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Best of Namibia
BRANDING A NATION, A CITY AND ITS PEOPLE
Promoting Trade, Development, Tourism and Cultural Relations across the world

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    • V o l u m e 1
    • Best of Namibia | 1International Group Publisher Sven BoermeesterAfrica Group Publisher Thapelo LetsholoNamibia Partners Saress Investments Four Wilhencia UirasProject Manager Gia BischofbergerEditor Rebecca EbProduction GVPedia Communications ccCreative Direction iMedi8 CreativeWebmaster Liam DobellPrinting Creda PressDisclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure theaccuracy of the information in The ‘Best of Namibia” Vol.1.Neither ‘Best of Namibia’, GVPedia Communications cc norSaress Investments Four assume any responsibility for errorsor omissions. The editor reserves the right to amend and altercopy and visual material as deemed necessary.All rights reserved: No part of this publication shall bereproduced, copied, transmitted, adapted or modified in anyform or by any means. This publication shall not be stored inwhole or in part in any form in any retrieval system.Contact details:GVPedia Communications ccTel: +27 11 705 2097Fax: +27 86 586 1999Email: info@gvpedia.comwww.GVPedia.comwww.ProudlyAfrican.infoIn Partnership with:Saress Investments FourCell: +264 81 124 0247Email: wuiras@gmail.comNamibian team:Vanessa UirasDandago UirasNdeyapo JasonKahoo KandjozeBest of Namibia Volume 1We are proud to announce Best of Namibia as the latest in ourcollection of prestigious books. Namibia has continuously proveditself to be more than worthy of warranting a compilation such asthis. Not only is it one of the most peaceful countries in Africa,which enjoyed a smooth transition into democracy, but it’s also oneof the most enchanting.We have tried to capture as much of this enchantment in the pages that follow. This countryof stark contrasts has produced some magnificent imagery, which seems to tell the story of itsage-old mysticism. Namibia’s land is beautiful and fascinating and it has also yielded some ofthe most astounding diamonds in the world. Beneath the surface of her soils, lie many spoilsawaiting discovery. However, the practicality of the government is such that there is a currentongoing diversification of the economy.Tourism is held in high regard for obvious reasons, so are land cultivation, transport andshipping. The latter makes the most of the ideal situation of the country – being on the traderoute to the Cape of Good Hope, as well as having a prime linkage to South Africa, Botswana,Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola. As a result, Namibia has always strived to ensure goodrelations with their SADC counterparts and has many important foreign policies. That said,although the government highly values the vital relationships they have forged, there is aconcerted effort to ensure more economic independence instead of relying heavily on imports.The political and economic stability, coupled with the peaceful nature of the Namibian people,has resulted in the creation of a trading climate conducive to investment. In the Best of Namibiawe showcase not only the places, but the people, companies and organisations that haveearned their success. We put Namibia on show here for the world to see as a celebration for allthat the country has achieved.This ancient land is home to the world’s oldest tribe – the San. Their centuries old practices ofpreserving nature and unique mutually beneficial relationship with the flora and fauna aroundthem helped them adapt and survive in extremely harsh conditions. This relationship has leftan indelible mark on the Namibian people and all economic practices are sought in line withthe preservation of Namibia’s natural heritage – from eco-quad biking to strict regulations andrestrictions in environmental interaction. There is still work to be done but the Namibian peopleunderstand that the benefits of preserving their land will be long-lasting.We look forward to seeing the current policies and plans come to fruition in the years to comeand believe that there will be even more to celebrate in the near future.For now, enjoy the spectacular showcase – and remember that the images here are even betterup close.Thapelo Letsholo Sven Boermeester Gia Bischofberger Wilhencia UirasProudly AfricanBoosting inter-trade & culturalrelations across the continentwww.ProudlyAfrican.info
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    • Best of Namibia | 3It gives me great pleasureto introduce this beautifulproduction – Best of Namibia,a magnificent publicationwhich showcases the best intravel, lifestyle and business inNamibia.Given its geographical location in manyrespects, especially its transportationinfrastructure and integration with regionalmarkets, Namibia is undoubtedly a strategicgateway to the fast developing marketsof southern Africa – let alone its politicalstability, which is the hallmark of its socio-economic development.All industry in Namibia has been proudlybuilt with bricks of democracy, and itslaunch-pad is thus, credited to our policy ofinclusivity in ensuring that the functioningmechanisms of democracy remained well-oiled – a mantra greatly valued and highlyguarded by Namibians and acknowledgedby many others.This first edition of Best of Namibia certainlycreates a proud moment for Namibia – tosee its successes profiled in a legacyproject, as part of the globally renownedBest of series.We continue to earn our place on this globalplatform as very few others can boast of thevast natural beauty and resources whichNamibia is endowed with and is famous for.The visual showcase presented here issecond only to viewing the real spectacle ofthe country in person. The stable investmentclimate is highly favourable, owing to ourproud position as a peaceful country.It is my hope that this publication will give itsreaders what Namibia and its people haveto offer in order to better understand thewide range of opportunities that exist in thisland of wide open spaces and contrast –Namibia, the boutique country.I am therefore, delighted to be associatedwith Best of Namibia, as this publication isputting our country on show in a way thathas never been done before, with eachsector being accounted for and the playersin each industry captured through movingimagery and their personal story.I am thus, excited to introduce the first evercompilation of this kind in our country andhope that Best of Namibia will become agood ambassador of Namibia.Enjoy!Foreword by HON. DR HAGE G. GEINGOB,Minister of Trade and Industry
    • Investment and Future VisionsTraining and EducationBanking and InsuranceTravel, Tours and LeisureMedia, Marketing and FilmFinance and InvestmentChapter1 66Chapter3 96Chapter5 120Chapter2 80Chapter4 106Chapter6 128CHAPTERS4 | Best of Namibia
    • EnergyTransport and LogisticsEntrepreneurshipOil, Gas, Mining and MineralsTelecommunications and IndustryChapter7 140Chapter9 164Chapter11 183Chapter8 152Chapter10 172 Best of Namibia | 5
    • Over twenty years of Namibian independenceLittle-known Namibia, one of Africa’s mostsparsely populated nations, is also one ofthe continent’s most stable. In late March2010, Namibia’s ambassador, PatrickNandago, held a reception in Washingtonto celebrate “20 years of independence,freedom, democracy and the rule of law inour beautiful country.”Several hundred people gathered at theOmni Shoreham to help Nandago mark theoccasion – singing both “Namibia, Land ofthe Brave” and “The Star-Spangled Banner”as colour photos depicting the country’sflora and fauna flashed on large screens.Among the guests Nandago singled outfor special recognition were Susan Page,the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of statefor African affairs at the time, and ChesterCrocker, who served as U.S. assistantsecretary of state for African affairs from1981 to 1989.“In the heat of the armed liberationstruggle in Namibia, and the civil war inAngola,” said the ambassador, “Dr Crockerwas the man who developed the strategythat produced the treaties signed by Angola,Cuba and South Africa which culminated inthe ceasefire between South Africa’s UNITA(National Union for the Total Independenceof Angola) rebels and SWAPO (the South-West Africa People’s Organisation), leadingto the first democratic elections in Namibia.”South Africa’s former colony finallyobtained independence on March 21st1990, after 106 years of foreign occupation.“Since then, Namibia has held free, fairand peaceful elections every five years,with the most recent one held in November2009,” he said. “Over the years, we havewitnessed successful transfers of power,and our country is known to be one of themost democratic on the African continent.Our economic and political stability makes itan attractive location for investors.”Turning the evening into a sales pitch forhis country, Nandago explained that the fourpillars of Namibia’s economy are agriculture,mining, fishing and tourism. With only justover two-million people in a country whoseland covers 825,418 sq km, Namibia shouldbe quite wealthy. And in fact, its exports ofdiamonds, uranium, copper, gold and zincare legendary.“Namibia is faced with many challenges,including the availability of portable water,access to quality healthcare, housingand education, and the challenges ofBy Larry Luxner6 | Best of Namibia
    • unemployment, HIV-AIDS, tuberculosisand malaria,” said Nandago. “Namibia didnot escape the brunt of climate change,and for the last four years, the country haswitnessed severe drought and devastatingfloods.”Nor, he said, did the global economiccrisis spare Namibia. “But we remainhopeful that things will turn around.”As part of its strategy, the governmenthas set up the Namibia InvestmentCentre and has signed agreements withneighbouring Botswana and Zimbabweto acquire dry-port facilities in Walvis Bay,Namibia’s deep-water port on the AtlanticOcean. Angola, Zambia and the DemocraticRepublic of Congo are negotiating for similararrangements.Page, speaking on behalf of her superiorJohnnie Carson, assistant secretary of statefor African affairs, said Namibia had a lot tocelebrate on its 20th anniversary.“Since its separation from apartheid SouthAfrica in 1990, Namibia has pursued a pathof democracy and free-market economy. Ithas distinguished itself from other Africanstates by having held 10 national, regionaland local elections,” she said, noting thatNamibia is one of the 15 “focus countries”under the President’s Emergency Plan forAIDS Relief (PEPFAR). That entitles it tomore than US$100-million annually to helpNamibia “mitigate the suffering of HIV-AIDSpatients.”In September 2009, the U.S. government’sMillennium Challenge Corp. signed aUS$304.5-million compact with Namibiaaimed, among other things, at boostingthe quality of education and rectifying thecountry’s unequal distribution of income.“Now that President Hifkepunye Pohambahas been sworn in for a second term, wehope he will continue to take a strongstand against corruption and gender-based violence,” Page told the assembledguests. “The United States is seeking tobuild mutual trust in addressing the manychallenges Namibia faces, including the fightagainst HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis, and theneed to create jobs and reduce poverty.”Updated version as publishedwith permission of Larry Luxner inDiplomat Africa Volume 1 Best of Namibia | 7
    • Namibia at a GlanceSafe and hospitable, Namibia is a land of mystery and intrigue which captures theimagination with the beauty and diversity of its age-old landscape.8 | Best of Namibia
    • A geologist’s paradise, Namibia is scatteredwith fossils and unique minerals, givingone the feeling of stepping back in time,to the moment of creation. Namibia wasfirst inhabited by the ancient Khoi-Sanhunter-gatherer clan, who are the oldestdescendents of the first Homo sapiens.Their early lives are forever capturedin Africa’s largest collection of rock artpaintings in Twyfelfontein. The harshlybeautiful terrain has meant that all creationshave had to adapt and as a result, the floraand fauna are capable of withstanding harshand varying climates. The surreal landscapeof endless ochre coloured sand dunes whichtower over scattered trees and wildlife,contrasted against the crisp blue huesof the South Atlantic Ocean – make thisdreamlike country a must on every travellerslist; but more recently finding itself on thelists of international traders and investorsas a result of stringent growth plans tosustainably utilise its vast resources.Full Name: Republic of NamibiaCapital: WindhoekMotto: Unity, Liberty, JusticeNationalAnthem:Namibia, Land of the BravePresident: Hifikepunye PohambaPrime Minister: Nahas AngulaArea: 825,418km2(318,696 sq mi)Regions: Caprivi, Erongo, Hardap, Karas,Khomas, Kunene, Ohangwena,Okavango, Omaheke, Omusati,Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa.Population: 2,108,665 (2009 estimate)Main Languagespoken:EnglishRecognisedNationalLanguages:Herero, Rukwangali, Silozi,Setswana, Damara/Nama,Afrikaans, German, OshiwamboMain Religions: Christianity 90%, Indigenous10%Main exports: Diamonds, uranium, zinc, copper,lead, beef, cattle, fish, karakulpelts, grapesNaturalResources:Diamonds, uranium, zinc, gold,copper, lead, tin, fluorspar, salt,fisheries, and wildlifeMonetary unit: Namibian Dollar (NAD)The Republic of Namibia is a southernAfrican country on the South Atlantic Oceanwhich shares borders with Angola, Zambia,Botswana and South Africa. A formercolony of both Britain and Germany andlater under the control of South Africa, theNamibian War of Independence welcomedan Independent Namibia born on 21 March1990. Best of Namibia | 9
    • Namibia has relations with many countriesas part of its foreign policy as a memberstate of the UN, SADC, the AU and theCommonwealth of Nations.The ancient lands are some of the oldestinhabited lands on earth as they were hometo tribes of San hunter-gatherers.Namibia has a population of 2.1-millionpeople and a stable multi-partyparliamentary democracy. Agriculture,herding, tourism and the mining industry– including mining for gems, diamonds,uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – formthe backbone of Namibia’s economy. It isthe second least densely populated countryin the world following Mongolia.HISTORYAlthough the written history of Namibia isrelatively recent, the land itself is steepedin ancient significance. Considering thatapproximately three-quarters of globalhuman history is unaccounted for, Namibia’slands have preserved numerous accounts ofancients times – through fossils, the PetrifiedForest site, and most notably, through itsfamed rock art. Namibia’s archaeologicalevidence stretches from about 3-millionyears ago and is one of the longestsequences recognised. As a result, themajority of Namibian history is unaccountedfor in written works considering that humanshave inhabited these lands for hundreds ofcenturies; leaving archaeologists attempting10 | Best of Namibia
    • to document as much as possible.Rock art is possibly the most visible relicof prehistoric times – specifically in southernAfrica. The art of the Apollo 11 cave in theKaras region is considered as some of theearliest art found in Africa, dated to between25,500 – 23,500 BC. Situated in the HunsMountains of south-western Namibia, thesecaves were home to seven slabs of rockdepicting animal figures. The spectacularBrandberg mountain, rising to 1900m abovethe surrounding dunes, houses one of thelargest collections of rock art in the worldwith over 43,000 paintings at over 1000sites. Rock art is a major tourist attraction inNamibia, resulting in the famed Twyfelfonteinsite, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,receiving over 30,000 visitors a year.The name of the country is derived fromthe Namib Desert, considered to be theoldest desert in the world. The area wasfirst known as German South-West Africa(Deutsch-Südwestafrika), then as South-West Africa, which highlighted the colonialoccupation of Germany and South Africa –the latter as a dominion state of the BritishEmpire – before Namibia’s independence in1990.In 1884, the country became a GermanImperial protectorate and remained aGerman colony until after World War One.The League of Nations mandated thecountry to South Africa in 1920 and imposedits laws as well as South Africa’s apartheidpolicy from 1948. Best of Namibia | 11
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    • The UN took direct responsibility overSouth-West Africa in 1966 after uprisingsand resistance from African leaders. TheSouth West Africa People’s Organisation(SWAPO) was recognised as the officialrepresentative of the Namibian peoplein 1973 but stayed under South Africanadministration. After internal resistanceintensified, South Africa introduced aninterim administration in Namibia in1985, which lasted until Namibia gainedindependence from South Africa in 1990.Pre-colonial eraThe dry lands of Namibia were inhabitedin early times by San hunter-gatherers,Damara, Nama, and since about the 14thcentury AD, by immigrating Bantu whocame with the Bantu expansion from centralAfrica. The San are widely considered tohave been the first inhabitants of this land.In 1485, the first European disembarkedand explored the region, namely Portuguesenavigator Diogo Cão. Bartolomeu Diasfollowed in 1486 but yet the Portuguese didnot claim the region.For centuries the barrier of the NamibDesert had kept other explorers andcolonisers out, until the late 18th centuryonwards when Orlam clans from the CapeColony crossed the Orange River andmoved into the area that today is southernNamibia. Encounters with the nomadicNama tribes were mostly peaceful and themissionaries accompanying the Orlams werewell-received. The right to use waterholesand grazing lands was granted for an annualpayment. In 1878, the United Kingdomannexed Walvis Bay on behalf of CapeColony. Further northwards however, theOrlams came across the more resistantclans of the Herero (Windhoek), Gobabis andOkahandja. The Nama-Herero War broke outin 1880 and only ended with the deploymentof troops from Imperial Germany. Whatensued in the early 1900s after the discoveryof diamonds was an atrocious genocide,wiping out the majority of the Herero clan –pre-emanating the antics of Nazi Germany.It should be noted that Germany is now oneof the biggest donors of aid to Namibia, whohave sought to make amends for their forebearers’ cruelty.Namibia remained mostly unexploredby Europeans until the 19th century whentraders and settlers arrived from Germanyand Sweden. The late 19th century broughtDorsland trekkers who crossed the area ontheir way from the Transvaal in South Africato Angola. Some of the trekkers settled inNamibia instead of continuing their journeywhile more returned to the South-WestAfrican territory after the Portuguese inAngola tried to convert them to Catholicism,forbidding their language from being taught.Adolf Luderitz was a German traderwho claimed the rest of the coastalregion in 1883 following negotiationswith a local chief. The southern area wasincorporated into the Cape of Good Hopein 1884. Negotiations between the UnitedKingdom and Germany brought about the Best of Namibia | 13
    • annexation of Germany’s coastal region,excluding Walvis Bay. In 1885, recognitionof Germany’s sphere of influence for theeastern areas was given by the UnitedKingdom. In 1890, the region that wouldlater become known as the Caprivi Strip wasmerged into South West Africa followingan agreement between Germany and theUnited Kingdom. This strip provided accessto the Zambezi River – a crucial access pointto the East African German colonies. Theexchange was that the Germans grantedthe British the islands of Zanzibar andHeligoland.The fight for independenceSouth Africa took over the colony whenGermany was defeated in 1915 duringWorld War One and then administered itas a League of Nations mandate territoryin 1919. In the 1960s, during the time ofEuropean powers granting independenceto colonies and territories across Africa,South Africa was pressurised to do so withNamibia. In response to the 1966 rulingby the International Court of Justice whichdismissed a complaint against South Africa’spresence in Namibia, SWAPO military wingand guerrilla group People’s Liberation Armyof Namibia began their armed struggle forindependence, but it was not until 1988that South Africa agreed to withdrawand demobilise its forces thus ending itsoccupation of Namibia, in accordance with aUN peace plan for the entire region.The President His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba14 | Best of Namibia
    • With the military withdrawals, came thereturn of SWAPO exiles and in October1989, the first-ever one-person one-voteelections were held for a constituentassembly. This was won by SWAPOalthough it did not gain the two-thirdsmajority it had hoped for – the DemocraticTurnhalle Alliance (DTA) became the officialopposition.Sam Nujoma was sworn in as the firstPresident when Namibia became officiallyindependent on 21 March 1990 whichsaw newly released Nelson Mandela as anobserver, along with representatives from147 countries including 20 heads of state.Walvis Bay was ceded to Namibia in 1994upon the end of Apartheid in South Africa.Post independenceNamibia successfully transitioned fromthe apartheid rule of a white minority toa parliamentary democracy. Regionaland National elections are regularly heldand thus multiparty democracy has beenmaintained. There are several registeredpolitical parties active and represented in theNational Assembly. Since independence, theSWAPO Party has won every election whichhas seen a smooth transition from SamNujoma’s 15-year rule to the succession ofPresident Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2005.Namibian government has endorsednational reconciliation policy which issuedamnesty to those who fought on either sideduring the war of liberation. Best of Namibia | 15
    • GOVERNMENTNamibia is a presidential representativedemocratic republic, with the presidentbeing elected to a five-year term as both thehead of state and the head of government.Executive power lies with the Cabinetwhile the legislative rests with Parliament,which is bicameral, the National Assemblyand the National Council. The judiciary isindependent. Constant scrutiny is given toNamibia’s management of the rule of lawand the observance of basic human rights.Branches:Executive President, Prime MinisterLegislative:BicameralParliament:National Assembly and National CouncilJudicial:Supreme Court, the High Court, and lower courtsSub-divisions:13 administrative regionsRegistered political parties:SWAPO, Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA),United Democratic Front of Namibia (UDF),Congress of Democrats (COD), Republican Party(RP),National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO),Monitor Action Group (MAG), Rally for Democracyand Progress (RDP), South West African NationalUnion (SWANU), All People’s Party (APP),Democratic Party of Namibia (DPN), NamibiaDemocratic Movement for Change (NDMC)Suffrage:Universal adultThe CapitalWindhoek lies in a basin between theKhomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountainsat 1,680 metres above sea level, 650kmnorth of the Orange River and 360km fromthe Atlantic seaboard. The City is perfectlysituated at the epicentre of Namibia,making it the ideal capital with obvioustrade and administration benefits due toits accessibility. The effect on tourism isalso notable as it is the focal point for thebeginning of any journey and the main entrypoint to exploring the country by air or road. Windhoek has a population of about300,000 which makes it a very small capitalby worldwide standards. The city centre isastonishingly clean and generally safe.Windhoek is home to Namibia’s brewingindustry, and it isn’t difficult to find a coldbeer. There are also a number of privatehospitals, a state-run hospital, doctors’surgeries, banks, (with 24hr ATMs)pharmacies, supermarkets, bakeries, andclothing stores. Maerua Mall is a largeshopping centre which has a gym andindoor swimming pool. There is also thesmaller Post Street Mall at the Town Squareas well as at Wernhill Park. There are alsotwo industrial areas: Northern and Southern.Namibia’s progress since Independence isevident in Windhoek through the presenceof new offices and expanding building andcommerce industries.Windhoek is the social, economic, andcultural centre of the country. Most nationalenterprises have their headquarters inWindhoek, as well as The University ofNamibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia,the country’s only theatre, all ministry headoffices, and all major media and financialentities.THE LANDAt 825,418 km2 (318,696 sq mi), Namibia isthe world’s thirty-fourth largest country (afterVenezuela). It lies mostly between latitudes17° and 29°S (a small area is north of 17°),and longitudes 11° and 26°E.Administrative divisionNamibia is divided into 13 regions andsub-divided into 107 constituencies. Theadministrative division of Namibia is tabledby Delimitation Commissions and acceptedor declined by the National Assembly.Since state foundation three DelimitationCommissions have been formed, the last16 | Best of Namibia
