missing passengers are demanding answers from Malayasian authorities, who, they believe, have more information than they're sharing. Their anxiety escalated earlier this week after they discovered their missing loved ones' phones were still ringing when they called. Nineteen families signed a joint statement, delivered to Malaysia Airlines, asking for an explanation. Why could they get through to their family members’ phones but not hear anything? However, despite hearing what they think is a connection, experts say that ringing doesn't mean the call was completed. "Family members over there are hearing the [ring] tone and they are hoping, but this is not a sign of anything. This is just how the networks work," wireless analyst Jeff Kagan told Mashable. Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was at cruising altitude, around 35,000 feet, when it dropped from radar on March 7 with no signal from pilots, which is almost unheard of in the aviation world. Authorities believe it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, but no wreckage has been recovered after a widespread search. It's extremely rare for an aircraft to suddenly vanish, without warning, during cruising altitude, as most airplane accidents occur during take-off or landing. Source: http://mashable.com


14 | Motoring

Thursday, 13 March 2014

MOTORING New C Class Merc

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includes three petrol versions and one diesel; all are turbocharged and feature latest-generation direct fuel injection. Petrol proceedings begin with a 1.6-litre in the C 180, which pushes 115kW and 250Nm, sprints to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds and sips 5.0 litres per 100km on the combined cycle - those figures claimed by Mercedes-Benz. Next up in the pecking order is a 2-litre petrol that is tuned to 135kW and 300Nm in the C 200 and 155kW/350Nm in C 250, with respective 0-100 times of 7.5 and 6.6 seconds and consumption of 5.3 litres per 100km in both cases. The sole diesel option, for now, is a 2143cc unit in the Lightweight: The larger and C 220 BlueTec, credited with 125kW and technologically-loaded 2014 400Nm, an 8.2 sec 0-100km/h sprint and C-Class aims to set new standards 4.0 l/100km thirst (or lack thereof). in its class. To that end, it comes armed with an “intelligent Air Suspension: Like traditional lightweight design concept” that 'Benzes, and unlike the CLA, power still sheds up to 100kg off the kerb goes through the back wheels, delivered weight (despite it being 95mm through a new six-speed manual or longer and 40mm wider) as well 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox. In its as a barrage of new technologies quest to offer a smoother ride and pinand a range of frugal new engines. sharp road-holding, the C-Class comes with a new suspension system, comprising New Engines: Now the menu a four-link front axle and five-link rear

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Supatronix’s Squash Doubles Open... Awesome Awesome! That’s all that can be said. It was an absolutely awesome Supatronix Doubles Open weekend. Although playing more than your week’s total quota of squash in two days can be rated awesome is unreal, but yet it was. The entries from Windhoek and Swakopmund played a big role in the success of the tournament. Play was entertaining, fierce and competitive, which finally lead to a superb final between Trevor Grane/Imanuel Amorongo and Windhoekers, Dries Tredoux/Carin Pretorius. It was a long, hard tussle lasting approximately two hours. Trev & Imanuel finally triumphed with an excellent 3-2 win to lift the Supatronix Cup and title for 2014.

In the Mixed Doubles section Dries Tredoux/Carin Pretorius beat Norbert Dorgeloh/Chantel de Gouveia, and Swakopmunders, Conrad Wagner/Wynand Labuschagne managed to beat Sharde Fisher/Stefan van Tonder to take the Men’s Plate. The final positions for the respective sections were as follows:Main Division. 1st: Trevor Grane & Imanuel Grane 2nd: Dries Tredoux & Carin Pretorius (Windhoek). 3rd: Jaco & Clifford de Witt. Plate Division. 1st: Conrad Wagner & Wynand Labuschagne (Swakopmund). 2nd: Sharde Fisher & Stefan van Tonder.

3rd: Nelson Herunga & Brian Kahengombe. Mixed Doubles Division. 1st: Dries Tredoux & Carin Pretorius (Windhoek) 2nd: Norbert Dorgeloh & Chantel de Gouveia. Ze de Britto, a bit weary after a long day's play, presented the Cups and prizes to the respective divisions and looked forward to sponsoring another successful event next year. The event was rounded off with much socialising after well enjoyed munchies. Thanks to Supatronix for their sponsorship and looking forward to next year’s competition with much gusto.

Main Cup Winners Imanuel Amorongo & Trevor Grane, centre Ze de Britto

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The Board, Management and staff of Standard Bank Namibia are delighted to welcome Mr. Vetumbuavi Junius Mungunda as the new Chief Executive of Standard Bank Namibia effective 1 April 2014

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Mr. Mungunda was previously with the local practice of Deloitte and Touché for 18 years. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr. Mungunda served 12 of these years as a Partner and the remaining seven as a Managing partner. In the last 2 years, Mr. Mungunda also held the role of Regional Managing partner of Deloitte Southern Corridor countries, which comprised Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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“I am honoured to be tasked with leading Standard Bank Namibia, with its significant financial services operations and proud 99 year history. I have accepted the appointment with excitement and profound sense of responsibility upon me,” said Mr. Mungunda. Mr. Mungunda will replace Mr. Mpumzi Pupuma who is retiring after a 37 year career with Standard Bank group including a 7 year stint as the Chief Executive of Standard Bank Namibia.


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