    • one in 2002 under the chairmanship ofJudge Peter Shivute. Regional councillorsare directly elected through secret ballots(regional elections) by the inhabitants of theirconstituencies.Geographical areasThe Namibian landscape consists generallyof five geographical areas, each withcharacteristic abiotic conditions andvegetation with some variation within andoverlap between them: the Central Plateau,the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment,the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert. WithNamibia’s tiny population, statistically onecould only come across two people everysquare kilometre. The dramatic physicalfeatures of this astounding country drawvisitors from all over the globe. Below aresome of the most notable:Central PlateauThe wide and flat Central Plateau ishome to Namibia’s highest point, theKönigstein elevation at 2,606 metres,which runs from north to south and isbordered by the Skeleton Coast to thenorthwest, the Namib Desert and its coastalplains to the southwest, the Orange Riverto the south, and the Kalahari Desert tothe east. The Central Plateau holds mostof Namibia’s population and economy asWindhoek and the most arable land arelocated here. Best of Namibia | 17
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    • Namib DesertConsidered to be the oldest desert in theworld, the Namib Desert consists of anexpanse of hyper-arid gravel plains anddunes that stretch along the entire coastlineof Namibia. Due to its constant shapeshiftingnature, the size of the desert varies between100 to several hundred kilometres in width.Notable areas include the Skeleton Coastand the Kaokoveld in the north and theextensive Namib Sand Sea along the centralcoast. The sand sea is made up fromprocesses of erosion that take place in theOrange River valley and areas further to thesouth. Masses of sand are carried by riversto the Atlantic where strong currents depositthem along the shore. The sands are pickedup by a prevailing south west wind and re-deposited into massive dunes forming thewidespread sand sea, which becomes thehighest sand dunes in the world.In other areas, strong winds pummel theland to form large gravel plains in placeof the sand. There is little vegetation inmost areas of the Namib Desert apart fromlichens in places where plants can reachunderground water such as in the gravelplains and dry river beds.Known as the living fossil, the Weltwischiaplant is only found in the Namib desert, withsome individual plants said to be nearly2000 years old.Coastal DesertThe coastal desert of Namibia is one of theoldest and highest in the world. As part ofthe sand sea, its sand dunes are created bythe strong onshore winds. The Namib Desertand the Namib-Naukluft National Park arelocated here. It is also one of the richestsources of diamonds in the world and ismade up of the Skeleton Coast in the northand the Diamond Coast in the south. Thereis often thick fog, as a result of the situationon the point where the Atlantic’s cold waterreaches Africa. Namibia has rich coastaland marine resources that remain largelyunexplored.Great EscarpmentThe Great Escarpment rises swiftly to over2,000 metres and sees temperature rangesincreasing further inland from the coldAtlantic waters with the prevalence of thecoastal fogs diminishing slowly inwards. Thearea is rocky and although it has poor soils,it is greatly more productive than the NamibDesert.Moisture is extracted from the summerwinds which push over the Escarpment.This unique precipitation together withthe varying topography, are responsiblefor the microhabitats of a wide range ofendemic organisms. The varying vegetationranges from dense woodland to shrubs andscattered trees.BushveldThe Bushveld lies in north eastern Namibiaalong the Angolan border and in the narrowcorridor of the Caprivi Strip which hasaccess to the Zambezi River, and is part of Best of Namibia | 19
    • the KAZA Transfrontier Conservation area.The area receives much more precipitationthan the rest of the country, with an averageof 400mm per year. It is also cooler withapproximate seasonal variations of between10 and 30 °C. The area is mostly flat withsandy soils, which limits their water retainingability.The Etosha Pan in north-central Namibialies adjacent to the Bushveld and is oneof the most spectacular natural features.The Pan transforms from a dry-wastelandto a shallow lake which covers over 6,000square kilometres in the wet season. It is anecologically important area as it is vital tolarge numbers of birds and animals whichgather from the surrounding savannah.The Bushveld area is demarcated as partof the Angolan Mopane woodlands eco-region.Kalahari DesertThe Kalahari Desert, shared with SouthAfrica and Botswana, is widely regarded asNamibia’s best known geographical feature.Its environments range from hyper-aridsandy desert to areas which are outside ofthe definition of a common desert, such asthe Succulent Karoo which is home to over5,000 species of plants. Almost half of these20 | Best of Namibia
    • succulents are endemic; and one third ofthe succulents in the world are found in theKaroo.The productivity of this desert is as aresult of its stable precipitation and thereforedoes not receive droughts regularly. Thearea is technically a desert but it receivesregular winter rains which provide sufficientmoisture. Some of the main features ofthe Kalahari are inselbergs, or isolatedmountains, which house organisms whicharen’t adapted to life in the surroundingdesert system.Weather and climateNamibia has over 300 days of sunshineper year as a result of being situated at thesouthern edge of the tropics – the Tropic ofCapricorn cuts directly through the middleof the country. Winter is from June to Augustand is mostly dry while the rainy season isin summer (the small rains occur betweenSeptember and November, and the big onebetween February and April). There is lowhumidity and the average rainfall rangesfrom nearly zero in the coastal desert to over600mm in the Caprivi Strip, although rainfallis variable with regular droughts.The coastal area is dominated by the Best of Namibia | 21
    • cold, north-flowing Benguela current ofthe Atlantic Ocean, accounting for thelow precipitation of less than 50mm peryear, frequent thick fog, as well as lowertemperatures than in the rest of the countryoverall. Sometimes winter brings a conditioncalled Bergwind or Oosweer (Afrikaans:East weather) which is a hot dry wind whichblows from inland coastward. These windscan form sand storms due to the locality ofthe coastal desert. Sand is deposited intothe Atlantic Ocean and these deposits canbe seen by satellite.The Central Plateau and Kalahari areashave high temperature ranges of up to 30°C. THE PEOPLECultureNamibia is a rich and diverse melting pot ofdifferent cultures, which speak of its varyinghistory. The country has the second-lowestpopulation density of any sovereign country,after Mongolia, with the majority being blackAfrican – mostly of the Ovambo ethnicity.Ovambo people form about half of the totalpopulation. Most reside in the north of thecountry, although many are now movingto towns throughout Namibia in a periodof urbanisation. The Herero and Himbapeople, who speak a similar language, andthe Damara, who speak the same “click”language as the Nama, are other ethnicBantu groups of Namibia.There are also large groups ofKhoisan, including the Nama, who are22 | Best of Namibia
    • descendants of the original inhabitants ofsouthern Africa. The country is also home todescendants of refugees from Angola. Thereare two smaller groups of people with mixedracial origins, who together make up 6.5%.The population is made up of 7% of whitepeople of Portuguese, Dutch, German,British and French ancestry, and most speakAfrikaans.Around 9% of the population is made upof the Kavango ethnic group. Other ethnicgroups are: Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama5%, Caprivian 4%, San 3%, Baster 2%, andTswana 0.5%.LanguagesNamibia’s official language is English anduntil 1990, German and Afrikaans were alsoofficial languages. However, SWAPO haddecided that Namibia should be monolingualbefore independence, in direct contrast toSouth Africa.Some of the other languages receivedsemi-official recognition and as a result areallowed as medium of instruction in primaryschools.Half of all Namibians speak Oshiwamboas their first language, whereas the mostwidely understood language is Afrikaans.The transition is evident in the youngergeneration who understand English morewidely and both Afrikaans and Englishare used as a second language in publiccommunication.The majority of the white population speakGerman or Afrikaans. Best of Namibia | 23
    • ReligionChristianity is practiced by more than90% of the population in Namibia as aresult of the missionary work of the 1800s.Indigenous beliefs make up the remainder.Most Namibian Christians are Lutheran,but there are also Roman Catholic,Methodist, Anglican, African MethodistEpiscopal, Dutch Reformed Christians andMormon (Latter-Day Saints) represented, aswell as some Jewish people.EducationThe education system in Namibia iscommendable. The country has compulsoryfree education for 10 years per childbetween the ages of six and 16. Primarylevel is from Grades 1–7 and Secondarylevel is from grades 8–12. Increasingnumbers of children are attending schools;however there has been a shortage ofteachers. The pupil-teacher ratio in 1999was estimated at 32:1, with about 8% of theGDP being spent on education. Accordingto UNICEF, Primary school attendance was89% between the years 2005 and 2009 andthe adult literacy rate was 88% between theyears 2005 and 2008.Most schools in Namibia are state-run,but there are also a few private schools onthe country’s education system (St. Paul’sCollege, Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool,Deutsche Höhere Privatschule, WindhoekInternational School and WindhoekGymnasium). The National Institute forEducational Development (NIED) based24 | Best of Namibia
    • in Okahandja, now organises curriculumdevelopment, educational research, and theprofessional development of teachers.The problem of teacher shortage isbeing dealt with through the introductionof four teacher training colleges. There arealso three agricultural colleges, a policetraining college, Polytechnic, and a NationalUniversity.ECONOMYThe Namibian economy has a modernmarket sector (which creates the majority ofthe country’s wealth) as well as a traditionalsubsistence sector. The economy is closelylinked to South Africa’s as a result of theirshared past. The largest economic sectorsare mining, agriculture, manufacturing, andtourism.The banking sector is highly developedand boasts modern infrastructure, includingOnline Banking and Cell phone Banking. Thecentral bank is The Bank of Namibia(BoN). There are four commercial banksauthorised by BoN: Bank Windhoek, FirstNational Bank, Nedbank and StandardBank.There are several legislative policies inplace to alleviate poverty and the highunemployment rate. Such as the labouract which protects employees from jobdiscrimination arising from pregnancyand HIV/AIDS. The Government tenderboard announced in 2010 that 100% of allunskilled and semi-skilled labour would besourced locally.Namibia’s formal economy issophisticated in that it is highly capital-intensive and farming focused. It relies onexport profits in sectors such as minerals,livestock, and fish. The majority of thecountry’s imports come from South Africa.A free-market economy has beenactively pursued by the government sinceindependence. The hope is that theseprinciples will aid job creation and commercegrowth and thus allow Namibians accessto the mainstream economy. This has beendone through the courting of foreign donorsand investors with a nudge from the liberalForeign Investment Act of 1990.The economy is actively integrated inthe region and is supported through anumber of trade partnerships. As part of theCommon Monetary Area (CMA), Namibiais partnered with Lesotho, Swaziland, andSouth Africa. As a result, the South Africanrand and the Namibian dollar are legaltender in NamibiaConsidering the minimal domesticmarket, Namibia is located favourably inthe region as a transport base. Togetherwith the strong communications base,Namibia is at the forefront of advocatingeconomic regional integration. Otherpartnerships include membership in theSouthern African Development Community(SADC), and the Southern African CustomsUnion (SACU) with South Africa, Botswana,Lesotho, and Swaziland – and allows fortariff free movement of goods. Located inWindhoek, SACU has a Trade, Investmentand Development Co-operation Agreement(TIDCA) with the United States, and alsois negotiating free trade agreements withChina, India, Kenya, and Nigeria.Namibia aims to move away from itsreliance on South Africa and to diversifyimports and trade. Namibia supplies a largeportion of fish and meat to Europe, andhas also purchased mining machines andequipment in concessions from the UK,Germany, Italy, the US, as well as Canada.Economic breakdown:-• GDP (2009): $9.4-billion (World Bank);• Annual growth rate (2009): 1% (WorldBank);• Per capita GNI (2009): $4,338 (WorldBank);• Average annual inflation rate (2010): 4.5%(Namibia Central Bureau of Statistics);• Natural resources: Diamonds, uranium,zinc, gold, copper, lead, tin, fluorspar, salt,fisheries, and wildlife;• Agriculture (2009): 5.1% of GDP (livestockand meat products, crop farming andforestry – Namibia Central Bureau ofStatistics);• Mining (2009): 10% of GDP (Gem-qualitydiamonds, uranium, zinc, copper, other –Namibia Central Bureau of Statistics);• Fishing and fish processing on board(2009): 3.6% of GDP (Hake, horsemackerel, lobster, other – Namibia CentralBureau of Statistics);• Trade: Major partners are South Africa, Best of Namibia | 25
    • Angola, European Union (EU), U.S,Canada, China, and India (WTO);• Exports (2010): $5.71-billion (diamonds,uranium, zinc, copper, lead, beef, cattle,fish, karakul pelts, and grapes);• Imports (2010): $5.14-billion (foodstuffs,construction material, manufacturedgoods).MiningMining provides Namibia with 35% of itsrevenue and is the biggest economicalcontributor. The country is also the fourthlargest exporter of non-fuel minerals inAfrica. Namibia is renowned as a primarysource of gem-quality diamonds from itsrich alluvial deposits, which gave birth toNamdeb (jointly owned by the Namibiangovernment and De Beers who haverecently sold to ANGLO American). The dipin Diamond mining pre-2010 has rebounded,with nearly 1.5-million carats beingrecovered in 2010.Namibia holds around 10% of uraniumoxide production world-wide and as aresult is the world’s fourth-largest producerof uranium with two uranium mines inoperation. There are plans to open twoor three new uranium mines in the nextfive years, which would essentially doubleproduction, putting it on track to becomethe largest exporter by 2015.The other main mineral resources arezinc, copper, lead, gold, fluorspar, salt,manganese, tungsten, tin, granite and26 | Best of Namibia
    • marble, with semiprecious stones mined ona smaller scale. Extraction of offshore gasdeposits in the Atlantic Ocean is planned inthe future.Electricity generation mainly comes fromthermal and hydroelectric plants, as well asa small mix of non-conventional methods.The country plans to build the first nuclearpower station by 2018 as a result of the richuranium deposits with uranium enrichmentplanned to happen locally.In 1974, natural gas was discoverednear the mouth of the Orange Riverand is thought to hold over 1.3trillion cubicfeet in reserves. Known as the Kudu Fields,the government changed the ownershipstructure in 2009. Namibia leased largeareas for oil prospecting in the years afterindependence. These areas includedonshore and offshore. There are currentlyaround eight companies searching for oiland gas in Namibia. With a well-developedframework and legislature in place, Namibiawill be able to continue governing the oilbusiness accordingly.AgricultureHalf of the Namibian population isdependent on agriculture for employmentand subsistence for their livelihood, eventhough only 1% of Namibian land is arable.Some of the food produced is still imported,such as meat and fish products. The GDPper capita is five times that of the poorestcountries in Africa but most Namibianslive in rural areas and live on subsistencefarming, mostly in the communal landsof the north. This has resulted in Namibiahaving a very high income inequality rate asthe urban economy contrasts directly withan almost cash-less rural economy.Several enterprises are to be privatisedin coming years in the hope that interestedforeign investment will be generated.Wildlife conservation is one of the fastestgrowing areas of economic development inNamibia and is vital for the unemployed ruralpopulation in particular.Livestock ranching is the primaryagricultural sector in Namibia includingcattle, karakul sheep and goat farming.Main crops include millet, sorghum, corn,and peanuts. Table grapes are a crop ofgrowing importance as they have becomecommercially viable and provide seasonallabour.FishingNamibia’s coastline is met by the SouthAtlantic Sea and as a result of its cleanand cold waters is one of the mostabundant fishing grounds in the world.The potential sustainable yields are up to1.5-million metric tons per year. Sardines,anchovy, hake, and horse mackerel arethe main species but there are also smallernumbers of sole, squid, deep-sea crab,rock lobster, and tuna. The NamibianGovernment is pursuing a conservativeresource management policy along with an Best of Namibia | 27
    • aggressive fisheries enforcement campaign,which has seen an increase in fish stocks.Namibia is a signatory of the Convention onConservation and Management of FisheriesResources in the South-East Atlantic (SeafoConvention) and part of the BenguelaCurrent Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME)program, which sustainably manages theshared marine resources of Namibia, Angolaand South Africa.Trade and InvestmentNamibia may seem to be a remote country,but has seaports, airports, highways, andrailways. The country aims to become aregional transportation hub as it is perfectlypositioned with a key seaport and severallandlocked neighbours. The Central Plateauis a major transportation corridor to SouthAfrica.TOURISMOne of Namibia’s major contributors to GDPis tourism (14.5%) and in turn, it accountsfor 18.2% of all employment through servingover one-million tourists a year. As oneof Africa’s prime destinations, Namibia isrenowned for its ecotourism and extensivewildlife.There are a number of lodges andreserves which accommodate eco-tourists;while the sport of hunting is a growingpart of the economy. Extreme sports havegained popularity, such as sand boardingand 4x4 trails. The most popular tourist28 | Best of Namibia
    • destinations include the Caprivi Strip, FishRiver Canyon, Sossusvlei, the SkeletonCoast Park, Sesriem, Etosha Pan and thecoastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bayand Lüderitz.Wildlife and ConservationNamibia is at the forefront of conservationand specifically protects its naturalresources in its constitution, which is aimedat: “maintenance of ecosystems, essentialecological processes, and biologicaldiversity of Namibia, and utilisation of livingnatural resources on a sustainable basis forthe benefit of all Namibians, both presentand future.”Directly after independence, the UnitedStates Agency for International Development(USAID) granted funds to the newly formedgovernment of Namibia through the Livingin a Finite Environment (LIFE) Project.The Ministry of Environment and Tourism,Endangered Wildlife Trust, WWF, andCanadian Ambassador’s Fund, togetherform a Community Based Natural ResourceManagement (CBNRM) support structure,whose goal is to promote sustainable naturalresource management through empoweringlocal communities with wildlife managementand tourism.The Skeleton CoastEven the name of the Namibian desertcoastline stirs feelings of adventure –it’s an extremely remote and formidable Best of Namibia | 29
    • place. The Namib Desert is one of theworld’s most arid and inhospitable places.What makes the Skeleton Coast unique isthe vast sand dunes which at times engulfthe coastline, wreaking havoc with theshipping lanes.The shifting dunes advance to the oceanand to the human eye, they appear tofind their resting place at the edge of thesea. This however, is not the case, as thedunes continue underwater. This underseatopography is the cause of the numerousship wrecks which litter the coastline. Thedunes form hidden shallow sand-bankswhich prove deadly to ships – the hauntingreminder is seen in their corpses. Thesurrealism of this vast graveyard is alsonoted in the wrecks of ships that wouldonce have settled in shallow water, only tonow be surrounded by an ocean of sandfar from shore. Many more remain unseenindefinitely.There was very seldom light at the endof the tunnel for wrecked ships, as evenafter surviving the wreck, crews would bemet with the ominous image of the endlessdesert. This coastline has been given manynames over the centuries. Some locals referto it as “the land God made in anger”, whilePortuguese sailors called it “As Areias doInferno” which means Sands of Hell.The best way for visitors to explore theSkeleton Coast is by air. Not only is thebirds’-eye-view the only way to get theentire picture of this vast expanse, but there30 | Best of Namibia
    • are also very few roads. There are smallplanes available to do the job and a numberof isolated landing strips dotted all the waydown the coastline.SossusvleiThe sand dunes of Namibia are one of itsgreatest attractions, and Sossusvlei is theplace to view them. Their endless colourseems unreal. Namibia is one of the mostancient and dry ecosystems on the planet.Its remote appeal gives one the feeling ofbeing the only person on earth – the first andfinal frontier.The ‘bizarre’ factor is enhanced by themysterious song of the dunes, which seemto whistle in the wind. When climbing dunes,the view can be breathtaking – a landscapeof curving sand from horizon-to-horizon. Themesmerising fluidity of the dunes in the windgives the impression that the desert is alive.Fish River CanyonThe Fish River carves a magnificent canyonthrough the Namibian landscape and is inactual fact the second largest canyon in theworld and the largest in Africa, at 160kmlong, 550m deep and up to 27km wide. Ithas a lunar-like appearance which cannot bewitnessed anywhere else in Africa and as aresult, is the second most visited attractionin Namibia. Formed around 500-millionyears ago, the canyon lies on a fault linewhich has added to its formation (along withthe erosion of the winding waters of the FishRiver) through movements in the earth’scrust causing the collapse of the bottom ofthe valley.LuderitzLuderitz is one of the main towns in Namibiabut is isolated on the southern coastline –with a vast expanse of the skeleton coaston either side. German colonial architecturedominates the town creating a curiouscontrast as the charming and quaint Germanhouses seem as if they have been misplacedalong the seemingly inhabitable coastline.KolmanskopKolmanskop is a few kilometres outside ofLuderitz on the remote coast. This ghosttown was once home to a small diamond-mining community of Germans. As aresult, it was built in 1908 to resemble aGerman village. After the diamond bustof the 1950s, the town was abandoned.The town is slowly being swallowed up bythe encroaching sand and will somedaydisappear altogether – for that reason alone,it is well worth the visit.Etosha National ParkEtosha National Park is one of the largestand greatest savannah conservation areas inAfrica. It covers a massive area and currentlyprotects 114 mammal species and over 340bird species. The vast majority of Etoshais one large saltpan that forms a shallowlake during the rainy season. As a result, it Best of Namibia | 31
    • becomes a haven for animals that travel fromfar and wide to quench their thirst after thelong dry months.Mesosaurus tenuidens fossilsThese fossils, discovered at the SpitzkoppeFarm in Namibia in 1988, cemented thetheory of continental drift and highlightedthe fact that Namibia was once joined toBrazil as part of the ‘super continent’. Thiscollection of fossils of the shore-dwellingancient lizards is the most beautifullypreserved in the world. However, theirshoreline was not that of the South AtlanticOcean as it is today, but rather an ancientsuper lake known as Lake Gai-As. As partof Gondwana land, this great lake was aninland lake separating today’s Namibia fromwhat would become Brazil; signifying thatthe sea of sand of the Namib Desert wasonce a massive body of water surroundedby sub-tropical climate species. Similarlyfascinating fossils can be found throughoutNamibia at various locations, and togetherwith its bounty of gemstones, semi-preciousstones, and intriguing rock formations –Namibia is truly a geologist’s paradise.Fast facts Namibia• ‘The White Lady’ is Namibia’s, andpossibly Africa’s, most famous rock artpainting. Found at Brandberg Mountain,it actually depicts a male hunter-gathererwearing the white paint of a San Shamanor ‘medicine man’. Guided walks areoffered to visit the site, as well as the32 | Best of Namibia
    • Schlangenhöle site which houses theimpressive ancient painting of a sevenmetre long snake.• Keetmanshoop, in the Karas region ofNamibia, is officially the sunniest townin the world and is home to the popularQuiver Tree forests.• The mysterious Wild Horses of the easternfringe of the Namib Desert have longbeen the subject of debate and intrigue.Although it is agreed that these feralhorses have domesticated ancestors,it is unclear how they broke free andwhere they came from. Theories includethe wrecking of a ship of cargo horseson the Skeleton Coast in the late 1800s,horse studs neglected in the war, horsesabandoned during the depression orduring the increase of the automobileindustry, and retreating Germans forced toabandon their cavalry. The large numberof the horses indicates that it was likely acombination of several theories. Whateverthe case these fascinating creatures havemanaged to adapt and survive extremelyharsh terrain and are a beautiful sight.• The unique desert elephants of Namibiaare a conservation priority. Found in theKunene Region in the north-west whichencompasses 115,154km² of semi-aridsandy desert, rocky mountains andgravel plains. They have a smaller bodymass, longer legs and larger feet than thesavannah elephants, which has helpedthem adapt to their dry environment.These smaller physical attributes helpthem cross the miles of sand in search ofwater. There is only one other populationof desert elephants in the world.• The ‘Forbidden Zone’ along the SkeletonCoast was once blocked to visitorsas a result of the numerous diamondsscattered across the sand. The hiddentreasure under the sand has beenrigorously protected since early 1908,when a railway worker picked up the firstdiamond. Known as Diamond Zone 1,or Sperrgebiet – German for ‘ForbiddenZone’, this 26,000 square kilometre miningzone has only had around 10% of thearea sufficiently mined and 1.3-millioncarats are mined annually – with the restroped off to any civilian. However in 2008,the Sperrgebiet was declared a nationalpark by the Namibian government with itsterrain covering 17 offshore ‘islands’. Asa result of the immense preservation, theunique and endemic flora and fauna hasremained untouched.Sources:en.wikipedia.orgwww.state.govwww.namibiatourism.com.za Best of Namibia | 33
    • Namibian InfrastructureNamibia’s infrastructure is some of the best on the African continent and is also currentlyseeing a number of upgrades and expansions to its harbours, airports, railways androads.34 | Best of Namibia
    • Once complete, the Namibian governmenthopes to make the country an economichub in Africa with facilitating trade betweenthe continent and Europe. It is foreseen thatan increased mutual flow of trade betweenSADC countries and Namibia will take rootin the years to come. The developmentof Namibian infrastructure is vital to thecountry’s trade status. Namibia also boastshighly developed energy and water networkinfrastructure as well as advanced postaland telecommunications systems.ShippingThe main export outlet, Walvis Bay port,one of two in Namibia and the only deep-water port, has seen a great increase intrade recently and is packed to capacity asa result. It handles over five-million tonnesof cargo per year and over 20 percent ofthat is containerised. One mitigating factorwas the closure of Luanda’s port in Angola,which began repairs. Walvis Bay is one ofthe preferred entries in the SADC region dueto its accessibility to neighbouring countriesand lowered transport time. From port entry,containers are transported by the threearteries, Namibia’s Trans-Kalahari, Trans-Caprivi and Trans-Kunene Highways, toBotswana and South Africa. Walvis Bay alsohas the main concentration of the country’sfishing infrastructure.Walvis Bay port is currently under expansionafter Namport announced in 2009 thatthey would be spending N$3-billion on theupgrade. The plan is to deepen the harbourfrom 12.8m to 14.5m in order to increasecapacity. A new quay is also under way witha capacity to handle 500,000 containers(TEU), as well as a waterfront with shoppingmalls and allocation for private beachfrontproperties. The project is expected to becomplete in 2016.Landlocked SADC countries such asZambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia,have been given the opportunity to leaseland at Walvis Bay for their own dry-portfacilities, which allows for cargo transportand increased trade throughout the region.This falls in line with the ideals of a SADCcommon market and the free trade area.Zambia and Botswana have seen the valuein trans-shipment from Namibia as it’sfar shorter. Branches of The Walvis BayCorridor Group (WBCG) have opened inJohannesburg and Lusaka. These marketthe regional Trans-Kalahari, Trans-Capriviand Trans-Kunene corridors for transportand logistics.Lüderitz is Namibia’s second port and hasalso seen increased activity as a result ofthe rise in the fishing industry. The extensiveupgrade of Lüderitz began after an N$85-million investment from government, aspart of the Namibian Port Authority four-year modernisation plan for the two portswhich had a collective budget allocation ofUS$77-million. This included the addition ofquays for larger ships and cruise ships, aswell as the modernisation of cargo handlingfacilities. There is a third harbour planned forMowe Bay, which is north of Walvis Bay, andwould serve the fishing fleet.This major infrastructure expansion is a result of a growing economy due to an influx oftrade in the country. Best of Namibia | 35
    • Air transportAir transport is vital to Namibia’s economyand the country boasts world-class civilaviation facilities, with Air Namibia, a Trans-Namib subsidiary, as the national carrier.There are over 135 airports and 22 havetarred runways. The international airportis just outside of Windhoek. Coupled withthe upgrade of Walvis Bay, is the upgradeof Walvis Bay Airport which included thelengthening and widening of the runway, aswell as the upgrade of air traffic systems andinstrumentation. This provides for large cargoairplanes as well as commercial airplanes upto the B737-200 series. Walvis Bay Airport isone of only a handful of airports in the regionto have specialised landing instrumentationtechnology which allow movements inany weather. There are now direct flightsbetween Johannesburg, Cape Town andWalvis Bay on Air Namibia and SA Express.Major airports also include Lüderitz andKeetmanshoop which are both equippedfor wide-bodied aircraft. Air Namibia hasdomestic scheduled flights to Lüderitz,Mpacha, Ondangwa, Oranjemund,Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Windhoek.International destinations include CapeTown, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Luanda,Maun and Victoria Falls. There is now also adirect flight between Windhoek and LondonGatwick, connecting in Cape Town andJohannesburg.Road transportNamibia boasts an extensive roadtransportation network which is wellmaintained. The vast network reachesover 64,800km. A tarred highway systemof 4,600km connects the majority of thecountry’s economic hubs with the SADCneighbours. The main arteries are the Trans-Caprivi, Trans-Kalahari and Trans-KuneneHighways which were long-haul projectsfinished at the end of the 1990s and runthrough to Botswana and South Africa.These two roads have elevated Namibia’sposition as a seaport country which is ableto provide sea access to its landlockedneighbours.Rail transportTrans-Namib operates the railways inNamibia. There has been a recentextension project of the northern railwayfrom Tsumeb to the Angolan border. TheGerman colonial rule established the2,382km rail network which saw an urgentupgrade from the middle of the 1990s. Railin Namibia transports millions of tonnesof freight every year and over 100,000passengers and recent years have seenmore investment and improved services. Thenational railway network links throughoutNamibia and to South Africa. There is animprovement in a new link between Aus andLüderitz.36 | Best of Namibia
    • EnergyNational energy supplier NamPower isresponsible for generating, transmittingand supplying a grid network linked toall major urban areas. Off-grid electricityand renewable energy is vital to economicgrowth. Namibia has always been a netenergy importer and obtains half of itselectricity from South Africa. The largeNamibian mining industry is a major energyconsumer and commercial energy is createdfrom imported oil and coal. The nationalelectricity grid is being used to connectmost of the larger population areas. TheKudu gas field offshore is being drilledby Shell after exploration found large gasreserves, making Namibia the next major netexporter of energy.WaterWater is a precious resource in Namibiaand NamWater oversees bulk supply tolocal authorities. There are a number oflarge dams in Namibia which supply surfacewater, as well as the abundant source of theOrange River which is used to supply largeagricultural developments.TelecommunicationsThe telecommunications infrastructure inNamibia is one of the most advanced inAfrica. It provides digital and direct diallingfacilities in communications includinginternet, fax, telex, PABX, ISDN and videoconferencing. The two cellular serviceproviders are MTC and LEO and have anetwork reach of most urban centres andalong national roadways. There is onefixed line provider, TELECOM Namibia. TheWACS landing point is in Swakopmund.PostThe largest physical infrastructure networkin Namibia is Nampost. Services includeefficient postal services, savings bankfacilities, money transfers, and counterautomation.MediaThe Namibian Broadcasting Corporation(NBC) provides access to media in Namibia,national TV, and radio coverage. Namibiahas access to DStv satellite network andupholds a free press. There are a numberof independent newspapers, radio stationsand a television network. Namibia enjoyswide coverage of media and wide availabilityof media vehicles, such as televisions andradios.BankingThere are four major commercial banksoperating in Namibia, including one centralbank, one development bank and NampostBank.Source: www.namibia.org.za Best of Namibia | 37
    • Towns of NamibiaThese are distinguished by the status the Namibian government has given them and areplaces with a municipality.38 | Best of Namibia
    • • Gobabis Gobabis is the regional capital of theOmaheke Region in eastern Namibia.Gobabis is on the B6 highway, 200kmdown from Windhoek to Botswana.Because of its relatively close proximityto the Botswana border at the Buiteposborder post, Gobabis is a vital linkbetween Namibia and South Africa on theTrans-Kalahari Highway. When arriving inthe town, visitors are greeted with a largeBrahman Bull statue – an ode to Gobabis’position in the heart of ‘Cattle Country’.This was traditionally the home of theHerero people and the town is on the edgeof the Kalahari Desert.• Otjiwarongo Otjiwarongo is the capital of theOtjozondjupa Region in central-northNamibia and has a population of 20,000people. Situated on the Trans-Namibrailway – linking to Windhoek, theGolden Triangle of Otavi, Tsumeb andGrootfontein, and Etosha National Park –Otjiwarongo is the biggest businesscentre in the region. It is a neat town witha peaceful environment, yet is also one ofthe fastest growing towns in the country. Ithas a number of excellent facilities such assupermarkets, banks, lodges and hotels,and a golf course. Many of the country’smost popular game farms and reservescan be found around Otjiwarongo. Thereis a large population of German speakingresidents and the influence can be seen inthe Germanic style of the architecture.• Swakopmund Swakopmund is the capital of Erongoon the coast of north-western Namibiaand is 280km west of Windhoek on theTrans-Namib Highway. This is a seasideresort town which is a popular destinationin the cooler summer months betweenDecember and January. There is apopulation of 42,000 inhabitants covering193 sq km of land. Best of Namibia | 39
    • Swakopmund was established in1892 as German South-West Africa’smain harbour, which is still evident inthe large portion of German-speakingpeople and abundance of German colonialarchitecture.It is home to Swakopmund Airport andincludes attractions such as SwakopmundMuseum, the National Marine Aquarium, acrystal gallery and the Rossmund DesertGolf Course just outside the city – one ofonly five all-grass desert golf courses inthe world. The sand dunes nearby are oneof the reasons why Swakopmund is knownas the adventure capital of Namibia,with its vast array of extreme sports.Abandoned in the desert lies the 1896steam train called the Martin Luther.• Tsumeb Tsumeb is the biggest town in Oshikotoin northern Namibia and has a populationof 15,000 people. It is most known for theTsumeb mine which is world renowned.Tsumeb serves at the gateway to thenorth of Namibia and is Etosha NationalPark’s closest town. Lake Otjikoto andLake Guinas are two large sinkholesnear the town. The famous sinkholeswere the focus of a pioneer documentarymade in the early 1970s which followedexploratory scuba dives. The exact depthsare unknown as the bottom seems todisappear into underground cave systems.Lake Guinas has even evolved a uniquefish species, testament to its age oldexistence. On retreat of the South Africaninvasion, the German forces discardedall their weapons into Lake Otjikoto in1914. What could be recovered is now ondisplay in museums.Harasib farm to the east ofTsumeb has one of the world’s deepestunderground lakes and can only bereached by abseiling down the sheerdolomite wall. It is uncertain how deepthe clear water goes as divers have onlymanaged 80 metres. Near Tsumeb is theHoba nickel-iron meteorite – the largest inthe world weighing about 60 tonnes.• Walvis Bay Walvis Bay has a population of 85,000people on 29 sq km of land in the KuisebRiver Delta. The natural deepwaterharbour has protected numerous seavessels from the extreme conditions ofthe South Atlantic Ocean and is the onlynatural harbour in the country, enclosedby the protective arm of Pelican Point. Thename means “Whale Bay” named afterthe large numbers of whales attracted bythe rich marine life. Since its discoveryas a valuable point en route to theCape of Good Hope, numerous powershave sought political control, seeingsuccessive colonisers playing a role in itsdevelopment. The town is at the end ofthe Trans-Namib Railway to Windhoek.Walvis Bay is the tourist activity capital ofNamibia, largely as a result of the beautifulbay, man-made Bird Island, and numerous40 | Best of Namibia
    • sand dunes. There is a museum andKuisebmund Stadium. An important armof the local economy is the Walvis BayExport Processing Zone.• Windhoek The Capital City of Namibia Windhoek is not only the capital, but alsothe largest city in Namibia, as well as thesocial, economic and cultural centre. It sits1,700m above sea level on the KhomasHighland Plateau in central Namibia witha population of around 300,000. Almostall national enterprises are housed hereas well as the University of Namibia andthe national theatre. The headquarters ofall ministry offices, media and financialgroups are in Windhoek.Other towns include:-• Grootfontein: in the Otjozondjupa Region• Henties Bay: main holiday destination• Karasburg: sheep farming industry• Keetmanshoop: on the Trans-NamibRailway• Mariental: near Hardap Dam (largestreservoir in Namibia)• Okahandja: Garden Town of Namibiafounded by Herero and Nama• Omaruru: annual Herero festival; winery;dinosaur footprints at Otjihenamaparero.• Outjo: Gateway to Etosha National Park• Usakos: longest horizon in the world andclosest town to Spitzkoppe (“Matterhornof Namibia”).Source: www.namibiatourism.com.na Best of Namibia | 41
    • Namibian Arts and CraftsNamibia is a melting pot of various ancient tribes and as a result, traditional practices ofarts and crafts have been passed down for generations.42 | Best of Namibia
    • Namibia has become renowned for its vastarray of traditional crafts, ranging frombasketry, pottery, textiles, painting andsculpture to working with wood, leather andbeads. However, the modern art movementhas had an influence on jewellery designsand ushered in the graffiti movement. TheNamibia Craft Centre has the whole rangeof traditional crafts under one roof with over25 stalls as well as the Omba Art Gallery.However, throughout Namibia there arestreet markets and curios vendors. Thesecelebrated crafts make the perfect keepsakefor travellers and visitors to Namibia.BasketsThe mostly feminine art of basketry ismore typical of the northern tribes suchas the Caprivi, Himba, Herero, Kavangoand Owambo. The most common form ofbasketry is from weaving strips of Makalanipalm leaves. These can be manipulatedinto various forms for varying utilities. Forexample, winnowing baskets are made outof flat shapes, carrier baskets are createdfrom large bowl-shapes, and storagebaskets crafted in small bottle shapeswith lids. The varying shapes createdin the weaving are achieved by usingdifferent colours of leaves which can bedyed dark brown, purple and yellow. Thevarious geometric shapes are symbolicallysignificant. A more modern addition hasseen strips of recycled plastic being used.WoodcarvingsWoodcarving is most often the craft ofmen in Namibia. Their tools are adzes,axes and knives. Decorative designs arecreated by carving, incising, and burningtechniques. Wood products includeheadrests, instruments such as drums andthumb pianos, masks, walking-sticks, toys,figurines, bows, arrows, quivers, bowls, Best of Namibia | 43
    • utensils, and furniture. The tradition of woodcarving is seen extensively in the northerntribes of San, Caprivians, Damara, Himba,Kavango and Owambo.LeatherworksLeatherwork is widely practised in Namibiaand makes use of hides from cattle, sheepand game which are tanned and dyed withplant materials, animal fat or red ochre.Leather products include skins, bags,pouches, and karosses (mats or blankets).Clothing includes head-dresses, girdles,aprons, sandals, shoes, boots, handbags,belts and jackets.BeadworksThe San and Himba people lead the waywhen it comes to beadwork in Namibia.Beads are created from ostrich eggshells,porcupine quills, seeds, nuts, branches, iron,shells, as well as commercial glass. Mengenerally create the actual beads while thewomen string them into their final pieces.These pieces include necklaces, bracelets,ankle bracelets and Alice bands. Beadsare traditionally used by the San on theirleatherwork bags, pouches and clothing asdecoration, while the Himba traditionally usethe iron-bead for leather head ornaments forwomen and belts worn by mothers.JewelleryThe Namibia landscape and natural heritagehas inspired endless unique jewellerydesigns. Namibian jewellery is created fromnatural materials sourced locally, includingprecious stones, gems, diamonds, wood,seed pods and shells. Materials are alsosometimes sourced from elsewhere on theAfrican continent, such as gold, silver andother mineral stones. Unique pieces arecrafted into bracelets, necklaces, headwear,and ankle bracelets.PotteryTypically a female dominated art, pottery iswidely from the people of Caprivi, Kavangoand Owambo. The differing shapes of potterydetermine the utility of the vessels, which aretraditionally decorated with various coloursof geometric patterns. A modern movementhas seen potters experimenting with textualdecoration and varying motifs.TextilesTraditionally, a patchwork style was adaptedby the women of the Nama tribe in makingclothing. This has since expanded intoembroidering table and bed linen, cushioncovers and wall-hangings depicting scenesof Namibian life. A newer craft is weavingkarakul wool into patterns or landscape44 | Best of Namibia
    • images. These are used to create wall-hangings and mats.Paintings, sculptures and printsThe urban areas of Namibia have a numberof galleries which feature contemporaryNamibian artwork from painters, sculptorsand printers. The National Art Gallery ofNamibia is the biggest and exhibits morethan 560 artworks dating from 1864 totoday. Early paintings depict landscapesand wild animals as well as the exhibitionof the winning works of the Standard BankBiennale. High-quality works can be foundat many roadside markets throughoutNamibia.GraffitiAlthough steeped in tradition, Namibia’sarts and crafts movement has opened up tomodern forms. One such instance is seen inthe graffiti movement and culture. It is slowlymoving away from its vandalism tag andbecoming embraced as an art movementwhich can convey effective beautifulmessages. Marking a property without theowner’s consent is punishable by law inNamibia. However, Namibian graffiti artistsas well as the communities are findingunique ways to embrace this. One such wayis with community projects, for examplethe graffiti project of the Pionierspark playpark jointly commissioned by the BrazilianEmbassy, Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre,and Studio 77.Source:www.namcrafts.comwww.namibia-travel-guide.com Best of Namibia | 45
    • Staple foods include corn porridge andmeat or fish stews. Dishes often includepasta, rice and potatoes; while vegetablesinclude tomatoes, cabbage, celery andbeans. Fruits which are found abundantlythroughout Namibia include oranges,bananas, mandarins, pineapples, kiwis, andavocados; dried fruit is a particular favourite.Popular meat choices include beef,lamb, pork, chicken, ostrich, game (kudu,springbok and gemsbok) and cured orsmoked ham. More adventurous local meatsinclude goat, bush rat, and fried caterpillarsknown as omanugu or mopane worms andoften cooked with chilli and onion.Corn occurs most frequently in the southof Namibia where it is used in the makingof bread, most often accompanied byfish. As a result of the hot, dry climate anddesert conditions in most parts, couscoushas become popular, as well as peanuts.The weather has also ensured that outdoorcooking has become the norm, and is mostfrequently done in the form of ‘braais’ and‘potjiekos’ stews. Spices and herbs areessential to Namibian food and cookingtechniques have stemmed from German andFrench cooking styles. Dishes are generallypresented in visually attractive ways andmake use of extensive colours.Namibian CuisineTypical Namibian cuisine is heavily influenced by the country’s history, cultures, climateand environment. This is most evident in the influences of traditional German and SouthAfrican dishes as well as the use of meat, game and seafood.46 | Best of Namibia
    • There are a number of festivals and nationalholidays in Namibia and traditional foodforms an important part of most of them.Namibia’s national day is the 21 Marchand the air is usually filled with the smokeand smell of braai fires and bubbling potjiepots. Traditional dishes are usually servedon Worker’s Day, Cassinga Day, AscensionDay, Africa Day, Heroes’ Day, Women’sDay, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.Frequent dishes include varieties of stewswith snacks of biltong, brotchen andlandjäger, which is a smoked pork and beefsausage. Rauchfleisch is a beautiful smokedmeat which is enjoyed throughout Namibia.For those with a sweeter tooth, the Germaninfluence is seen extensively in the varietyof breads, cakes and pastries used inNamibian food; and for the thirsty, Namibiahas a big German brewing tradition and itsnational drink is Tafel Lager and the everpopular Windhoek Lager.Namibian food definitely has a uniqueflavour and look and is predominantlyprepared by the woman of the household.However, tourists are not often exposedto it as most restaurants favour a typicallyEuropean style – although hints of Namibianinfluence often crop-up in dishes, which ismost often preferred. One thing that can beguaranteed is the freshness and abundanceof food products.Traditional Namibian foods include:• eedingu (dried meat, carrots and greenbeans);• kapana (meat);• mealie pap (porridge);• omanugu (mopane worms);• oshifima (millet);• oshifima ne vanda (millet with meat);• oshiwambo (spinach and beef).Source: en.wikipedia.orgThe direct access to the sea has given rise to an extensive fishing industry which brings inseafood including vast arrays of fish, mussels, oysters, squid and shellfish. Best of Namibia | 47
    • Sport in NamibiaThe Namibian people are passionate about sport as it is a source of great national prideand recreation.48 | Best of Namibia
    • This could partly be due to the favourableweather conditions which make sport amajor pastime all over the country. Althoughthe population of Namibia is small, there isstill a vast array of sports that are offeredat differing levels – both amateur andprofessional. Namibian sports spectators arededicated to following their preferred sportsand teams.The main sports in Namibia are soccer,rugby, cricket, golf and fishing. Athleticsand boxing are also very popular. Windhoekis the sports capital and the home of thenational stadium, Independence Stadium,which is shared by all arena sports. There isalso the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katuturawhich is also often used. There are 46different sports federations and unionsincluding for: dancing, netball, archery,badminton, basketball, bowling, canoeing,chess, cycling, darts, eisstock, enduranceriding, equestrian, fistball, gymnastics,hockey, judo, karate, motor sports, sailing,shooting, swimming, softball, squash, tabletennis, triathlon, volleyball, and wrestling.The National Sports Federation of Namibiaand the Namibian Sports CommissionMandate are responsible for overseeing theregulation of sports in the country.SoccerThe most popular team sport in Namibia isSoccer and the country joined FIFA in 1992,thus becoming an international player. Thenational soccer team participates regularlyin the Africa Nations Cup qualifiers andplayed in the tournament for the first timein 1998 in Burkina Faso and again in 2008.Soccer is governed by the Namibia FootballAssociation and the main domestic league is Best of Namibia | 49
    • The Namibia Premier League. Namibia is yetto qualify for the FIFA World Cup althoughhas been the runner up in the COSAFA Cuptwice.Popular local clubs include: Black Africa,Orlando Pirates, African Stars, Tigers, BlueWaters, Chief Santos and Oshakati City –with many names borrowed from Europeanteams.Rugby UnionSouth Africa introduced the Rugby Unionto Namibia in 1916 and today the NamibiaRugby Union is the main governing body.The national rugby team are known asthe Welwitschia and they participateregularly at the Rugby World Cup. Up untilindependence, Namibian players wereeligible to play for the South African Nationalteam and past Springboks born in Namibiainclude Jan Ellis and Percy Montgomery.CricketThe beginnings of Namibian cricket arelinked closely with South African cricket.However, in post independence, theNamibian Cricket Board was formed and50 | Best of Namibia
    • began to develop the game nationally. Toursfrom England and the Netherlands werearranged and associate membership to theICC was granted in 1992. Namibia hostedthe 2007 World Cricket League Division 2.GolfNamibia’s most well known golfer is TrevorDodds and Rossmund Desert Golf Course inSwakopmund is the most popular course.BoxingNamibia has produced a number ofsuccessful boxers including Japhet Uutoni(won gold in 2006 Commonwealth Gamesand 2006 African Boxing championships),Paulus Ambunda (participated in 2004Summer Olympics in Athens), PaulusMoses, Harry Simon and Joseph Jermia(participated in 2004 Summer Olympicsand won bronze in 2003 All-Africa Games).Namibia was host of the final continentalqualifying round for the 2008 SummerOlympics and three Namibians qualified,namely Japhet Uutoni, Mujandjae Kasutoand Julius Indongo. In January 2009, PaulusMoses won the WBA lightweight title in2009.Highlights of the Namibian sports calendarhave included the Commonwealth Games of2002 and 2006, the All Africa Games of 2003and 2007, the Cricket World Cup of 2003,the Rugby World Cups of 2003, 2007 and2011, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Gamesin Athens and Beijing respectively; and the2008 African Cup of Nations finals in Ghana,and the 2012 Paralympics.National sports heroes include FrankieFredericks, Agnes Samaria, Eliphas Shivute,Mohammed Ouseb, Luketz Swartbooi,Elizabeth Mongudhi, Helalia Johannes,Beata Naigambo, Collin Benjamin, Paulus‘The Hitman’ Moses, Mannie Heymans andDouw Calitz, and Johanna Benson.Namibia Sport is Namibia’s leading sportmagazine which has been in print since2002, making it Namibia’s longest runningindependent magazine to date. Thecoverage of Namibian soccer has helpedto professionalise the sport over the lastfew years. The magazine instituted soccerawards for the Player of the Month andPlayer of the Season.www.namibiasport.org Best of Namibia | 51
    • Namibian ActivitiesNamibia is a country of great natural beauty, vast expanses and a warm dry climate. As aresult, it is the perfect country to visit for outdoor adventures as Namibia has so much tooffer to outdoors enthusiasts.52 | Best of Namibia
    • From exploring the magical desertlandscape and its unique ecosystem, to theworld’s second largest canyon, to the coldspray of the heaving South Atlantic Ocean –there is never a dull moment in Namibia,and visitors are left with a multitude ofmemories forever etched into their minds.Unique sightings range from the rare desertelephants, to the mysterious wild horses,to the discovery of a gem brought up to theearth’s surface. There are numerous outdooractivities and adventure safaris and tourswith some requiring physical exertion andadrenaline, while others offer relaxation.Hiking:• Fish River Hiking Trail (5 day unguided)• Brandberg Ascent• Naukluft Hike (8/4 day unguided)• Fish River Canyon Mule Trail• Desert Experience Hike• Klipspringer Mule Trail• Waterberg Hike (4 day unguided)• Mundulea Walking Trails• Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail (2 day unguided)• Sweet Thorn Trail (2 day unguided)• Olive Trail (1 day unguided)• Waterkloof Hike (1 day unguided)Riding:• Fish River Horse Riding (6 days)• Desert Horse Ride (6 days)Flying:• Classic South• Conception Bay Flight• Skeleton Coast & Damaraland Flight• Skeleton Coast (Ugab River Flight)• Skeleton Coast (Uniab River Flight)• Sossusvlei Scenic Flight• Sossusvlei Excursion• Ultimate South (Fish River)• Ultimate South (Luderitz)Ballooning:• Sossusvlei (dune fields)Fishing:• Boat Fishing• Combo Fishing• Shore Fishing Best of Namibia | 53
    • Game viewing:• Etosha Game Drives (from Halali,Okaukuejo, & Namutoni)Luderitz:• Kolmanskop Ghost Town• Pamona & Bogenfels Day Tour(Sperrgebiet Forbidden Diamond zone)• Schooner Trips (2½ hours from Luderitzharbour)Boating:• Caprivi Houseboat Safaris• Nama / Eagle Canoeing• Orange River Canoeing• Pride of the Zambezi HouseboatSwakopmund:• Bird watching• Seal colony at Cape Cross• Messum Crater (Welwitschia Mirabilis)• Fishing• Living Desert Tour• Minerals Half Day• Namib Desert Day Trip• Namib Desert Night Walks• Quad Biking• Sandboarding• Sandwich Harbour Tour• Skydiving• Spitzkoppe Day TourWalvis Bay:• Catamaran Cruise• Dolphin Cruise• Historian Quad Bike Edu-Desert• Sea KayakingWindhoek:• Township Cycling Tours• Windhoek Township Tours4x4 Trails:• Kalahari Bush Breaks Trail• Isabis 4x4 Trail• Naukluft 4x4 Trailwww.namibian.org54 | Best of Namibia
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    • Calendar of EventsJANUARYNew Year’s DayCelebrated in Namibia with parties and festive meals.FEBRUARYBank Windhoek Arts FestivalFirst of monthly pre-festival events of theatre, dance, music andvisual art as part of build-up before main event in September.MARCHEnjando Street FestivalLive entertainment such as dancing, live music, and traditionalcostumes.Independence DayNational holiday celebrated on the 21st each year.Wild CinemaAnnual international film festival.Good Friday / Easter Sunday / Easter MondayLate March or early April sees religious services and gatherings inchurches and cathedrals throughout Namibia.APRILWindhoek Karneval (WIKA)Weekend in late April, German festivities include Prinzenball (musicperformances, masked ball, children’s carnival and a parade).MAYWorkers’ DayNamibian public holiday on May 1st.Cassinga DayNamibian public holiday on May 4th commemorating the 1978 Battleof Cassinga.Africa DayPublic holiday on May 25th celebrating unity in Africa with a differenttheme annually.Adventure Race Namibia 24-Hour Ultra MarathonA 126km ultra race of three marathons in northern Namib Desertfrom Brandberg Mountain.Ascension DayNational holiday in mid to late May or early June (39 days afterEaster Sunday).JUNENamibia Tourism ExpoTourism showcase from beer and wine, to arts and crafts at theWindhoek Show Grounds; open to trade and general public.JULYOld Mutual Victory RaceCourse covers the half marathon distance in Swakopmund.Science and Technology FairHeld by the Windhoek Show Society.AUGUSTCollege of the Arts Music (COTA) FestivalIncludes solo performances from talented students in the NationalTheatre of Namibia at Windhoek with the Windhoek PhilharmonicOrchestra.Kuste KarnevalInvolves a street parade, numerous parties and children’s activities inSwakopmund.Heroes’ Day (Maharero Day)Lively event held in memory of Namibian war heroes on August 26thin Okahandaja and involves military processions, poetry and recitals.Ongwediva Trade FairAttraction hosting international and local exhibitors.SEPTEMBEROruuano of Namibia Arts FestivalLocal dance and music event held in Soweto Market in Windhoektwice a year (also in November).Summer Sound FestivalFeatures music and some dance performances in the IndependenceArena at Katutura.Namrock FestivalA showcase of the best local musicians at the Coca ColaEntertainment Dome at the Windhoek Showgrounds.Namibia has numerous festivals of art and music as well as trade shows and fairs allthroughout the year. Many are notably situated around Windhoek.56 | Best of Namibia
    • OCTOBEROktoberfestA popular internationally attended event showcasing Namibia’sGerman brewing tradition.Soul Desert FestivalSpiritual healing event with speakers, refreshments andentertainment.White Flag Herero ProcessionPopular parade held on weekend closest to the 10th at Ozondesuburb in Omaruru and always attracts a good turnout.Windhoek Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial ShowA widely attended industrial and agricultural show held at theshowgrounds.AE Gams Arts FestivalThe best in Namibian artwork exhibited at various galleries aroundWindhoek.NOVEMBEROruuano of Namibia Arts FestivalSecond of two events organised by the Namibian Artists’ Union andheld in Katutura, Windhoek.Annual Charity ConcertOrganised by the National Theatre of Namibia, Windhoek in aid ofthe elderly and vulnerable and local bands and choirs entertain theaudience.Christmas ConcertHeld at the National Theatre of Namibia, Windhoek annually isChristmas around the World and includes Christmas songs, carolsand hymns from all over the world as well as the traditional Africanprogramme.DECEMBERFNB Desert Dash 24-Hour MTB Team ChallengeCycle race from Windhoek to Swakopmund over the KhomasHochland.Swakopmunder MusikwocheIncludes a lecture, concert, an outdoor promenade concert andchurch concertInternational Human Rights DayPublic holiday on December 10th with much activity in Windhoek.ChristmasFocused on family celebrations and starting on December 24th forGerman Namibians. Family Day (Day of Goodwill) on December 26this used by traditional Namibian tribes and families to remember theirancestors.Source: www.namibiatourism.com.naNamibians regard public holidays as important events and highlights includeIndependence Day in March, Africa Day and Ascension Day in May, Heroes’ Day inAugust, and International Human Rights Day in December. Best of Namibia | 57
    • Sam NujomaNamibia’s first president and “father of the nation”.NamibianIcon58 | Best of Namibia
    • Namibian politician Samuel DanielShafiishuna Nujoma was born to theOvambo ethnic group on 12 May 1929in northern Namibia at Etunda village inOngandjera, the Omusati region. He was atthe helm of the SWAPO for 47 years – fromits founding in 1960 throughout its longstruggle against South African rule andinto independence. He became the firstPresident of Namibia from 1990 to 2005when Namibia gained independence on21 March 1990. He was re-elected in 1994and 1999 and remained in office until March2005.SWAPOFrom his humble beginnings as a railwayworker, Nujoma co-founded the politicalparty Ovamboland People’s Organisation inthe late 1950s, which then became SWAPOin 1960. The role of SWAPO was to bringindependence from South African apartheidrule to the Namibian people. As presidentof SWAPO, Nujoma unsuccessfully pleadedwith the United Nations for years to ensurethe release of South African control. He thentook matters into his own hands and formedan armed resistance in 1966 which startedthe Namibian War of Independence, lasting24 years. During this time, Nujoma becameknown as “Shafiishuna” which meanslightning.Namibian PresidentNujoma went into exile for almost 30 yearswhere he continued to organise the struggleuntil 1989 when he returned to assumepresidency. The United Nations supervisedthe elections which unanimously heraldedNujoma as Namibia’s first president andhe was sworn in by UN Secretary-GeneralJavier Pérez de Cuéllar on 21 March 1990.During his presidency, the ever-energeticNujoma skilfully tackled issues of education,housing, medical care, and internationaleconomic competitiveness. He ran aliberal-democracy and a largely freeenterprise economy. He focused on a policyof ‘national reconciliation’ in an effort tocreate ethnic harmony within Namibia.As president, Nujoma held no animositytowards South Africa in his economicdealings with the country.Hifekepunye Pohamba succeeded Nujomaas President of Namibia on 21 March 2005and when Nujoma relinquished his role ashead of SWAPO in 2007, he stated thathe was “passing the torch and mantle ofleadership to comrade Pohamba”. He wasgiven the honorary titles of Leader of theNamibian Revolution as well as FoundingFather of the Namibian Nation by theSWAPO Congress and the Namibian people.Nujoma’s son Utoni became Deputy Ministerof Justice after having been elected to theCentral Committee and Politburo of SWAPOin November 2007. Nujoma’s mother, KukuHelvi-Mpingana Kondombombolo died inNovember 2008 at a reported age of morethan 100 years old.Even after retiring from his former politicalroles, Nujoma is still politically active andcampaigns regularly for SWAPO acrossNamibia.AwardsTogether with his larger-than-life personality,Nujoma has numerous respectableaccolades, including a Doctorate honoriscausa in Public Management fromPolytechnic of Namibia in 2005 andobtained his Master’s degree in Geology atthe University of Namibia in 2009. In 2004he received the Cheetah ConservationFund’s Lifetime Conservation Award. Othernotable awards include the Lenin PeacePrize in 1968, the November Medal Prize in1978, the Frederick Joliot Curie Gold Medalin 1980, the Namibia Freedom Award fromCalifornia State University in 1980, as wellas an honorary doctorate from AhmaduBello University in Nigeria.Nujoma married Kovambo TheopoldineKatjimune in 1956 and has five children.Source: www.namibian.org Best of Namibia | 59
    • Born in Namibia, Marlice van Vuuren grewup surrounded by animals on her parents’farm, and spent the first 30 years of her lifecaring for stray and injured animals.During this time, she also developed a closerelationship with the local San communityand is one of a few non-native people in theworld to speak the San language.In 2004, Marlice and her husband, Dr Rudievan Vuuren, purchased a farm 13 km’s Eastof Windhoek and established their naturereserve, N/a’an ku sê, which means ‘Godwill protect us’ in the San language. TheWildlife Sanctuary cares for orphaned andinjured animals.This Namibian eco-project has gainedMarlice celebrity status across southernAfrica and her great passion and strides inconservation have been widely noted. Sheis well remembered for her starring rolealongside Lucky the three-legged cheetah inthe award winning VW Golf 6 advert. Luckyis one of N/a’an ku sê’s rescue successstories and is a favourite with visitors.Wild Animal Orphans on Animal PlanetA dedicated television documentary onAnimal Planet called Wild Animal Orphansfollows the work of Marlice and her family asthey care for injured and abandoned animalsat N/a’an ku sê. Aired on 6 March 2012, WildAnimal Orphans is broadcast throughoutAfrica, Europe and the Middle East.Highlights include the successful release ofcheetah and leopard at two of their releasesites, Solitaire and Sandfontein.Marlice’s unique understanding andconnection with animals such as cheetahs,lions, leopards, caracals, baboons andvultures, has given her expert ability inanimal handling. This skill has seen herinvolved in numerous internationallyacclaimed projects, photo shoots andfilms since the age of 13. One such projectwas working with Angelina Jolie andClive Owen in the movie Beyond Borders,where she had the charge of the vultures.Her skills in the San language have alsobeen invaluable for translation with crewswhen filming with the San community.The N/a’an ku sê Foundation was registeredMarlice van VuurenNamibia’s Star of Conservation.NamibianIcon60 | Best of Namibia
    • in 2007 with two main aims in mind – toprotect and conserve Namibia’s vulnerablewildlife and to improve the lives of themarginalised San community. N/a’an kusê Foundation is a UK registered charityorganisation and depends solely ondonations from sponsors and volunteers asit is non-government funded.N/a’an ku sê has received global awards andis supported by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.The kind of animals found at the Sanctuaryare those who need rehabilitation or careafter surviving gin traps and bullets fromstock farmers, including leopards, lions,caracal, wild dogs, baboons, and meerkats.The ones they are able to rehabilitate arereleased back into the wild.Filmmakers and photographers from all overthe world are encouraged to visit N/a’an kusê and capture Namibia’s unique wildlife,flora and scenic landscape. Namibia is oneof a few countries where six species of largecarnivore still exist – cheetah, leopard, lion,African wild dog, spotted hyena and brownhyena. Their care and protection is vital,which is further evidence of the importanceof Marlice’s role in Namibian wildlife. Thereare also volunteer programmes running in anumber of the N/a’an ku sê projects.About N/a’an ku sê FoundationApart from the Wildlife Sanctuary, Marlicealso founded the Carnivore ConservationResearch Project to protect and conservewild cheetah, leopard and brown hyenain Namibia, the Clever Cubs School andeducation for San children, and the LifelineClinic and medical outreach for the Sancommunity.Their philosophy is “Conservation throughInnovation” and they strive to createsustainable and long-term solutions. It istheir vision to play a pro-active role in natureconservation because they believe that wehold this invaluable heritage in our trust forfuture generations. We cannot undo whathas been done... but we can shape ourfuture.The unique Lodge, Neuras Estate is one ofthe ways of getting in much needed fundsand allowing the public to experience theproject first-hand. All profits from theiractivities go directly to benefit their workwith wildlife conservation and the Sancommunity.Marlice and her husband have two sons,Zacheo and Nicklai.For further information on N/a’an ku sêFoundation, please visit thewebsite www.naankuse.com oremail gemma@naankuse.com Best of Namibia | 61
    • Harold Pupkewitz was still at the helm ofhis business empire, Pupkewitz Holdings,after suffering a heart attack which led to hisdeath in Windhoek. As Executive Chairman,Pupkewitz oversaw all entities such as:Pupkewitz Motors - the largest dealer ofToyota, Nissan and Honda cars in Namibia;Megacell - the country’s largest distributorof Nokia, Samsung and Apple products;Pupkewitz Properties - one of the country’slargest owners of prime residential andcommercial real estate; as well as significantinterests in irrigation services and greentechnology.Harold’s father Max started business in oxwagon building and repairs in 1902. Heopened a shop in Okahandja in 1904 beforethe Herero and Namaqua War, due to itsposition on the route between Windhoek andthe coast of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.When the arrival of the railways ended theox wagon era, Max opened a general dealerbusiness in Windhoek in 1925.Harold Pupkewitz was born on 14 July 1915.After attending Windhoek High School in1932 he studied at Cape Town University.When on holiday in Windhoek in 1937 hedecided to join the family business. Sincethen, it has expanded throughout Namibia tobecome a recognised market leader and asignificant part of the Namibian economy.In July 1946, Harold Pupkewitz co-foundedM Pupkewitz and Sons. It started withbuilding material and farm supplies butexpanded in 1954 to include a furniture shopand a motor car sale business. Pupkewitzacquired the Toyota franchise in 1975 andlater added Hino trucks and the Nissanfranchise – growing into the largest car salesbranch in Namibia by 2002 with outlets inWindhoek, Walvis Bay, Keetmanshoop,Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Gobabis, andAranos. Pupkewitz Holdings was founded asan umbrella organisation in 1981.Pupkewitz was a member of the President’sEconomic Advisory Council, directed theboards of NamPost, NamPower, TelecomNamibia, and MTC Namibia, and waspresident of several political and economicalinstitutions.He set up the Harold Pupkewitz GraduateSchool of Business after a N$10-milliondonation to Polytechnic of Namibia. In 2011,the institution awarded him a Doctoratehonoris causa in Business Management. AsNamibia’s most dedicated philanthropist,Harold Pupkewitz significantly supportedNamibia’s vocational training and educationsystem, and was active in the ETSIPeducation upgrade initiative.Harold Pupkewitz married Ethel Meyerovitzin 1952 and they had two children.Pupkewitz was a devout Jew and foughtanti-Semitism.Widely regarded as the wealthiest Namibianin recent history with Namibia’s largestprivately-held conglomerate, HaroldPupkewitz’s legacy in Namibian businesswill endure for generations to come.www.inamibia.co.nawww.forbes.comHarold PupkewitzNamibianIconThe icon of Namibian business and industry and devoted philanthropist passed away on27 April 2012 at the age of 96.62 | Best of Namibia
    • Best of Namibia | 63Michelle McLean was born on 30July 1972 in Windhoek Namibia andattended Centaurus High School.As Miss Namibia in 1991, McLeancompeted in the Miss World pageantafter she was tied in 2nd place withMiss South Africa in the preliminarycompetition. She eventually finished inthe top five of Miss World.In 1992 at the age of 19, McLeanrepresented her country on the worldstage in Bangkok, Thailand andwalked away with the Miss Universecrown. It was her warmth and passionfor children which helped win overthe judges. She was the first andonly woman from Namibia to win thecrown.During her reign in 1992, McLeanfounded the Michelle McLeanChildren’s Trust in Namibia. Thefoundation is centred on the careand education of under-privilegedchildren. The trust has become one ofthe most notable and prolific welfareorganisations in Namibia and functionsunder McLean’s motto, “If you canimagine it, you can do it”.Her philanthropic work has not wanedsince her reign with the crown – shefounded the Michelle McLean PrimarySchool in Windhoek and Donna Terrain Cape Town, South Africa.She also played a fundamental role inbringing the Miss Universe Pageant toNamibia in 1995. She hosted the MissNamibia pageants of 1993 and 2001and was the co-host of the Miss Worldpageant in 2009 which was held inSouth Africa. She has also hosted theNokia Face of Africa and SA SportsIllustrated Model Search competitions.In 2010, she was the co-host alongwith rapper ProVerb at the Miss SouthAfrica pageant.She has become a prolific publicfigure in Southern Africa after havingpresented on television in South Africafor many years – most notably afterjoining the M-Net channel in 1995and presenting a number of variousprograms thereafter.She has also presented a show onDStv’s The Home Channel calledCelebrity Homes and Life Style Homesof South Africa, as well as hostingthe Revlon Supermodel competition’sthird season, a modelling reality showwhich aired on SABC3 from Octoberto December in 2007.www.michellemclean.co.zaMichelle McLeanNamibia’s Miss Universe, businesswoman, television presenter and MC.
    • Former Namibian athlete Frankie Frederickswas born on 2 October 1967 in Windhoek.He is Namibia’s first and only Olympicmedallist after he won four silver medalsin the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Gamesfor running the 100 metres and 200metres. He has also won gold medals atthe World Championships, World IndoorChampionships, All-Africa Games andCommonwealth Games. He holds the worldrecord of 19.92 seconds for 200 metresindoors which he achieved in 1996. Heholds the fastest non-winning time for the200 metres when in August 1996, Fredericksran 19.68 seconds in the Olympic final inAtlanta, Georgia.In 1987, Fredericks received a scholarshipto Brigham Young University in the U.S. Hecould only begin to compete in internationalcompetition in 1990 after Namibia becameindependent from the sanctioned apartheidSouth Africa. He competed at the WorldChampionships that year and won a silvermedal in the 200 metres after finishingbehind Michael Johnson, and then placed5th in the 100 metres.After becoming Namibia’s first Olympicmedallist in 1992 at the Summer Olympics inBarcelona, Fredericks became the country’sfirst World Champion in 1993 by winning the200 metres in Stuttgart. He won the goldmedal in his record breaking 200 metres in1994 at the Commonwealth Games with ablitz of 19.97 seconds, which still holds theCommonwealth record. He also won bronzein 100 metres in the same year.He is well known and loved by athleticsfans worldwide for his gentlemanlysportsmanship. He retired from competitionafter the 2004 season and became amember of the International OlympicCommittee and is also a member of the‘Champions for Peace’ club of elite athletes.He is number four in the 100 metre recordbooks, having run under 10 seconds 27times. He holds the record for the most sub-20 second 200 metre runs at 24 times.Sports are a national pride amongstNamibians and as a result, FrankieFredericks is one of the country’s most lovedpersonalities. He has welcomed this positionto avidly promote athletics in Namibia’syouth and has used his enthusiasm andpassion by founding the Frank FredericksFoundation in April 1999. The foundationaims to support developing youngsportsmen and sportswomen as well ascreating opportunities in education throughthe creation of scholarships.Fredericks is a Patron of KAYEC (KataturaYouth Enterprise Centre) and he enjoysmusic, literature, and soccer. Frederickshas been a great positive role model bothin his country and his sport, as he is widelyrespected by his fellow sportsman for hismanner.www.fff.org.naFrankie FredericksNamibia’s stellar sportsman and much-loved ambassador.NamibianIcon64 | Best of Namibia
    • Best of Namibia | 65Johanna Benson is a Paralympian athletefrom Walvis Bay, Namibia. She competes inT37 short distance sprint events in track andfield. She won silver in the Women’s 100m– T37 Final on day four of the London 2012Paralympic Games on 2 September 2012.She then went on to win gold ahead ofsilver medallist Bethany Woodward of GreatBritain in the Women’s 200m T37 Final onday seven of the London 2012 ParalympicGames on 5 September 2012.The Paralympic heroine once againwarmed the hearts of the nation when shebecame Namibia’s first gold medal winnerever when she won at the London 2012Paralympic Games. On return to her homecountry on 11 September along with her fiveParalympic teammates, Benson was greetedby hundreds of swarming fans at the HoseaKutako International Airport. The reserved22-year-old sports star’s face appeared onnumerous posters being excitedly wavedalongside the colours of the Namibian flag.The gold and silver medallist has inspiredNamibians of all ages and groups, evidentin the fact that she was welcomed backby schoolchildren, sports personalities,businesspeople and government officials.Her wide smile greeted her fans as shereceived hugs and posed for pictures beforeher parade down Independence Avenuein Windhoek. Benson was then invited toa banquet at State House by PresidentHifikepunye Pohamba to receive her rewardsand congratulations.There the President announced thegovernment would foot the bill for a houseof her choice in her hometown. Pohambaalso presented Benson with a diplomaticpassport in recognition to make herinternational travel much easier. This is allin addition to the N$170,000 she will earnfrom her medal winnings. The presidentthen went on to suggest that the Walvis BayMunicipality name a street after Benson inher honour.Monica Nashandi of NamPowercongratulated Benson on her achievementssaying that she had brought unbridledjoy to the Namibian nation. NamPowerentered into a partnership with the NamibianParalympics team in October 2011 andsponsored the team with N$700,000 beforethey left for the London Paralympic Games.Johanna Benson was raised by hermother Adelheid in Walvis Bay. Bensonpreviously won a bronze medal at the BeijingParalympics in 2008.www.namibiasport.com.nawww.namibian.com.naallafrica.comJohanna Benson – ‘Golden Girl’
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    • Vision 2030 and National Development PlansNamibia’s long-term development plan, Vision 2030 envisagesthat Namibia will become industrialised by 2030 and have a highperforming competitive economy offering high living standards to allits citizens.Under Vision 2030, the government wants to expand the capacityto produce secondary goods and services. The government hasalso come up with a new industrial policy that focuses on logistics,tourism, manufacturing and agriculture. The main objective of thenew policy is to grow different sectors of the Namibian economy, partof industrialisation efforts. The policy aims to get the manufacturingand services sectors to make up about 80 percent of Namibia’sgross domestic product (GDP) within the next 19 years. By 2030,exported processed goods should account for not less than 70percent of total exports. The industrial policy will also help Namibiansmall and medium enterprises (SMEs) to contribute no less than 30percent to the GDP. In addition, it will support the development of anefficient network of modern infrastructure including roads, railway,telecommunications and port facilities.Historical perspectiveWhen Namibia became an independent state in 1990, the economyhad challenges of low economic growth, a high rate of poverty,unequal distribution of wealth and income, and high unemployment.In addressing these challenges, the government has come up withNational Development Plans (NDPs) since independence in 1990.The first two NDPs focused on boosting and sustaining economicgrowth, creating employment, reducing inequalities in incomedistribution, and reducing poverty. The third NDP had the sameobjectives as the first two.The government is now implementing NDP4, which is focusing onthe execution of development strategies as well as monitoring andevaluating development. The three goals of NDP4 are high andsustained economic growth, employment creation and increasedincome equality. For the implementation of NDP4 the governmentplans to maintain macroeconomic stability, develop and retainsuperior skills needed by both the private and public sectors,develop capacity to do research and development, and makeNamibia the preferred investment location in Africa through theMinistry of Trade and Industry.The role of the Ministry of Trade and IndustryThe Ministry of Trade and Industry oversees the development andmanagement of Namibia’s economic regulatory regime, on the basisof which the country’s domestic and external economic relations areconducted. The Ministry promotes growth and development of theeconomy through the formulation and implementation of appropriatepolicies to attract investment, increase trade, develop and expandthe country’s industrial base. Through these efforts, the Namibianeconomy is developed and diversified with the goal of making itefficient, modern and competitive.The Ministry’s four main programmes are International Trade,Industrial and Entrepreneurship Development, the Department ofNamibia Investment Centre, and Trade and Commerce. Throughthese programmes, the ministry is leading the drive towardsindustrialisation, the realisation of an export-driven economy andmaking Namibia a preferred investors’ destination.The Namibian economy at a glanceNamibia’s most important mining products are: diamonds, uranium,lead, zinc, gold, copper, fluorspar, semi precious stones, dimensionstone and salt.The fishing industry is Namibia’s second biggest industry andexports fish to the European Union and other parts of the world.The main species found offshore Namibia are hake, horse mackerel,pilchards, anchovy, sole, squid, deep-sea crab, rock lobster, andtuna.Tourism is also one of the country’s biggest industries with about onemillion foreign visitors coming to Namibia every year. The touristsare mostly South African, German, British, Italian, French, and thosefrom other African countries.Agriculture is another big sector of the Namibian economy primarilygrape and dates, livestock and meat products. Namibia exports largevolumes of meat to the European Union, Norway and South Africa.Foreign Direct InvestmentThe World Investment Report 2012 of the United Nations Conferenceon Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released in July 2012 showedthat Namibia’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been growingsteadily since 2006, when it was only US$387-million. In the lastsix years, FDI inflows to Namibia have amounted to US$4-billion.According to the report, in 2011 FDI inflows to Namibia amounted toUS$900-million. The report showed that Namibia attracted the fourthbiggest FDI of all countries in Southern Africa.There is room for more investments in areas such as logistics,agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, manufacturing, and tourism.Namibia, the preferredinvestment location in AfricaHon Dr Hage G. Geingob and Hon Tjekero Tweya – Minister andDeputy Minster of Trade and Industry68 | Best of Namibia
    • FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIONMr. Munu G. KuyonisaDirectorTel: +264 61 2837337 Fax: +264 61 238607Email: kuyonisa@mti.gov.naThe Ministry Website:www.mti.gov.nawww.investnamibia.com.naCOMMERCIALCOUNSELLORS:Angola: LuandaJohn UpindiRua da liberdade no 20Vila Alice, Caixa Postal 953, LuandaTel: +244222 321241/321952Fax: +244222 322008/323848Belgium: BrusselsBonny HaufikuAve de Tervuren 454, B 1150BrusselsTel: (+322) 7711410Fax: (+322) 7719689Germany: BerlinMs. Mekondjo Kaapanda-GirnusCommercial CounsellorEmbassy of the Republic of NamibiaReichsstraße 17, 14052 Berlin,GermanyTel: (+49-30) 254 0950Fax: (+49-30) 25 40 9555Email: commerce@namibia-botschaft.dewww.namibia-botschaft.deIndia: New DelhiMr. Jakova KatuambaCommercial CounsellorHigh Commission of the Republic ofNamibiaA-2/6 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi -110057, IndiaTel: +9111 2614 0389/0890/4772Fax: +9111 2614 6120/2615/5482Email: commercial.jmk@gmail.comSouth Africa: PretoriaMr. Bonaventura HindaCommercial CounsellorNamibia High Commission197 Blackwood St, ArcadiaPretoria, South AfricaTel: +27 12 481 9114/343 3060Fax: +27 12 343 8924Email: comcounsellor@namibia.org.zawww.namibia.org.zaUnited States of America:WashingtonMr. Freddie !Gaoseb Embassy of the Republic of Namibia1605 New Hampshire Avenue, N. W.WASHINGTON D.C. 20009Tel: +1-202-9860540Fax: +1-202-9860443Email: gaosebf@namibianembassy.orgDay of the African Child 2012 at the MinistryMs Bernadette Artivor, Executive Director Namibia InvestmentCentre-during a promotion mission to Dubai, 2012CONTACT USOFFICE OF THE MINISTERHon. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, MPMinisterTel: +264 61 2837334Fax: +264 61 220148Email: tjahikika@mti.gov.naHon. Tjekero Tweya, MPDeputy MinisterTel: +264 61 2837329Fax: +264 61 253866Email: ndara@mti.gov.naOFFICE OF THE PERMANENTSECRETARYDr. Malan LindequePermanent SecretaryTel: +264 61 283 7332Fax: +264 61 220 227 Email: kamalanga@mti.gov.naNAMIBIA INVESTMENTCENTREMs. Bernadette ArtivorUnder-Secretary/ExecutiveDirectorTel: +264 61 283 7335Fax: +264 61 220 278Email: nic@mti.gov.na or artivor@mti.gov.naINDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTDIRECTORATEMs. Petrina NakaleDirector (Acting)Tel: +264 61 283 7328Fax: +264 61 259 676Email: martina@mti.gov.naDIRECTORATEINTERNATIONAL TRADEDIRECTORATE COMMERCEMs. Anascy Mwanyangapo DirectorTel: +264 61 283 7331Fax: +264 61 253 865Email: mwanyangapo@mti.gov.naMr. T. AndimaDirector (Acting)Tel: +264 61 2837239Fax: +264 61 222 576Email: andima@mti.gov.na Best of Namibia | 69
    • The NCCI is the leading private sectorrepresentative body in Namibia, representingcompanies which have chosen Namibiaas a host for their investments. NCCI isrecognised by all stakeholders includinggovernment and has partnerships withcounterparts within the region and beyond.NCCI is also a member of the InternationalChamber of Commerce and Industry.With approximately 38,000 businessesregistered and operating in Namibia, theNCCI believes that Namibia is the idealplace to do business. More than 2,000companies throughout Namibia havealready joined the NCCI in an effort to growtheir businesses and build a better unitedcommunity of business in Namibia. Thesecompanies recognise that their business isnot bounded by a river or a beltway. Theyrealise that a country of about two-millionresidents must work together to retain andenhance our quality of life, or better still,improve on it.Namibia’s market size is complementedby the wider regional markets, which areensured through the bilateral and multilateralagreements in place. Namibia is naturallyendowed with various resources, creatingproximity to production input. Labour isavailable, and can also be complemented byexpatriates if necessary. Our members haveenjoyed valuable incentives, and capitalrepatriation is not restricted. Private sector isalso not over-regulated and we are keepingconstant contact with the policy makers.The country’s state of the art infrastructureconnects with all neighbouring states andbeyond, thus accessing the wider regionaland international networks.The NCCI will continue to strive towardsthe creation of conditions that are conducivefor doing business in Namibia.Legislation takes into account factorsimpacting on the business environment, andit is gratifying that there are several businesssuccess stories that we have witnessedover the years. The NCCI has championedamendments of some legislation in a bid toNamibia Chamber ofCommerce and Industry (NCCI)NCCI Board members – 2012/14Mr Tarah Shaanika NCCI CEO70 | Best of Namibia
    • has transformed itself over time, from a discriminatory fragmentedstructure to a unitary organisation with branches in all the regions ofNamibia. As a fully independent private sector body, NCCI identifiesissues affecting the commerce and industries, and advocates for aspeedy resolution. Furthermore, NCCI offers a comprehensive andcontinuously developing range of training and business services.Primary Responsibilities• To represent the general interest of the business community,• To cooperate, through dialogue, with various private and publicsector bodies,• To play an advisory role vis-à-vis government and otherstakeholders,• To promote economic development and help companies grow theirbusiness.Namibia Chamber of Commerce and IndustryTel: +264 61 228809 | www.ncci.org.napromote trade and investment in Namibia.One such law is the Foreign InvestmentAct, whose amendment the NCCI hadcampaigned for so that the local economycould get maximum benefit from foreigndirect investments and build a strongerdomestic private sector. The aim is to havean investment act that ensures job creation,value addition and faster economic growth.The Chamber would also like to see foreigninvestment that makes a meaningful impacton the local economy.The NCCI hosts conferences andseminars on topical issues, and facilitatesforeign Business Missions and TradeFair participation which enable Namibianbusinesses to identify partners within andbeyond. The Chamber helps members gainbusiness exposure which enables themto establish useful business links and findmarkets for their products and services.The Namibia Chamber of Commerceand Industry (NCCI) was establishedshortly after independence in 1990, andMs Tulimeyo Kaapanda – Ausiku: Manager:Marketing and Business DevelopmentMrs Martha Namudjembo-Tilahun – NCCIPresident Best of Namibia | 71
    • creating peace of mindThe Namibian Standards Institution (Nsi)The NSI is Namibia’s national standards body(NSB). The rationale for the establishmentof the NSI is to promote the Government’sStrategic Development Plans (NDPs)towards the realisation of Vision 2030, andprovides for the NSI to render effective andefficient services in the area of standardsdevelopment and coordination, metrology(legal and scientific), quality assurance andthe administration of the National QualityPolicy. With the ever decreasing role oftariffs in international trade, standards areoften used as non-tariff barriers makingstandardisation to become an importantfocus of inter-state trade both regionally andinternationally.The Namibian government designed nationalpriorities in the form of National DevelopmentPlans (NDPs), which serve as the medium-term mechanisms to achieve the long-termgoals stated in what is known as ‘Vision2030.’ The main goal of Vision 2030 is toaccelerate Namibia’s economic growthand development through industrialisation.The government has identified eight mainobjectives and their associated Key ResultsArea (KRAs) in its Vision 2030, which formedthe basis for the NDP3.Among the eight thematic areas laid down inVision 2030, are a few areas in which the NSIplays a critical role in contributing towardsthe achievement of Vision 2030. The NSI,through its services can contribute towardssocio-economic transformation by ensuringthat the majority of the Namibian businesses,including small and medium-size enterprises(SMEs) meet at least the minimum requiredstandards for their products to be certified,not only for the local market, but also for theinternational markets.As the NSB for Namibia, the NSI isresponsible for the development andcoordination of standards in Namibia. Aspart of this process the NSI has establishedeight technical committees (TCs) to drivethe development and/or adoption ofstandards in compliance with the WorldTrade Organisation (WTO) Technical Barriersto Trade (TBT) Agreement Annex 3, Codeof Good Practice for the preparation,adoption and application of standards. TheTCs have already adopted three standardsfor ratification by the Namibian StandardsCouncil (NSC) as Namibian Standards:NAMS/ISO 9001:2008 (Quality ManagementSystems); NAMS/ISO 22000:2005 (FoodSafety Management Systems) and NAMS/ISO14001 (Environmental Management Systems).The NSI is designated by the Governmentof Namibia as the Technical Inspection bodythat inspects and certifies fish and fisheryproducts since 30 April 2009. As part of itsmandate, the NSI has established a fullyfunctional Fishery Inspectorate in Walvis Bayand Lüderitz as well as a Food Laboratory inWalvis Bay consisting of the microbiology andmarine biotoxins testing laboratories.The NSI Food Laboratory was assessed bythe internationally recognised accreditationbody, the South African NationalAccreditation System (SANAS) on 30November to 1 December 2010 and has beenduly accredited to the international standardISO/IEC 17025:2005. The accreditationscope includes six (6) microbiology andthree (3) marine biotoxins test methods.The NSI Fishery Inspectorate has also beenaccredited to the international standard ISO/IEC 17020:1998.The scope of accreditationfor the fishery inspectorate covers mainlychilled and frozen fish, and canned fish andcanned meat products.The granting of accreditation to the twoNSI conformity assessment functionsmentioned above, is recognition that theNSI is competent to carry out specific tasks,thus reports and/or certificates for productstested, inspected and certified by the NSIFood Laboratory and Fishery Inspectoratewould be accepted anywhere in the world,resulting in increased market access of theseimportant export products for Namibia.It is important to note that the Fishery sectorcomes second only to mining as far ascontribution to Namibia’s GDP and exportearnings are concerned. The fishing industryis a source of considerable employment formany Namibians and it is currently estimatedthat the industry employs a total of about13 700 individuals.On 20 May 2011 the NSI MetrologyLaboratory was officially inaugurated to serveas the National Metrology Institute (NMI)of Namibia. The NMI is responsible for theestablishment of a national measurementtraceability system through maintenanceof national measurement standards anddissemination of the traceability by providingcalibration services to industry. The facilityalso houses the legal metrology function thathas been transferred from the Ministry ofTrade and Industry to the NSI effective from 1April 2011 and would be responsible for theadministration of the Trade Metrology Act No.77 of 1973, as amended, and the MetrologyAmendment Act No. 17 of 2005.72 | Best of Namibia
    • Thus, the NSI as an agency of governmenthas a special role of coordinating theestablishment of Namibia’s national qualityinfrastructure as the central component ofthe country’s National Quality Policy which isthe necessary prerequisite for the protectionof the consumer and to facilitate trade andregional integration.The NSI is convinced that all its efforts andhard work will be rewarded through Namibiaachieving Vision 2030 and every Namibianbenefitting from quality products and servicesin the country.The NSI provides the following services:• Selling of standards• Information on standards and standards-related matters• Developing and adopting of standards• Certifying of products, managementsystems and personnel• Information on certification processes• Inspecting and testing of products andmaterials• MetrologyNSI’s Core IdeologyVisionTo be the key National Standards Bodycontributing to a world class economy inNamibia, known for excellence.MissionPromoting standardisation of products for thesafety of consumers, the protection of theenvironment and improved access to globalmarkets.Core Values• Focussed on performance but fair onpeople. As a knowledge-based agencythe competence, commitment andempowerment of its people is paramount toits success. People are its core asset. Highperformance is expected at all times.• Standardised excellence The NSI lives by the standards it expectsfrom others.• Streamlined efficiency. Simplifying and continuously improving NSIprocesses.• Stakeholder and customer-centric service The NSI is designed to seamlessly serviceits stakeholder expectations and satisfycustomer needs.Namibian Standards InstitutionTel: +264 61 386400Fax: +264 61 386454P.O. Box 26364Windhoek, NamibiaForum (Old Sanlam) BuildingFirst Floor, Suite 11511 – 17 Dr Frans Indongo StreetWindhoekNamibiaNSI Metrology LaboratoryTel: +264 61 386470Fax: +264 61 386477P.O. Box 26364Windhoek, Namibia31 Edison StreetSouthern Industrial AreaWindhoekNamibiaNSI Testing CentreTel: +264 64 216600Fax: +264 64 200151Cnr. Nangolo Mbumba Drive & 11th RdP.O. Box 123Walvis BayNamibiaNSI Inspection CentreTel: +264 64 216650Fax: +264 64 203868220 1st Street EastP.O. Box 123Walvis BayNamibiaNSI Fishery InspectionTel: +264 63 203698Fax: +264 63 203697P.O. Box 947LüderitzNamibiaWebsite: www.nsi.com.na Best of Namibia | 73
    • Namibia’s strategic location as a gatewayto the Southern African DevelopmentCommunity (SADC), and the world at large,underlines the necessity of an effectiveroute network in order to facilitate economicgrowth, not only locally, but also regionallyand internationally. To this effect world-class airport infrastructure and services areessential.The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) hasrecorded significant continual growth inits passenger traffic over the last coupleof years, with passenger traffic for the2011 calendar year increasing by 12.21%compared to the 2010 calendar year (2011:956 862; 2010: 852 788).The Namibia AirportsCompany (Pty) Ltd (NAC):Infrastructural DevelopmentsArtist impressions of the new Ondangwa Airport terminal buildingArtist impressions of the new Ondangwa Airport terminal buildingArtist impressions of the new OndangwaAirport terminal building74 | Best of Namibia
    • Central to the Namibia Airports Company’scorporate strategy is the improvement ofNamibia’s major airports such as OndangwaAirport and Walvis Bay Airport, so that theyare better able to handle the increasing localand international passenger traffic, meetprogressively more stringent internationalairport security benchmarks and provideboth passenger and other key stakeholderswith a world-class experience.New developments:1. Ondangwa AirportOndangwa Airport, situated in the farnorth of the country close to the Angolanborder, serves as the gateway to and fromthe northern regions as well as to the restof Namibia and is a strategic air link andrefuelling hub for flights to central Africa.One of the significant infrastructuredevelopments by the Namibia AirportsCompany is the upgrading of OndangwaAirport, Namibia’s second largest domesticairport, to a globally accepted standard overthe next few years. This project includes anew terminal building and the upgradingof the runway and airport infrastructure, aswell as the introduction of container depotsto add value to the railway line interlinksbetween the main business centres in thenorth of the country, namely Ondangwa,Oshakati and the border town of Oshikango.2. Walvis Bay AirportWalvis Bay Airport is located some 15kmeast of the harbour town of Walvis Bay. Theairport has been earmarked as Namibia’ssecond international airport due to itsstrategic location on the west coast of Walvis Bay Airport – Baggage claim Best of Namibia | 75
    • Walvis Bay Airport – Recently completed new Fire StationWalvis Bay Airport – Recently completed new fire stationWalvis Bay Airport – Landside view at night76 | Best of Namibia
    • Namibia and is in close proximity tothe country’s only harbour, which servesas an import/export hub for Namibiaand the landlocked countries of theSouthern African Development Community(SADC).The most significant infrastructuredevelopment project currently under way, tothe tune of N$75-million (U$9,12-million), isthe construction of a new terminal building.The new terminal building will boostpassenger facilitation from the current 50to 250 passengers per peak hour. Apartfrom the increased passenger facilitationcapacity, the new terminal facility will delivermore retail/commercial opportunities andproduct choices for the benefit of airportusers.The development will further becomplimented by the lengthened state-of-the-art runway, which will ultimatelycapacitate the airport to handle theworld’s largest cargo and passengeraircrafts. As part of the development, amodern fire and rescue station has alsobeen built to fully comply with standardsrequired by the International CivilAviation Organisation (ICAO) of which theNamibia Airports Company is a member.The development will also include theconstruction of warehousing facilities atthe airport to cater for the fishing industryand provide storage facilities to any otherbusiness needs.3. Other completed projectsOther completed projects include theconstruction of a new fire station andapron expansion at Windhoek’s onlydomestic airport, Eros Airport, as well as theconstruction of a fire station and terminalfacility expansion at Lüderitz Airport in thesouth of the country.All the current and past developmentprojects form part of the company’s roll-out of its strategic plan for regional airportsto meet and exceed the expectations ofits stakeholders and is well in line withthe National Development Plans (NDP3)goals of the Namibian government forthe infrastructure of air transport, whichamongst others, highlights the facilitation ofinter-regional connectivity and conformanceto SADC regional transport infrastructureand ensuring safe passenger facilitation inNamibia.Tel:+ 264 61 295 5000Email: pr@airports.com.nawww.airports.com.naWalvis Bay Airport – Public ConcourseWalvis Bay Airport – Wide angle view of new facilities - car rentals complex at left, aircraft onnew apron at right Best of Namibia | 77
    • Johannes !Gawaxab,Managing Director,Old Mutual Africa OperationsOn Old MutualMy vision for Old Mutual is to remain as adominant financial services company thatcustomers trust, stakeholders admire andrespect and employees are proud to workfor.Being the recipient of the recent TopEmployer in Africa award is an achievementthat is humbling, an achievement we allcan be exceptionally proud of which is thedirect result of the culture, teamwork andimmense energy we put in to work togetherto serve our customers. The contribution ofour employees is invaluable to the successof Old Mutual Namibia which shines throughour diversity, attitude and passion which isof significant strength.Great companies are those that are wellrun, excel at execution, focus on growth,innovate and understand the needs of theircustomers. We are committed to being aresponsible corporate citizen in the manycommunities in which we operate andwe express this through our corporatevalues, responsible business policy andcommitment to and interaction with ourstakeholders.On the Financial Services IndustryNamibia has to accelerate its post-independence transition trend with the viewto create and sustain prosperity. Financialservices play a critical role in unlockingNamibia’s full potential and should gear itselfto rising to meet this expectation realistically.We know that domestic policies are decisivedeterminants of prosperity, but many ofour challenges are in the arena of policyimplementation and we do need to put morefocus on policy execution than on policyformulation to deliver on our promises tocustomers and stakeholders.We need to democratise insurance, toensure accessibility to financial servicesnationwide. Along with us, fellow financialservices institutions should coherentlyfocus on the importance of economictransformation in order to best employ ourtransmission role within the economy.On NamibiaMy vision for Namibia is that it becomes acompetitive nation where the majority of itscitizens have access to basic services –health, education, water and food, andwhere the basic rule of law is upheld.To best enable this we need to createand build inclusive economic institutions,transfer and accelerate property rights,encourage investments in new technologiesand create export markets for Namibiangoods and services.While it is true that many of our challengesare rooted in history, at the same time manyof these are of a social nature – as such wecan all do something about changing thisfor the better. By so doing, we’ll transformthe economics of the nation and expandopportunities in Namibia. The choice is mostcertainly ours.78 | Best of Namibia
    • Best of Namibia | 79Proudly African is an initiative of GlobalVillage Africa which is a marketingand business platform geared towardsshowcasing and harmonising Africa’sdevelopment, trade and cultural diversity toa global audience.This is where the BEST OF AFRICAin business, government and non-profitorganisations unite, promoting their visionand best practice in order to find the rightcustomers, partnerships and joint ventures- in order to grow alongside the continent’sindisputable economic potential.The initiative has an unstoppable magneticpresence with its ever growing country andsectoral window already in over 20 Africanstates. We invite all leaders in business andgovernment across Africa to showcase andintegrate their visions and activities so as topromote inter-Africa trade, investment andtechnology transfer from around the globe.We also invite all Africa’s media,trade exhibitions, conferences and businesschambers to use the platform to gainmutually beneficial exposure.Fully unlocking Africa’s promise requiresgreater continent-wide economic integrationand inter-trade; such as in Europe, whereintegration has enabled the continent tobecome the world’s single biggest market.Integration and inter-trade is not only urgent,but also indispensable to unlock economiesof scale and propel Africa’s competitivenessin the global economy, thus aligning thecontinent with the global flows of trade andfinance as an equal partner.Africa’s massive economic potential still lieslargely untapped - but not for much longer.The world is coming and so is the dream ofa more united Africa. We need to make surewe maximise on the growth for the benefit ofall of Africa and its people.www.ProudlyAfrican.infoProudly AfricanBoosting Trade, Development andCultural Relations across Africa.Proudly AfricanBoosting inter-trade & culturalrelations across the continentwww.ProudlyAfrican.info
    • 80 | Best of NamibiaTravel, Tours and LeisureCHAPTER 2
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    • Every reason to visit NamibiaNamibia has some of the best infrastructurein Africa such as roads and communication.It is often said that Namibia is a third worldcountry with first world facilities. The countryalso has a warm climate and very friendlyand welcoming people.Namibia has a competitive advantageover many destinations because its lowpopulation densities and strict measuresby the government on managing theenvironment, have led to the preservationof pristine scenery and wildlife populations.The other advantage is that Namibia is astable and peaceful country.Tourism growingThe Namibian tourism sector has seensteady growth from around 200,000arrivals in 1992 to over one million visitorsat present. Tourism is one of the biggestcontributors to the country’s GDP. Germansmake up the majority of European touristsvisiting Namibia, while large numbers ofSouth Africans also visit Namibia.Namibia’s major tourist attractions include:the Etosha National Park; Waterberg PlateauNamibia is referred to as the land of contrasting beauty because of spectacular sceneryand large numbers of wildlife including elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs,giraffes, hippos and buffalo.82 | Best of Namibia
    • Park; Otjikoto and Guinas Lakes; EpupaFalls; World Heritage Site Twyfelfontein;Popa Falls; Impalila Island; Kalahari andNamib Deserts; Sossusvlei; Namib NaukluftPark; Fish River Canyon – which is thesecond largest canyon in the world; theseaside town of Swakopmund; Walvis Bay;Skeleton Coast; and for mountain lovers andclimbers – Spitzkoppe and Brandberg.Billion dollar industryStatistics from the Ministry of Environmentand Tourism show that export earnings frominternational visitors and tourism goodsare expected to reach just over US$2-billion by 2018. It is forecast that by 2018,129,000 jobs would have been created inthe industry. The World Travel and TourismCouncil forecast that growth in the Namibiantourism industry is expected to average justbelow eight percent over the next ten years.The government has identified tourismas a sector that will help ease Namibia’sunemployment levels. As part of effortsto unlock the potential of the sector, anumber of programmes will be fundedin tourism development and wildlifeprogrammes under the Targeted InterventionProgram for Employment and EconomicGrowth (TIPEEG), which is a governmentprogramme set up to create jobs. Withthis programme, the government expectstourist arrivals to increase and more jobsto be created. TIPEEG also aims to marketintensively and improve air access to touristattractions. Under TIGEEG, infrastructure inunderdeveloped areas will be upgraded andthe government expects to invest close toUS$80-million in the tourism sector over thenext three years.International recognitionNamibian efforts in developing the tourismindustry and conserving the environmenthave not gone unnoticed. Namibia wasbeen chosen to host the 2013 AdventureTravel World Summit in the coastal resort ofSwakopmund – the first time the summit isheld in Africa. This is in recognition of thevibrant tourism industry and conservationinitiatives.Namibia is one of the few countriesin the world with conservation andenvironmental management mandated inthe constitution. Since Independence in1990, the percentage of land area undersome form of conservation managementhas expanded from 13 percent to anoutstanding 42 percent. People living inthese conservancies have a voice in themanagement and the benefits of living withwildlife.The first four conservancies were registeredin 1998. Today, there are 76 registeredcommunal conservancies in Namibia,covering over 18 percent of the land areaof the country and directly benefitting over250,000 rural Namibians.There are over 40 joint-venture lodgesand campsites emerging or operating incommunal conservancies across Namibia– providing jobs, training, and income toconservancy members.Namibia’s approach to sustainable utilisationhas seen its elephant, black rhino and lionpopulations increase substantially sinceIndependence. Namibia is known as “thecheetah capital of the world” and has theworld’s largest free roaming lion population.Namibia is the only country in Africa that isactively translocating game from nationalparks into communal lands.Namibia is recognised as a leader incommunity-based conservation and wasawarded the 2012 Markhor Award forOutstanding Conservation Performancein recognition of its exceptional wildlifeconservation programme.Ministry of Trade and IndustryTel: +264 61 2837332 | www.mti.gov.nawww.namibiatourism.com.na Best of Namibia | 83
    • Namibia – your destination in AfricaSituated just north of South Africa on thesouth-western coast of Africa, Namibia isa vast country. The total surface area of824,269 km² consists mainly of a desertand semi-desert environment, with tropicalswamplands in the far north-eastern cornerof the country, where Namibia bordersZimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Zambiain an elongated panhandle strip of land nearthe Okavango River.Namibia has 20 state-owned parks andreserves covering approximately 16,5%of the total land area and almost 200privately owned game reserves. The totalarea of protected land in Namibia, enjoyingconservation through state, communityconservancy or private efforts is no lessthan 45% of the country’s surface area. TheNamibian tourism industry is regulated by theNamibia Tourism Board and is organised tocater for every visitor, from the soul searcherto the adventure seeker, with spectacularareas of unspoilt nature and wildernessbeing the most sought-after attractions.Namibian people are friendly andapproachable and Namibia has an excellenttrack record of being a safe destination tovisit. It is a peaceful and politically stablecountry, ruled by a multi-party Parliamentunder a democratic constitution. Currentindications are that in 2011 Namibia’spopulation stands at an estimated2.3-million people. The population density,at just fewer than three people per squarekilometre, is one of the lowest in the world.Namibia is home to many ethnic groups of84 | Best of Namibia
    • evident diversity. Each of the varied culturalgroups has their unique traditions andcultural traits that contribute to the richnessof Namibia’s cultural heritage. English isthe official language but German, Afrikaansand a large variety of other languages anddialects are spoken as well.As one of the key economic sectors in thecountry, tourism is a national priority.Namibia – Windhoek8th floor, Channel Life Tower Building39 Post Street MallPrivate Bag 13244, WindhoekTel: +264 61 290 6069Fax: +264 61 239 269info@namibiatourism.com.nawww.namibiatourism.com.na Best of Namibia | 85
    • The Namibia AirportsCompany (Pty) Ltd (NAC)The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) isa state-owned enterprise established inline with the Airports Company Act, Act25 of 1998, which functions autonomouslyunder a Board of Directors, appointed bythe Minister of Works and Transport inhis capacity as the portfolio Minister. Thecompany, which commenced operations inFebruary 1999 with the vision to be a world-class service provider in airport operationsand management, is well on its way toachieve just that.The Namibia Airports Company is amember of the International Civil AviationOrganisation (ICAO), Airports CouncilInternational (ACI) and the InternationalAir Cargo Association (TIACA). In additionto the latter, the Namibia Airports Companyis a national corporate member of theNamibia Chamber of Commerce & Industry(NCCI), the premier voice of business inNamibia. Given its central role in Namibia’stourism sector, the Namibia AirportsCompany also has representation on theMarketing Committee of the NamibiaTourism Board.In its quest to become a world-classservice provider in airport operationsand management, the Namibia AirportsCompany deemed it crucial for a strategiccorporate focus to better enable it toserve its clients and improve its financialsustainability on the following key focusareas:• Infrastructure development, maintenance,technology and modernisation;• Aeronautical revenue growth –passengers, cargo and aircraftmovements;• Non-aeronautical (commercial) revenuegrowth – vehicle parking, advertising, carrentals, retail and property;• Cost efficiencies and internal processes;and• Human capital development.86 | Best of Namibia
    • Hosea Kutako InternationalAirportRunway Category: 4EElevation: 5 640ftMain Runway Length: 4 532mMain Runway Width: 45mSecondary Runway Length: 1 525mSecondary Runway Width: 30mFire Fighting Category: 9The flagship of Namibia Airports Company,Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) issituated 45km east of Windhoek, the capitalcity of Namibia and is the country’s onlyinternational airport, complementing theestablished route networks of other hubswithin Southern Africa.HKIA handles over 700 000 passengersannually and over 15 000 aircraftmovements. The scheduled airlines callingat HKIA are Air Namibia, South AfricanAirways, Air Berlin, TAAG Angola Airlines,South African Express (Pty) Ltd andBritish Airways, offering daily connectionsto Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luandaand Frankfurt. The said Airlines furtherconnect HKIA to international hubs such asFrankfurt, Accra, Münich and other regionaldestinations including Victoria Falls inZambia.As part of the company’s strategic plan,future projects are envisaged to developand/or upgrade infrastructures and facilitiesin order to increase airport capacity and thevariety and quality of service with the recentrehabilitation of the airport runway being thelatest capital projects completed.In line with the Namibia Airports CompanyMaster Plan, Hosea Kutako InternationalAirport is set to undergo an extensiverefurbishment, which amongst otherswill include the expansion of the terminalbuilding, vehicle parking areas and theexpansion of the CIP lounge as short-term projects. Long-term projects includethe construction of a new fire station,construction of a new terminal buildingand a VIP terminal, as well as a hoteldevelopment with conference facilities.Business operations and services offeredat HKIA include:• Various aircraft refuelling facilities• Ground handling services• Hangar operations• Aircraft maintenance facilities• Gift shops• Business lounges• Restaurants and coffee shops• Duty-free outlets• Bureau de change services• Postal services• Tourism information centre• Car-rental operations• Business offices• Bookshop and news stands• Tax refund facilities• Short-term and long-term parking facilitiesOther AirportsBesides Hosea Kutako International Airport,the Namibia Airports Company owns andmanages the following airports across thecountry:Eros Airport – domestic airport centrallylocated 5km from the Windhoek’s citycentre.• Runway Category: 3C• Elevation: 5 584ft• Runway Length: 2 229m• Runway Width: 30m• Fire Fighting Category: 4Walvis Bay Airport – located 15km east ofthe harbour town of Walvis Bay.• Runway Category: 3C• Elevation: 299ft / 91m• Runway Length: 1 675m (3 440m)• Runway Width: 60m• Fire Fighting Category: 7Ondangwa Airport – located in Namibianorth central part• Runway Category: 3C• Elevation: 3 599ft / 1 097m• Runway Length: 2 987m• Runway Width: 30m• Fire Fighting Category: 6Lüderitz Airport – Located at the southernharbour town of Lüderitz• Runway Category: 3• Elevation: 457ft / 139m• Runway Length: 1 890m• Runway Width: 30m• Fire Fighting Category: 0Rundu Airport – located in the far north ofNamibia• Runway Category: 3C• Elevation: 3 629ft / 1 105m• Runway Length: 3 354m• Runway Width: 30m• Fire Fighting Category: 0Katima Mulilo Airport – located in the farextreme eastern end of the Caprivi Strip• Runway Category: 4• Elevation: 3 144ft / 958.2m• Runway Length: 2 292m• Runway Width: 30m• Fire Fighting Category: 0Keetmanshoop – situated in the centralsouthern region of Namibia• Runway Category: 4• Elevation: 3 506ft / 1 069m• Runway Length: 2 316m• Runway Width: 30m• Fire Fighting Category: 4Namibia Airports CompanyCorporate Office154 Independence Avenue, SanlamCentre, 5th FloorPO Box 23061Windhoek, NamibiaTel: +264 (0) 61 295 5000Fax: +264 (0) 61 295 5022Email: hq@airports.com.na Best of Namibia | 87
    • Aerial ViewBackgroundAir Namibia is the National Airline of theRepublic of Namibia, wholly owned by theGovernment of the Republic Namibia. Itsmain purpose is to transport passengersand cargo (freights) on domestic, regionaland international flights. It is one of theseven African carriers operating successfullyand is a certified member of the InternationalAir Transport Association (IATA).The Airline was founded in 1946 as SouthWest Air Transport which later changed toSouth West Airways. The airline was, atinception, operating only domestic routesand in 1989; it acquired a B737-200 to startits regional operations to Johannesburgand Cape Town in South Africa. FollowingNamibia’s independence in 1990, AirNamibia started two weekly flights toFrankfurt-Germany, using a Boeing 747-SP.With its head office in Windhoek-Namibia,the airline has offices and representatives atall its destinations as well as central Europe,The Russian Federation, China, India andthe US.Airline’s Contribution to the Economy:• Air Namibia makes a positive neteconomic (value) contribution to thenational economy, in line with its mandate.• The Namibian Tourism sector, in whichAir Namibia is a key and major player, isthe country’s third largest contributor to“Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”.• Contribution to GDP comes in the form ofvisitor expenditure and the airline’s ownexpenditure in the Namibian economythrough procurement of goods andservices, as well as related jobs created inresorts and general supporting industries.Corporate Values• Respect - We will treat our stakeholdersand their belongings with respect.• Safety - No operational urgency orbusiness consideration would ever justifyendangering anyone’s life.• Efficiency - We will do everything we doright to the best of our ability and with nocompromise on standards and customerexpectations.• Reliability - We will strive to honour ourcommitment to our passengers in everyaspect of our service delivery.• Excellence – We shall always strivewith eagerness to exceed our customerexpectations. We will do everything we doright to the best of our ability and with nocompromise on standards.• Integrity – Honesty in everything we do isfor us a virtue.Primary Business GoalThe Company’s business operationsprimarily involve provision of air transportservices for passengers and cargo. Withadditional Ground Handling Servicesdivision, which provides ground handlingservices for passengers and aircraft at“Carrying the spirit of Namibia”– meaning we embody thecollective celebration of life, evoking the sights, sounds and fragrances of Namibia,capturing the passion, natural warmth, attitudes and way of interacting of all Namibians. Allthese aspects are carried with us, as we fly high the Namibian flag to all our destinations.88 | Best of Namibia
    • Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako InternationalAirport and all other domestic airports withinNamibia.Welcome on boardThe Present: The fundamental goal ofAir Namibia is to be a carrier of a flexible,modern fleet, based at an integrated hubwith excellent operational performance,and a superior product quality available at acompetitive price. With these prospects, AirNamibia launched a geographically focusednetwork that efficiently serves traffic flowsto/from and within southern Africa.With the new schedule and route networkstructure, the Airline is not only servingits point-to-point traffic, but also offerspassengers easy, convenient and fastconnections via Windhoek’s less congestedhub Hosea Kutako International Airport.DOMESTIC: As a niche carrier Air Namibiais serving domestic points within Namibiaoffering flights between Windhoek toOndangwa, Luderitz, Oranjemund, WalvisBay Rundu, and Katima Mulilo.REGIONAL: The airline serves theimmediate regional markets of South Africa,Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia and Botswana.Air Namibia offers daily flights betweenCape Town and Johannesburg to Windhoekwith excellent connectivity via its hubWindhoek to Southern and West Africa todestinations including Accra, Maun, Lusaka,Luanda, and Victoria FallsINTERNATIONAL: The airline also servesthe whole of Europe through Frankfurt asa hub, onward connections provided bypartner airlines through SPA’s (SpecialProrate Agreements).Cabin AttendantsOur cabin attendants are highly trainedprofessionals who are customer focusedand have the passengers’ safety andcomfort at the top of their list. Their role inpassenger welfare and safety is significantlycrucial and central to the airline business.In additional to the above, theseindividuals are trained to be proactive, readyto respond to a variety of emergencies andare multi-skilled.Air Namibia’s Upgraded FleetAir Namibia operates a fleet carefullyselected to meet expectations of itsstakeholders. These expectations includeperformance dependability and comfort. Allaircraft in the fleet are cabin pressurised;provide immense comfort offered by thegenerous legroom, modern interiors andtrend-setting features. These aircraft aresubjected to high levels of safety ensuredthrough the meticulous maintenanceprograms, and highly trained flight deck andcabin crews. Best of Namibia | 89
    • OUR FLEET CONSIST OF:4x Embraer ERJ 135 Regional Jets• Total seat capacity of 37 seats in an “alleconomy” class configuration• Comfortable, generous legroom with a 30inches seat pitch• A light and spacious cabin feeling havinglarge “eye level” windows• Used primarily on our domestic routes, aswell as on selected regional routes whichinclude Harare, Lusaka, Gaborone, Maun,Vic Falls, Johannesburg and Cape Town2x BOEING B737-500• Total seat capacity of 108 seats: 20Business Class & 88 Economy Class• Used on flights between Windhoek andJohannesburg, Cape Town & Luanda• To be replaced in November andDecember 2012 respectively with new 2Airbus A319-1002x AIRBUS A319-100• Total seat capacity of 112 seats: 16Business Class & 96 Economy Class• Seat Pitch: 54 inches in Business and 32inches in Economy Class• Used on flights between Windhoek andJohannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda andAccra2x AIRBUS A340-300• Two (2) aircraft in the fleet• Total seat capacity of 278 seats: 32Business & 246 Economy Class• Seat Pitch: 62 inches in Business and 31inches in Economy Class• Used on long haul flights betweenWindhoek and Frankfurt• To be replaced in September and October2013 respectively by new Airbus A330-200AIRBUS A330-200Brand New Air Namibia Airbus A330-200: toenter fleet in October 2013,Accolades and AccomplishmentsAs Air Namibia continues to growsuccessfully, it maintains the higheststandard of services and individualcustomer care. Air Namibia was the firstairline to achieve the IATA Barcode ticketingsystem in Africa. The system allows theairline to offer E-ticketing, and online check-in facilities.Not only are we technologically attuned tointernational standards, the airline continuesto offer excellent customer service: thisis through its continuous award-winningrecords such as the “Best Regional AirlineAward 2011” for airlines operating intoJohannesburg’s O R Tambo InternationalAirport. It is not the first time Air Namibiascoops this award; it has proudly done sosix times in the last nine years. Air Namibiacontinues to be the national pride!90 | Best of Namibia
    • OUR SERVICES“Taste of the Namibian hospitality inthe skies.” This is our range of serviceswhich comes in an exclusive rangedesigned to suit each of your choiceclass of travel.With its exclusive frequent flyer program,Air Namibia is able to offer its clients andprospective ones with an exclusive range ofbenefits.REWARD$REWARD$ is Air Namibia’s automatedFrequent Flyer Programme (often called aloyalty programme) which allows registeredmembers to earn miles on all Air Namibiaoperated flights. These valuable milescan be redeemed and exchanged for: freetickets, upgrade from economy to premiumor business class cabins. Pay for excessbaggage.Miles are accumulated with every flightundertaken on Air Namibia routes. Themore you fly with Air Namibia the quickeryou could get to the next tier level, which ofcourse allows you many more benefits.Air Namibia caters for individuals as wellas corporate companies. Any individualolder than 12 years is allowed to enrol withReward$.CARGO SERVICESAir Namibia provides a wide range of cargoservices to all our network destinations andbeyond through the wide range of cargoagents.SPECIAL ASSISTANCEThe following are Air Namibia’s range ofspecial services:• Medical cases; such as stretcher, need ofoxygen patients, wheelchair etc.• Senior citizens• Reduced mobility• Visually challenged passengers with or noguide dog• First time travel• Unaccompanied minor etc.These services are made available topassengers upon request at the time ofreservation.CHARTER SERVICESAir Namibia charter service is availed for all:• Corporate and incentive travel• Sports teams & fans• Personnel logistics/ship crew changes• Stars of film, music and fashion• Company CEOsFor quotations, please send an email tocharters@airnamibia.aero, and provide fulldetails of your requirement.Air Namibia’s goals are to continue operatingsuccessfully and achieving consistentcommercial success by making a positivecontribution to the economic developmentof Namibia.Air Namibia continues linking Namibia tothe region, Africa, Europe and beyond.For further information please visit ourwebsite: www.airnamibia.com.naor call.centre@airnamibia.aerocall at +264 299 6111Mr. Paul Homateni NakawaHead: Corporate CommunicationsTel +264 61 299 6216/6215/6298Fax + 264 61 299 6217Email: PRO@airnamibia.aeroWindhoek/NamibiaCONTACTS DETAILSAir Namibia Head OfficePhysical Address27 - 29 Dr. W Külz StreetAir Namibia BuildingWindhoek - NAMIBIAWebsite: www.airnamibia.comSWITCHBOARD: +264 61 299 6000Call Centre Physical AddressSanlam BuildingCorner of Fidel Castro & Werner StreetTelephone: +264 61 299 611/6333Fax: +264 61 299 6146/6168Email: Call.Centre@airnamibia.aeroCargo Sales & Marketing:Tel: +264 61 299 6192Fax: +264 61 299 6178Email: cargo.bookings@airnamibia.aeroAIRLINE CARGO RESOURCES (ACR)Tel: +27 11 979-4944/5/6Fax: +27 11 979-4949Mobile: +27 82-774-4672E-mail: stonkin@acr.co.zaor bennieg@acr.co.zaN:LOranjemundGaboroneHarareRunduKaLusakaFallsMaunJohannesburgCape TownWOndangwaLuandaaWindhoekto Frankfurt Best of Namibia | 91
    • Re-imagining the road trip withFront Runner Vehicle OutfittersWhether its a day trip to the beach or amonthlong drive through Southern Africa, it’snot unheard of to travel with such amenitiesas an instant and comfortable sleepingspace, running water, powered refrigeration,rooftop storage, spare fuel, a table, chairs,options for cooking – all elegantly andeffortlessly accessible off of one vehicle.With a Front Runner outfitted vehicle, theroad trip as we know it is elevated to a newlevel of comfort and convenience.Front Runner offers extremely strong andlightweight organising and living systemsfor any automobile based adventure. Theirproducts are built to be used both on-roadand off-road while providing the ultimate intravel and camping comfort.Exploring the world by vehicle is bothenvironmentally friendly and affordable.Travelling with a lighter footprint whilecamping supports parks, nature reservesand protected wildlife areas and at the sametime gives you inexpensive access to beachside accommodations one night, then lakeside, mountain side, river side, canyon sideor wherever-you-want accommodationseach night thereafter.And just because you have the ability to liveoff of your vehicle and camp comfortablyand effortlessly, doesn’t mean you have to.“Glamping,” “Overlanding,” “Vehicle-based adventure,” “Expedition travel”are all terms that describe taking the ultimate road trip.92 | Best of Namibia
    • Stay in a lodge one night, then camp thenext. If you stumble upon an affordable andcharming resort on the beach, why not staythere? And what if at the end of that dirt trailto that rural mountain village there are nohotel rooms? Just pop open the tent andcamp. A Front Runner outfitted vehicle givesyou the FREEDOM to travel HOW you want,WHEN you want, WHERE you want.Established as a premiere expedition vehicleoutfitter in Africa and Australia, Front Runneris a South African-based company foundedby a team of engineers, designers, outdoorenthusiasts and professional off-roaddrivers. Their combined years of experiencein the bush – dreaming up, designing,building, and testing innovative products –is the reason Front Runner has quicklygrown to become one of the top vehiclebased camping accessory companies in thetoughest regions in the world.Renowned for their superior quality,intelligent design, and durability, FrontRunner products are built for the tough andgruelling African bush. Their all-aluminumSlimline roof racks, water solutions, tents,awnings, storage systems and campingaccessories are used by everyone fromcasual campers, travel and outdoorenthusiasts, to the U.N., safari operators,and expedition drivers. Front Runner roofracks and water tanks were even featuredin the Ewan McGregor/Charlie Boormandocumentary, “The Long Way Down,” abouttheir overland journey from Scotland toSouth Africa.The folks at Front Runner Outfitters believewe are very lucky to have so much stunningopen space on this planet and theyencourage everyone to “use it!”More information can be found atwww.FrontRunner.co.za orwww.FrontRunnerOutfitters.comL.A Sport Windhoek +264 613 03709Stephan’s 4x4 and More +264 613 06154 Best of Namibia | 93
    • The Kalahari Sands Hoteland CasinoIdeally located in Namibia’s capital city andbusiness centre, the Kalahari Sands Hoteland Casino offers a full spectrum of world-class hotel facilities and services under oneroof. With a total of 173 rooms, the hotelis the perfect stop for business and leisuretravellers passing through Windhoek.The Kalahari Sands Hotel caters for all travelneeds including a world-class businesscentre offering you complete privacy withall the facilities of a modern office, ensuringguests remain connected during their stay.Our exceptional conference, meeting andbanqueting facilities can accommodate avariety of functions from small executivemeetings to extravagant weddingreceptions.If the finest dishes, fruits and wines areto your flavour, then look no further thanthe Dunes Restaurant and Terrace, acosmopolitan melting pot offering a uniquedining experience in one tasteful restaurant.Enjoy a cooling sundowner on the terraceoverlooking the bustling city centre or relaxover a fine whiskey at The Oasis Bar, with itsweekly live entertainment.At the unpredictable Wonderland that isSands Casino, feel more alive than you everhave. It gives you an electrifying experience,and the sheer breakneck pace of our gamingpromotions makes it the sanctuary of choicefor adrenalin connoisseurs. With our MostValued Guest (MVG) loyalty programme,benefits come fast and furious andextravagant prizes abound!Take some time to refresh at our picturesquerooftop swimming pool or pamper yourselfat our Wellness Spa offering a wide range of94 | Best of Namibia
    • treatments and massages that touch yoursoul.You can expect nothing less than the highestlevel of service, and enjoy a host of superioractivities at the Kalahari Sands Hotel andCasino. In all that we do, we aim to exceedyour expectations.Contact UsTelephone: +264 61 280 0000Email: kalahari.reservations@za.suninternational.comwww.suninternational.com Best of Namibia | 95
    • Training and EducationCHAPTER 396 | Best of Namibia
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    • University of Namibia (UNAM) EducatingCitizens of the WorldFounded in 1992, the University of Namibiais the leading institution of higher learningin Namibia in terms of size and range ofacademic disciplines.The core of UNAM is its academic enterprise.The academic atmosphere at UNAM is oneof imparting knowledge and skills. The beststudents and faculty are drawn to UNAMby the call of being part of a captivating,intellectual and innovative institution.Students are given the opportunity to learnfrom and collaborate with outstandingacademic staff from around the globe. Ourstudy programmes aim to make studentsthink logically, laterally and independently.The UNAM faculties balance excellence intheir fields with a dedication to their students,through both classroom instruction andindependent study advising. Thus UNAMmakes possibilities for students nearlylimitless, with numerous programmes tochoose from and new courses continuouslyadded annually to adapt to the currentneeds of students and the ever-changing jobmarket.Academic ProgrammesAcademic programmes at UNAM emanatefrom its eight faculties: Agriculture andNatural Resources; Economics andManagement Sciences; Education;Engineering and Information Technology;Health Sciences; Humanities and SocialSciences; Law; and Science. Studentenrolment currently stands at over17, 000 with more than 23,000 alumni. Allacademic programmes are offered in Englishacross ten different campuses nationwide.Courses are offered at Certificate, Diploma,Undergraduate Degree, Master’s and PhDlevels.In order to respond to the nationaldevelopmental needs of Namibia, theUniversity has embarked upon newand exciting academic programmes.These flagship programmes include theestablishment of the Faculties of Engineeringand Information Technology as well as HealthSciences, which comprises the Schools ofMedicine, Pharmacy and Nursing & PublicHealth.The university offers postgraduate studiesthrough which individuals not only broadentheir horizons but are also able to extendtheir academic, research and employmenthorizons allowing them to be valued for theirspecialised skills.Distance education is made possiblethrough programmes offered by the Centrefor External Studies (CES), which providesthe best facilities, approaches and methodsthat support independent learning andassist individuals to achieve their personalgoals. CES provides individuals withlearning materials, academic support andtechnologies that meet their individual needs.Research and DevelopmentUNAM researchers collaborate to conductinternationally acknowledged leading edgeresearch across all disciplines. Studentsbenefit from the extraordinary resources of aworld-class research institution dedicated todelivering academic and research excellencewithin a supportive learning environment.UNAM has a broad academic community ofresearchers, scholars and students who areready to support you as you challenge currentbeliefs, form and test new ideas and embarkon an enriching and fulfilling career.UNAM is also home to the United NationsCentre of Excellence in the name of theSam Nujoma Marine and Coastal ResourcesResearch Centre at the coastal town ofHenties Bay. The University has also madesignificant in-roads in improving nationalfood security in partnership with the Ministryof Agriculture, Water and Forestry throughsuccessful cultivation of rice at Kalimbeza inthe Caprivi Region and through the cultivationof edible and medicinal mushroom productionnationwide.Internationally ConnectedOutreach to the world community has beenUNAM’s strongheld value since its inceptionby Common Wealth standards in 1992. TheUniversity has forged exceptionally closelinks with business and industry. Its extensivenetworks of partners include hundreds ofThe goal of a UNAM education is to nurture the development of individuals to become independentthinkers, adaptable lifelong learners and active contributors to society. This is anchored on thepremise that this young University aspires to be a beacon of excellence and innovation in teaching,research and community engagement.98 | Best of Namibia
    • educational and research institutes across theglobe as it is building a legacy of internationalengagement in study, teaching and research.Currently UNAM enjoys a significant numberof foreign graduates and academics who addto its international flavour and the numberof foreign exchange students continue toincrease year by year.Student LifeUNAM has an active student governmentthough the Students’ Representative Council(SRC) which is the main interface betweenthe students, the faculty and administration.Their goal is to represent the student body inmaking the UNAM experience as rewardingas possible. The SRC serves primarily togive voice and representation to the studentbody, provides channels of communicationto UNAM entities and integrates all phases ofextracurricular life of the students.CampusesThe University of Namibia has ten campusesacross the country: The Main Campus; theSchool of Medicine; Hifikepunye PohambaCampus in Ongwediva; Katima MuliloCampus; Khomasdal Campus; NeudammCampus; Ogongo Campus; EngineeringCampus; Oshakati Campus and the RunduCampus. In addition to the campuses above,UNAM offers Distance Education throughregional centres in various parts of thecountry.Visit us:University of Namibia340 Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue,Pionierspark, Windhoek, NamibiaContact us:University of NamibiaPrivate Bag 13301, WindhoekTelephone: +264 61 206 3111Fax: +264 61 206 3446www.unam.na Best of Namibia | 99
    • Namibia Qualifications AuthorityGlobalisation has resulted in trans-bordermovement of citizens who are takingadvantage of opportunities to advance theirskills and knowledge. As a result, there isrecognition that common standards need tobe applied in the assessment of the qualityand validity of qualifications as well as thequality of training programmes and coursesoffered by educational institutions.Quality QualificationsThe Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)is Namibia’s answer to ensuring that thecountry is not left out of the global andknowledge-based economies. Establishedin 1996, the Namibia QualificationsAuthority has made commendable stridesin promoting quality education and trainingin Namibia through the development andmanagement of a comprehensive andflexible National Qualifications Framework(NQF).The ultimate objective is to ensure thatthe country remains an effective contributorto the global market and not a passiverecipient and participant.Equally critical is the need to ensurethat all Namibians who strive to improvetheir skills and knowledge have a right tohaving their learning and abilities validly,fairly, reliably and equitably recognisedregardless of when, how and where learningattainments and competences wereattained. The NQA has thus put in place aframework that enables all Namibians todevelop to their fullest potential withoutbeing hindered by unnecessary obstaclesand barriers.Moreover, underpinned by Vision 2030strategy, Namibia strives towards creatinga skilled and knowledgeable citizenryequipped to participate in and contributetowards the growth of Namibia as anemerging nation. The Vision 2030 strategyis geared towards creating an educationsystem that is accessible, learner centredand premised on quality where qualificationsand education pathways are relevant andappropriate to Namibia.National Qualifications FrameworkThe National Qualifications Framework(NQF) serves as a register of all relevantqualifications in Namibia and spans allcertification ranging from those awardsoffered whilst at school to those offeredat tertiary level, reflecting certificates todoctoral degrees.The NQF represents a set of agreements,rules and requirements aimed at:• Promoting the consistent use ofqualification titles• Providing people with a clearerunderstanding of what a person holding aparticular qualification has achieved• Assisting people determine the similaritiesPromoting and enhancing lifelong learning.100 | Best of Namibia
    • and differences between qualifications inNamibia• Improving the harmonisation of thedifferent education and training sectors,and their alignment with the worlds ofwork• Giving people greater assurance ofthe quality of education, training andassessment in NamibiaBringing About TransformationThe ultimate objective of the NamibiaQualifications Authority is thus to bringabout transformation through wide rangingand intensive consultative process, and tobe a key partner in the radical developmentin the Namibian education and trainingsystem.The NQA will continue to be anindependent and impartial expertorganisation that administers a robustNational Qualifications Framework (NQF) inorder to provide accreditation and relatedquality assurance systems that deliveron the Authority’s statutory mandate andaccountability.Embedded in the Authority’s vision of thefuture is the desire to enhance the reputationof Namibia’s education and training systemsin the regional, continental and internationalcommunities.44 Bismarck Street, WindhoekPhone: 264 61 384100Namibia Qualifications AuthorityPrivate Bag 13247Windhoek, NamibiaE-mail: Accreditation enquiries:Jacqueline.Kubas@namqa.orgE-mail: Accreditation applications:Linda.Nambandi@namqa.orgFax: +264 61 384114Website: www.namqa.orgQualifications of the NQFNQFLEVELS10 Doctorial Degree9 Masters Degree8CERTIFICATESDIPLOMASBachelor Honours ProfessionalBachelor7 Bachelor Degree654321 Best of Namibia | 101
    • Polytechnic of NamibiaIt is a well-known fact that Namibia,upon independence, had very few highereducation programmes in the fields ofmathematics, science and technology. It hasbecome a truism for many stakeholders tomaintain that this still remains the case morethan 20 years since. It is then perhaps theappropriate time for the higher educationsector to examine this truism, and thePolytechnic’s contribution to these scarcefields is a good place to start.The Polytechnic of Namibia is one of thehigher education institutions that haveworked hard to develop programmes,leading to NQO registered qualifications(certificates, diplomas and degrees), in thesescarce fields.If one considers the Polytechnic’s academicprogrammes, enrolment and graduationfigures for the decade 2001 – 2011 it revealsthe following:• In 2001, the Polytechnic had fiveprogrammes based on mathematics,science and technology, and a total of1 004 students, 360 female and 644 male,were enrolled in these five programmes forthat year.• In 2011, the Polytechnic had morethan doubled the number of academicprogrammes based on mathematics,science and technology to 14, includingsix programmes leading to degreessuitable for professional registration.These are accounting, engineering, bothtechnology and professional, biomedicalsciences, environmental health sciences,surveying and architecture.• In the 2011 academic year a total of 5 216students, 2 793 female and 2 423 male,were enrolled in these 14 programmes.• The total enrolment at the Polytechnic forthe period 2001 to 2011 in mathematicsand science-and-technology-basedprogrammes was 31 338.• On the output side (in terms of graduationof diplomas and degrees only), thePolytechnic has provided 6 959 graduatesin scarce fields over the period 2001 to2011. Of these, 3 211 were female and3 748 male.Be a Part of the Polytechnic’s Contribution to Scarce SkillsDevelopment in Namibia and SADC.102 | Best of Namibia
    • In 2012 the Polytechnic made historyas the Institution graduated the firstcohort of locally trained biomedical andenvironmental health professionals. This is afirst for Namibia as these qualifications werepreviously only offered by higher educationinstitutions outside the country.Not only is the Polytechnic continuouslyintroducing new programmes to addressthe country’s critical skills shortage on anongoing basis, but these new programmesare driven by excellence from the outset.This much was evident when Namibiarecently won the Silver Pigeon Award for thebest national contribution at the InternationalArchitecture and Design Showcase at the2012 London Festival of Architecture. ThePolytechnic’s Architecture Department wastasked with the overall development andproduction of the Namibian exhibition, whichwalked away with top honours placingboth Namibia and the Institution on theinternational architecture map.In 2013 the Polytechnic will again introduceadditional new programmes in more ofthese scarce fields while enrolments in theBusiness and Humanities faculties will becapped as they have been for a number ofyears.These efforts are driving Namibia forwardto the goal of providing the scarce skills sodesperately needed by the economy. Theseskills will enable the Namibian economyto engage in value-addition activities inthe effort to realise Vision 2030. Namibianeeds all its high school graduates,especially those with strong performance inmathematics, science and English to remainin the country and to enrol with highereducation institutions to make these newprogrammes more viable.Become part of this special effort to driveNamibia towards Vision 2030, and enter intoan exciting world of opportunity which is thePolytechnic of Namibia.Polytechnic of Namibia13 Storch Street, Private Bag 13388,Windhoek, NamibiaTel: +264 61 2079111Fax: +264 61 2072444communications@polytechnic.edu.nawww.polytechnic.edu.na Best of Namibia | 103
    • Namibian College of Open LearningMission“We are committed to providing wideraccess to quality educational services forour learners and other customers using avariety of open learning methods”.Vision“We strive to be a world class institution ofexcellence, accessible to all, with committedprofessional staff, educating people throughan innovative range of ODL programmes,providing quality services in a sustainablemanner”.BackgroundThe Namibian College of Open Learning(NAMCOL) is a state-supported educationalinstitution, established by an Act ofParliament (Act No 01 of 1997) whichprovides study opportunities for adultsand out-of-school youth. NAMCOL`s coreactivity has traditionally been its programmeof Secondary Education (SE), which enablesthose who cannot or do not wish to attendformal schools to study for either the JuniorSecondary Certificate (JSC or Grade 10) orthe Namibia Senior Secondary Curriculum(NSSC or Grade 12).NAMCOL operates under the auspices ofthe Ministry of Education, and is governedby a Board of Governors. Members from theGoverning Board are drawn from differentsectors and are appointed by the Ministerof Education. The College is headed by theDirector, who is assisted by three DeputyDirectors and four Regional Managers. TheCollege has a staff compliment of morethan ninety (90) full-time staff and over athousand fivehundred(1500) part-time staffmembers.Over the years, NAMCOL has made asignificant contribution to the developmentof the country’s human resources.NAMCOL remains the largest educationalinstitution in Namibia with thirty four (34000) learners enrolled during the (2012)academic year. One of NAMCOL’s greateststrengths is the decentralized nature of itsactivities. NAMCOL has a presence in mostcommunities because of the more than 100tutorial centres spread across the countryand it adopted a four-region structure tooversee the implementation of programmesat regional level. The head office is situatedin Windhoek and the College’s operationsbranch out to the four regional offices,namely; Windhoek, Ongwediva, Rundu andOtjiwarongo with three sub-regional officesin Keetmanshoop, Gobabis and KatimaMulilo.The NAMCOL Act of 1997 directs theCollege to diversify its programme offeringin order to address the diverse trainingneeds by upgrading the professional andvocational skills as well as the level ofgeneral education of adults and out-of-school youth. As part of its programmediversification, the College has introducedthe following professional programmes ofwhich the outcomeis a certificate or diplomawhich will enable learners to advance theirstudies at institutions of higher learning:• Certificate in Education forDevelopment;Certificate in BusinessManagement;• Certificate in Local Government Studies;• Certificate in Community Based Work withChildren and Youth;• Certificate in Early ChildhoodDevelopment;• Diploma in Education for Development;• Diploma in Early Childhood and Pre-104 | Best of Namibia
    • Primary Education.• Commonwealth Diploma in YouthDevelopment Work.In addition, the College will offer thefollowing Technical and Vocational Coursesat its main campus in Katutura:• Automotive Mechanics• Plumbing and Pipefitting• Welding and Metal Fabrication• Office Administration.Other services offered are:NAMCOL BookshopsThe NAMCOL Bookshop markets and sellsNAMCOL study materials to formal schools,NAMCOL learners and members of thegeneral public. Our range of study materialsinclude the following: JSC (Grade 10)Study Guides, NSSC (Grade 12) Modules,Exam Booklets (compilations of past exampapers with model answers) and TeachersResource Packs (Math and Science lessonson DVD/Video, posters and worksheets).These instructional materials developed byNAMCOL for its distance education learnersare found to be of a high quality and havebeen approved by the Ministry of Educationfor use in conventional schools.Computer-Based Learning CentresThe NAMCOL Computer-Based LearningCentres are modern, congenial studyenvironments, equipped with state-of-the-art computers. The ten accreditedICDL Training and Testing Centres acrossthe country offers the ICDL (InternationalComputer Driver’s License). The tenaccredited ICDL Training and Testing centresin Windhoek, Ongwediva, Rundu, KatimaMulilo, Keetmanshoop, Gobabis, Eenhana,Outapi, Ondangwa and Otjiwarongo are fewaccredited centres in Namibia which offersthe ICDL (International Computer DrivingLicense).Training and testing takes place ona regular basis.Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICTs)NAMCOL recognizes ICTs as an importanttool to enhance access, strengthenoperational systems, and improve deliverysystems. In terms of course delivery, theCollege affirms the use of print as theprimary medium. Hence, multi-mediainitiatives such as interactive computer-based, video content and audio arecomplementary to the print-based materialsare offered to learners. Audio and videocontents are also developed to add valueto the print-based materials provided tolearners.Visit the NAMCOL website for moreinformation on programmes and services:www.namcol.edu.naContact: Mrs. Rholene BokManager: Marketing and SalesPrivate Bag 15008Tel nr: (061) 320 5241, Fax (061) 216987E-mail: bok@namcol.com.na Best of Namibia | 105
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    • The above sums up the spirit and energythat has defined adforceDDB as theforemost advertising agency in Namibia.Founded in 2000, adforceDDB is the full-service advertising agency that formulatedsome of the most definitive creativemarketing solutions for brands in Namibia.This is what we are great at.We’ve built relationships with brand owners,with brands, and with people; all in the nameof concretising foundations for our clients’business success. We ensure that therelationships we nurture are sound, healthyand rewarding. This is how we do business;this is how we’ve created our niche market,and this is how we’ve established ourreputation.2008/9 and 2011/12 ushered a PMR Awardinto our display cabinet in recognition ofbeing the Most Respected AdvertisingAgency in Namibia. This award would nothave been possible had it not been for therich collection of relationships we share withour clients and brands.Our vision: “To stay relevant, move beyondboundaries, be fearless in exploration;” hasguided our journey from a three-room house(with one client) – the swankiest office onJan Jonker Road. A wide and interestingarray of clients joined us at to this fabulousaddress; some of them the most admired inthe country.Our creativity, strategic thinking, andresultoriented approach earned the agencyan affiliation with the world renowned DDBWorldwide network. This is part of theOmnicom Group Inc. Omnicom’s brandednetworks and numerous specialty firmsprovide advertising, strategic media planningand buying, digital and interactive marketing,direct and promotional marketing, publicrelations, and other specialty communicationservices to more than 5,000 clients in morethan 100 countries.We operate on a simple ideology:“Create mouldbreaking communicationsthat are grounded in sound strategy,informed by in-depth knowledge, andguided by profound insights that delivermeasurable effectiveness.” Our ideas arethus always:• Profoundly Simple• Uncompromisingly Single-Minded• Positively Memorable• Absolutely Relevant• Always Unexpected• 360 °We don’t have clients,we have colleagues and friendsWe don’t have objectives,we have shared goalsWe don’t sell brands,we bond brands with peopleWe don’t take briefs,we arrive at solutionsWe don’t have meetings,we journey to growthWe don’t just welcome guests,we make them feel at home108 | Best of Namibia
    • Our enviable roster of clients andbrands include Old Mutual Namibia,Telecom Namibia, NamPost, NamibiaPoultry Industries and Namibia TrainingAuthority.Our groundbreaking work in developmenthas yielded some of the most memorablework on the eradication of Malaria, HIV/AIDSbehaviourchange communication, and withregard to raising awareness on the issues ofGender-Based Violence.Our work and philosophy: “To be the mostrelevant marketing communication firm inNamibia” - informs our initiatives. Ourinternship programme is one of the mostcompetitive in the marketing sector. Itconstantly attracts the brightest andsharpest minds from Namibia’s tertiaryinstitutions. Our sense of Corporate andSocial Responsibility is exhibited in our workwith the Christina Swart-Opperman AidsOrphans Trust.To further the Trust’s causes, as wellas the needs of the orphans, we giveour time, talents, and resources. In essence,we have become part of the uniquelandscape of Namibia. Resilient. Passionate.Diverse. In everything we do, we insist onshowcasing the best that Namibia has tooffer the world.In all humility, we feel we have raised thebar. We‘ve lifted the standard from thatlevel previously offered by the country’sadvertising industry. This we have done -not only for our reputation, or boastingrights - but also to enhance and uplift ourallied sectors, our people, and the nation asa whole.Visit our website at www.adforceDDB.comor come share what is reputed to be “Thebest coffee in Namibia” at our offices on 142Jonker Road, Windhoek, Namibia.142 Jan Jonker Road, Windhoek,Namibia, P.O Box 2269,WindhoekT +264 61 237 300F +264 61 245 027info@adforceddb.comwww.adforceddb.com Best of Namibia | 109
    • About usDesign Advertising is a full-service boutiqueadvertising firm providing clients with acomprehensive one-stop solution for theirmarketing and communication needs.Our 360 degree approach includeseverything from traditional above the lineand through the line creative services to webdevelopment, marketing, events planning,publication relations management, strategicbrand and campaign planning, radioproduction and media booking.We aim to create dynamic, relevantcommunication campaigns that resonatewith consumers and ultimately inspirepositive actions and responses. Our philosophyWe believe that every brand has a story, andit’s our job to portray that story in the mostcompelling way possible.Our services• Advertising and Branding• Print, Radio and TV commercials• Corporate Identity Development• Photography• Animated Graphics• Infographics• Traditional and Social Media Strategy/Buying• Research and Monitoring110 | Best of Namibia
    • ClientsOur client roster includes corporate,governmental and private companies andorganisations.• Unicef• Ministry of Health and Social Services• Ministry of Environment and Tourism• Gadgets Namibia• AIJ Project Cost Consultants• Eputuko Construction• Namibia Careers Expo• Skorpion ZincThe TeamWith a combined experience of over 20years in the advertising industry, our teamis made up of seasoned advertising anddesign professionals with award-winningcredentials and skills.211 Pullman Street, Windhoek West,WindhoekTel: + 264 61 401 645Fax: + 264 61 401 643Email: da@iway.nawww.designadvertising.wordpress.com Best of Namibia | 111
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    • local talent and local contentOptimedia is an Independent Television andFilm Production Company founded in 1997 byregional content with international appeal.We specialise in documentaries, dramas andseries for local and international television aswell as local commercials for various Namibianbrands.We are Namibia’s premier production companywith over 20 years of experience, producingoutstanding programming and content forcorporates, government and individuals.We offer Pre-production, Production and Post-production as well as facilitation services.Dream,Explore,and be Inspired,Get in TouchOptimediaP.O. Box 9928NamibiaTel: +264 61 245093Fax: +264 61 245027info@optimediacc.comabius@optimediacc.comlocal talent and local content Best of Namibia | 113
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    • Honing your competitive edgeAfrican Trader is an independent journal focusing on business conditions andopportunities in Africa. Published five times yearly, African Trader is essential reading foranyone involved in trade development in Africa.116 | Best of Namibia
    • African Trader is an authoritative journal,featuring contributions from subjectspecialists, policy-makers, government andbusiness representatives. As a result, it:• Provides a comprehensive overview ofbusiness conditions and developmentsin Africa;• Promotes marketing, trade and businessopportunities in Africa;• Encourages Foreign Direct Investmentinto Africa by providing investors withaccurate, relevant information;• Highlights import and export opportunitiesfor African and international entrepreneurs;• Creates networking opportunities for allSMMEs; and• Profiles companies, products and servicesacross Africa.ContentAppearing in each issue are informedarticles on a wide range of issues,highlighting developments and opportunitiesthroughout the continent. Regular featuresfocus on new projects and products in allsectors, especially agriculture, transport andlogistics, commerce, industry, tourism andtechnology. The in-depth focus on countriesin Inside Africa provides the most up to dateregional information, essential for informeddecision making.Distribution ChannelsIts carefully targeted distributionstrategy makes African Trader a powerfulpromotional medium, offering advertisersthe opportunity to reach decision-makersthroughout Africa and the rest of theworld.• First and business class airlinelounges;• First and business class African andInternational airlines;• Exhibitions and Conferences;• African Government Departments andNGOs;• Professional Bodies and Institutesthroughout Africa;• Foreign Chambers and Embassies;• African universities and libraries;• African Trader’s database - 1000s ofcompanies across all industries in Africa.Target Audience• Business people, investors and topgovernment officials flying first andbusiness class across Africa• African and International leaders anddecision makers operating across allsectors and regions of the continent• Aid and development organisations• Funding institutions and investors• Decision makers in governmentTHOMSON PUBLICATIONSPostal: Postnet Suite 77Private Bag X10015 - Code 2125Contact: Dean ThomsonCell: +27 83 649 6466E-mail: dean@thomsonpub.comsubs@africantrader.cowww.africantrader.co Best of Namibia | 117
    • How we made it in Africamakes waves internationallyHow we made it in Africawww.howwemadeitinafrica.com,published by Maritz Publishing, was oneof the three shortlisted publications in theMedia of the Year category of the DiageoAfrica Business Reporting Awards. The twoother nominees were Reuters and The AfricaReport, both established organisations thathave been in business for decades.Best of Namibia chats with Jaco Maritz,publisher of How we made it in Africa, tofind out more about this ground-breakingpublication.Tell us more about How we made it inAfricaHow we made it in Africa was launched inApril 2010. The website is aimed at Africanbusiness people and foreign investors withan interest in the continent. Through ournetwork of journalists across the continent,the publication gives business people abetter understanding about Africa’s businessenvironment. We also seek to inspirethrough insightful interviews with Africanentrepreneurs and business people. Despitethe upbeat title of the publication, we don’tnecessarily ‘promote’ Africa as a businessdestination, but rather aim to give ourreaders a balanced perspective of Africa’sopportunities and challenges.Why did you decide to launch How wemade it in Africa in the first place?Africa has gone through significantchanges over the past decade. Throughbetter political leadership and regulatoryreforms, the continent is slowly but surelytransforming from a place of famine andwar into an attractive business destination.Countries such as Nigeria, Ghana andEthiopia are now among the fastest growingeconomies in the world.Despite this, Africa remains a challengingplace to do business. How we made it inAfrica goes beyond the news headlinesto give business people the requiredinformation to make a success of theirventures on the continent.How does the publication make money?All revenue is generated through onlineadvertising – both banner adverts andadvertorials. There is an increasingnumber of South African and internationalcompanies looking to expand intothe continent. With a loyal readershipcomprising African business people andforeign investors, How we made it in Africais the perfect platform for these firmsto promote their brands, products andservices. Numerous blue-chip advertiserssuch as Standard Bank, Siemens andImperial Logistics have used How we madeit in Africa to promote their brands. We alsocater for smaller firms looking to grow theirAfrican footprint.Across the world newspapers andprint magazines have to deal withfalling readership and lower advertisingrevenues; but how open are companies tothe idea of digital advertising?We’ve managed to stay in business for overtwo years now, so brands are definitelyA young South African media company received international recognitionin 2011 for leading the way in business reporting on Africa.118 | Best of Namibia
    • prepared to spend money on onlinecampaigns. Look, digital advertising is notmuch different from print, the only differenceis the advertisement is seen on a screeninstead of a printed page. What makesonline advertising more exciting and cost-effective is the fact that everything can betracked and measured. Clients pay a setamount for the number of people that viewtheir adverts – nothing more, nothing less.We can also target their advertisements tospecific countries, or even cities, and tellthem how many people clicked on theirbanner.That said, I still don’t think companiesare taking full advantage of the digitalmedium. Brands give millions of rands toadvertising agencies to produce the perfecttelevision advert, but it doesn’t seem like thesame degree of attention is given to digitalcampaigns. A company cannot send us abanner advertisement comprising only itslogo and expect massive results. Just astelevision adverts need to stand out fromthe competition, digital campaigns alsoneed to be creative and attract the reader’sattention. We try to help clients as much aswe can, but at the end of the day we are apublisher, not an advertising agency.And then lastly, How we made it inAfrica was shortlisted as one of thethree finalists in the Media of the Yearcategory at the 2011 Diageo AfricaBusiness Reporting Awards. This is aremarkable achievement for such ayoung publication. Tell us more about theawards.Thanks. Yes, it was a great experience. Wefeel privileged to have been recognised inthis way. We are a young publication and thenomination only motivated us to work harderand bring better stories to our readers.Still, it is good to know that all those nightswith only two hours of sleep and unhealthyamounts of coffee did not go unnoticed.Unfortunately Reuters snatched the tophonours at the ceremony that took placeat London’s Landmark Hotel. However,considering that How we made it in Africahad been in existence for barely 12 monthsat the time of the awards, we don’t feel toobad about losing out to a 150-year-old newsorganisation such as Reuters.Direct Line: +27 21 801 1975info@howwemadeitinafrica.comwww.howwemadeitinafrica.com Best of Namibia | 119
    • Banking and InsuranceCHAPTER 5120 | Best of Namibia
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    • Standard Bank Namibia PortfolioStrategic ObjectivesIn all dealings with customers, StandardBank Namibia’s strategy remains centeredaround customer centricity and in providingtailor-made financial services and productsfor individuals, corporate and business. Inprinciple, the ‘Customer remains King.’The Core Banking system (Finacle)introduced in February 2012 thereforeprovides the functionalities that will helpthe Bank to perfect this strategy. As a resultStandard Bank Namibia is venturing towardsa promising future of endless bankingpossibilities.The wide range of products offered bythe new technology will enable StandardBank Namibia to introduce new and excitingproducts and services to the Namibianmarket. As a business imperative theBank is positioning the localisation of corebanking not just as a compliance issue butas platform of growth.Standard Bank Namibia is therefore hereto deliver reliable and appropriate financialservices to Namibians, while returning aprofit to the shareholders who invest almostone billion Namibian Dollars in the Bank.Over the years, Standard Bank Namibiahas proudly continued to extend itsrepresentation throughout the country andstrives to make inroads in providing effectivefinancial banking solutions to all Namibians.As a financial provider, we intend tocontinue to entrench an effective service-122 | Best of Namibia
    • based sales culture by growing both ourassets and liabilities. This in effect will helpthe Bank to broaden its revenue streamsand also be able to link and achievealignment of business strategy to our riskappetite.LeadershipThe provision of required leadership by theBoard and management is a pre-requisite forthe success of any business.It is in view of this scenario that duringthe localisation of the Bank’s systems andprocesses the Board made a consciousdecision of also pursuing the localisation ofsenior personnel in the Bank. The sale of10% shares of the Bank’s holding companyto staff was announced in December 2010and ultimately achieving the ownership part.As a Bank we will continue to striveto achieve our ultimate goal of having aNamibian Bank that is run by Namibiansfor the benefit of Namibian consumers andalso contributes to the growing Namibianeconomy.The relatively young management teamat Standard Bank Namibia is coming ofage and we will continue with our efforts ofgiving young Namibians opportunities togrow and take on added responsibilities.At the same time we will also continuewith our training programmes that includeexposing our managers to external coursesand the Standard Bank Global LeadershipProgramme.Having restructured our business unitsin such a manner to facilitate sustainablesuccession planning, the Bank strives by allmeans in producing leaders internally.Standard Bank Namibia Highlights:Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB)CIB in Namibia is set to benefit fromthe growth anticipated in the followingsectors of the country’s economy namely:mining and metals, oil and gas, power andinfrastructure and telecommunications.The Bank also anticipates trade flows withAngola and China to increase exponentiallygoing forward and we are building a world-class trade finance offering that will enhanceour ability to benefit these activities.Building the CIB teams remains a priorityfor the Bank as it continues for better waysof servicing the CIB customers. Essentially,we want our employees to be empoweredto provide our CIB customers with similarservice to that provided in New York,London or Hong Kong.Personal and Business Banking (PBB)PBB is back to its winning ways after takingsome knocks in 2009 and the first quarterof 2012 due to the hardship experiencedby consumers. However despite the globalrecession, commodity price slumps andtightened credit extension during that time, Best of Namibia | 123
    • PBB still remains a jewel of our operationsand largest contributor to Standard BankNamibia’s bottom line. Branch networkshave been established and other deliverychannels enable the Bank to reach to allcorners of the country.Where it makes business sense wecollaborate and form partnerships with otherkey industry players to achieve economicsof scales and better service delivery onareas where we do not have to compete.Furthermore the localisation of the Bank’score banking system with significant localprocessing capabilities will help PBB tocome up with new and innovative productsthat are tailor-made for the Namibian people,especially the lower end of the market andthe unbanked communities.Credit ManagementThe credit extension was relaxed during thelatter half of 2010 as a result of the economicstability experienced in Namibia. Thisallowed the Bank to extend credit and growthe book in the last two quarters of the year.The risk appetite of the Bank is reviewedregularly to ensure that credit extensionremains in line with the Bank’s overallbusiness and risk strategies.Risk ManagementStandard Bank Namibia’s approach to risk124 | Best of Namibia
    • management is based on well-establishedgovernance processes and relies on bothindividual responsibility and collectiveoversight supported by comprehensivereporting.We seek to achieve an appropriatebalance between risk and reward in ourbusiness and continue to build and enhancethe risk management capabilities that assistin the delivering of our growth plans in acontrolled environment.The Bank remains well capitalised, liquidand financially stable.MarketingThe Marketing Department has embarkedon several campaigns to ensure that thefinancial needs of our customers are met. Atthe same time customers were educated onvarious products the Bank is offering.Marketing also attends to and sponsorsvarious trade fairs that are being held atvarious towns throughout the country. Thisis mainly done in an effort to help SME’s toshowcase their products and in the processcreate a market for their products.Corporate Social Investment (CSI)HighlightsStandard Bank Namibia pledges one percentof net profit generated by its businessoperations to CSI initiatives. The strategicfocus of the Bank’s CSI programme is oneducation, entrepreneurship development,health and wellness.In 2010, Standard Bank Namibiacommitted N$3.5-million to the corporatesocial investment programme. It is in thisway that the Bank contributes towardsenhancing Namibian communities throughthe Standard Bank Foundation (a body thatoversees the Bank’s CSI initiatives).In addition to the monetary contributiontowards CSI, Standard Bank Namibia haveformed solid and valuable relationships withmany people, organisations and institutions.It is through such partnerships that we wereable to positively contribute to sustainabledevelopment of the communities the Bankoperates in.Entrepreneurship development –Financial Literacy for Namibian YouthGearing towards the enhancement offinancial literacy among our youth,Standard Bank Namibia is partneringwith Entrepreneurship Seminars conductingfinancial literacy workshops for previouslydisadvantaged schools countrywide.The seminars expose young peoplewith experiential entrepreneurship andfinancial management skills. The Bank’scommitment for the year 2012 totalsN$180,550.00.Education – Investing in AcademicExcellenceStandard Bank Namibia has investedN$1.3-million over five years starting 2011on “Investing in Academic Excellence,” aprogramme endorsed by the Ministry ofEducation. The initiative aims to enhanceacademic performance at all schoolscountrywide. The project is incentive drivenand rewards the top three best performingGrade 10 and Grade 12 learners in eachregion with a cash prize. The cash prize issolely to be used for the education of thewinning learners,Health & Wellness – Cancer Associationof NamibiaStandard Bank Namibia has beensupporting the Cancer Association ofNamibia generously over the past sevenyears. As skin is the number one cancer inNamibia, the Association was grateful forthe Banks’ contribution of N$120,000.00on 28 November 2011 which was allocatedtowards purchasing sun creams forNamibians.Head: MarketingTel: +264 61 294 2421www.standardbank.com.na Best of Namibia | 125
    • Development Bank of NamibiaIn the past, development agenciesestablished various types of infrastructureand enterprises, with limited consideration forsustainability: few of the initiatives generatedenough revenue to sustain themselves, orpossessed the necessary managerial andoperational skills to become long-termsuccesses.The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) hastaken a different path with the requirementthat enterprises and projects which it financesbe managed on sound business principles,and that skills or skills development be inplace.Development impactThe bank’s key assessments of its impactare creation and retention of jobs. In additionto this, the bank seeks spread of ownershipto formerly disadvantaged Namibians andgeographic spread of economic activity tosmaller centres. The bank also considersenvironmental impact and sustainable use ofresources.FinancingFinancing is provided in a variety of facilities,developed for various enterprise sizes anddevelopment purposes. These include financefor SMEs, finance for larger enterprises, localauthority finance with a view to establishinfrastructure, and finance for managementbuyouts. Bridging finance is offered with theparticular goal of enabling entrepreneurs tofulfill tender and contract obligations.The bank holds several equity investmentswhich are selected to finance its ownoperations. These investments are alsoviewed as ‘warehousing’ for future ownershipby Namibian interests.Enterprise development and supportEnterprise development and support fulfillsthree core requirements of the bank. Firstly,it is a platform from which DBN offerstraining and mentorship to SMEs, throughseveral partner agencies. Secondly, it isa platform for turnabout interventions forlarger projects in difficulty. Thirdly, it seeksto establish new industries which will becatalytic in strengthening existing sectors andestablishing new fields of enterprise.Governance and diligenceThe success of the bank is attributable to avalues-driven system of governance that isapplied to day-to-day operations within thebank, at managerial and departmental levels,and on an individual basis.At its heart, development is about prosperity for individuals and communities.Although there are many theories of development, the certain path is toensure that individuals have jobs, and that communities have sustainableenterprise and suitable infrastructure.Once these facets are in place, wealth begins to grow.126 | Best of Namibia
    • Projects undergo rigorous scrutiny for risk tothe promoter and the bank, with advice onmitigation provided where need be. Projectapplications are scrutinised by New Business,Risk and Board committees, to ensure thatprojects adhere to the bank’s mandate andthat capital is allocated with the best potentialdevelopment impact.Strengths withinThe bank recognises that its most significantassets are the abilities of its staff, and so ittakes steps to acquire individuals of highquality and develop them with formal trainingopportunities. Although the bank has avery low staff turnover ratio, a number ofindividuals have gone on to occupy seniorpositions in the financial industry.The futureEstablished with seed capital provided bythe Government of the Republic of Namibia,the bank has opted for a policy of measuredgrowth, matched to its internal capacity.The Development Bank of Namibia will growand will respond to the challenges of the day.New forms of finance are being devised onan ongoing basis, and the bank is evolving tosatisfy the unique needs of the country, in linewith Vision 2030.ContactMs Joy SasmanManager: Corporate CommunicationsEmail: jsasman@dbn.com.naTel. +264-61-290 8007 Best of Namibia | 127
    • Finance and InvestmentCHAPTER 6128 | Best of Namibia
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    • The Old Mutual Midina FundThe Old Mutual MIDINA Fund (ManagingInfrastructure Development in Namibia) is aunitised pooled portfolio that provides debtfinance primarily to Local Authorities, State-Owned Enterprises, and related third-partyempowerment entities for infrastructuredevelopment projects.The MIDINA Fund aims to promote long-term economic and social development inNamibia whilst offering investors market-related returns.The overall investment objectives of theMIDINA Fund are to:• Support social and economic upliftment inNamibia;• Pool investment funds and investthese funds in a manner that makes atangible and visible contribution to thedevelopment of infrastructural capacity inNamibia;• Generate acceptable returns to investors(i.e. returns that are commensurate withthe underlying risk); and• Be fully invested within its investmentguidelines and constraints.Quality infrastructure is a fundamentalrequirement to ensuring that Namibia meetsits Millennium Development Goals. A largenumber of Namibian people currently lackaccess to basic necessities such as runningwater, sewage reticulation, energy provision,transportation and communication services,which directly impacts their life expectancy,their ability to find employment and overallquality of life.As a result of rapid migration of people fromthe rural areas to the main urban centres inthe country, there is a substantial increase inthe need for serviced land in the main urbancentres of Namibia.Meaningful partnership between localauthorities, with their mandate for servicedland delivery, and private sector (whichincludes the construction and engineeringsector and the financial services industry) isrequired to meet land delivery challenges inNamibia.Apart from the fact that developmentsof this nature directly contribute to theinfrastructural capacity of Namibia, theMidina Fund’s involvement in projectssuch as these also facilitates employmentcreation and substantially improvesthe revenue potential for respectivemunicipalities, through additional rates andtaxes payable by new home owners.The advantage of Midina’s funding approachis that it maximizes the use of private sectorskills and capital to improve the levels ofefficiency, effectiveness and adequacy ofwater supply, sanitation, roads infrastructureand electrification in municipal areas.Midina’s funding model also has thepotential to play a significant role inreducing local government service deliverybacklogs, because it is a means ofenabling municipalities – even those withweaker balance sheets, to ensure qualityservice delivery through off-balance sheetfunding arrangements, in the form of co-development agreements.In line with its investment mandate to bridgethe growing gap between the costs ofservicing land, and the resources available,to date the Old Mutual Midina Fund hasinvested in excess of N$500-million tounlock urban land value.Unlocking Urban Land Value.130 | Best of Namibia
    • MIDINA FundFunding the Future of Namibia.Creating Opportunitiesfor CommunitiesCall Mercia Geises on (061) 299 3264,or Loth Angula on (061) 299 3559Quality infrastructure is a key requirement for ensuring the future of Namibia. A large number of peoplecurrently lack access to running water, sewage, energy, transportation and communication services thatLocal Authorities, State-Owned Enterprises, and related third-party empowerment entities forinfrastructure development projects. MIDINA aims to promote long-term economic and socialdevelopment in Namibia whilst offering investors market-related returns.whilst also directly impacting the lives of Namibian people in a positive way.
    • Old Mutual has operated in Namibia for over ninety ofthese years as the country`s premier financial servicesinstitution providing tailored financial solutions toindividuals and businesses alike. We have establishedourselves as a responsible corporate citizen, and arededicated to investing in the sustainable development ofthe communities in which we operate.Helping our customers succeed financially is at the centreof all our activities. Our offerings are designed to provideour clients access to sound professional advice. Thisleverages the wisdom and collective experience that wehave gained over the years.Through our wide range of products and services wecater to a broad clientele, providing customer-tailoredsolutions. Our offering includes life insurance, investmentsolutions, asset management, infrastructure funding,property development and management, as well asprivate equity, amongst others. The diversity of thisoffering allows us to service the simplest financial needsof individuals as well as provide complex financialsolutions for organisations in both the private and publicsectors.Our sound financial position stems from consistent solidperformance. This has enabled us to have a strongcapital position, a healthy balance sheet and anincreasing balance of funds under management,which reflects stakeholder confidence. We are perfectlygeared to take advantage of a wider set of opportunitieson account of our access to international markets.Combined with our conformity to the local regulatoryframework, we guarantee that the interests of ourshareholders are protected.With over six hundred and twenty employees acrossNamibia, Old Mutual employs, nurtures, and refines thetalent it attracts. We rely on the wisdom, experience, andtalent of our people; we believe that this investment inour people bears direct relation to our strongperformance and presence in Namibia. With this in mind,we make every effort to provide a stimulatingenvironment that is conducive to our employees’ ongoinglearning and development.We realize that the ongoing development ofinfrastructure in our country is the building block that willsecure a competitive and sustainable future for Namibia.We have therefore taken practical steps to invest in thedevelopment of infrastructure. Fully funded by OldMutual, our multi-million dollar retail centre inKeetmanshoop will offer the biggest retail hub within theOffering the wisdom of more than167 years, so you can do great things.Karas Region. This includes the promise of job creation,which clearly speaks to our corporate commitment toenable economic transformation. In addition to this, wehave the Old Mutual MIDINA Fund, a pooled portfoliowhich provides debt finance primarily to LocalAuthorities, State-Owned Enterprises, and relatedthird-party empowerment entities for infrastructuredevelopment projects. The MIDINA Fund fundamentallyaims to promote long-term economic and socialdevelopment in Namibia whilst offering investorsmarket-related returns.Economic transformation is an integral part of ourstrategy. We put great effort into bridging the incomedistribution divide that exists in Namibia and we do so aspart of a collective effort between government and theprivate sector. Our aim has been to increaseopportunities for Namibians to empower themselvesthrough various platforms and strategic partnerships.In this vein, we have successfully continued our BEEpartnerships with community organisations and groupingswith an aim of empowering previously disadvantagedsectors of the Namibian society. Ultimately, this will createnew market opportunities for Old Mutual.Ongoing innovation is critical to the fast-paced anddynamic environment that we operate in and we striveto invest in technological solutions that cater to theever-changing needs of our diverse clientele. Old Mutualendeavours to be more than a financial servicesinstitution that merely provides financial products. Weaim to be an organisation that is responsive andcommitted to the needs of its stakeholders, especiallyour clients.We have continuously illustrated our commitmenttowards the development of the communities in whichwe operate through the Old Mutual Foundation, ourCorporate Social Investment vehicle throughoutNamibia. We are always seeking to be relevant to ourcommunities, and use our collective wisdom andexperience to the benefit of the country and her citizens’future.For further details, contact:The Marketing ExecutiveP O Box 165, Windhoek, NamibiaTel: +264 61 299 3247Fax: +264 61 299 3504nam-markinfo@oldmutual.comwww.oldmutual.com.na
    • do great thingsBehind every companydoing great things,is a great team.Lionel MatthewsCA(NAM) CA(SA),Executive MBA (UCT)CEO: OMIGNAMGim VictorB.Acc, Executive MBA(UCT)CEO: RetailKosmas EgumboB.Sc Engineering(Electrical)CEO: CorporateCustomer Facing Business UnitsJohannes !GawaxabBA, BCom, MA, MBL,AMP (Harvard)MD: Africa OperationsSakaria NghikembuaB.Econ, MSc. (FinancialEconomics)CEO: OperationsLouis Du ToitB.Compt (Hons);CA(Nam), CA (SA)Chief Financial OfficerBrigitte WeichertCA, PG Cert AdvTaxationCorporate GovernancePatricia OlivierBSc; HED; BBA (Hons);Executive MBA (USB);Human ResourcesEnabling FunctionsWith over 620 employees locally, sound local decision-making andstrategy formulation, and over N$23 billion in assets undermanagement, Old Mutual remains geared for ever greater heights. Our bestpractices, technology and solutions allow us to boast a customer firstphilosophy and excellent returns to shareholders, with sound capitalbacking by an internationally listed financial institution operating in 32countries with 57000 employees. These achievements, and more, aredriven by a dynamic best of breed local management team.In ensuring that the right people in the right jobs deliver on ourpromise to help our customers succeed financially, we continue torepresent a strong, sustainable, and diverse company,well-positioned for growth.
    • An insight into GIPFGuaranteeing your pension benefits.134 | Best of Namibia
    • Nestled in the business centre of Windhoek,the capital city of Namibia, the GovernmentInstitutions Pension Fund (GIPF) wasestablished at the end of 1989, marking anew dawn for all Namibians.As a professionally managed pension fund,GIPF continues to strive to be a leadingpension fund and a model corporate citizenin Namibia. GIPF is also one of the few fullyfunded pension funds in Africa that havebuilt up enough funds to cover its liabilities.In addition, GIPF provides an excellentstructure of pension benefits that are marketrelated with affordable contribution rates.The employee and the employer fund thepension benefits. These contributions areused to provide the benefits promised interms of the Rules of the Fund.The core mission of GIPF is to provide thehighest level of financial security, efficientaccrued pension benefits and deliverexceptional service to all our members andtheir dependants.GIPF provides retirement benefits to civilservants, who are employees of governmentand other participating institutions. Todate GIPF provides normal retirement,early retirement, resignation, ill health anddisability, and retrenchment benefits to itsmembers. GIPF also provides a funeralbenefit at no cost to members.GIPF is a defined benefit fund and thebenefits are defined in terms of the Rulesof the Fund. The benefits are guaranteedas promised irrespective of marketperformance.The retirement benefits of GIPF aregenerous. GIPF is one of the few pensionfunds that cover the whole family; thespouse and children and most benefitsare paid for life, regardless of how long anemployee lives after retirement or whetherhe or she becomes disabled or unable towork.GIPF is underwritten by the Employer- thismeans that should GIPF’s liabilities exceedits assets, the Employer will make good ofthe shortfall. Should GIPF fail to fulfill itspromise to members, the Government ofNamibia undertakes to provide all benefitsas promised.The fund is managed and controlled bya Board of Trustees that consist of ninemembers. The Trustees operate within aunitary structure that provides for interactionamong all members in the decision makingprocess on strategy, planning, performance,investments, business ethics andcommunication with stakeholders.Government InstitutionsPension Fund Best of Namibia | 135
    • Trustees are appointed by the Employer(Government), Unions and the Public ServiceCommission. Each appointing authorityappoints three trustees on the Board. One ofthe trustees appointed by the Public ServiceCommission is a pensioner.The main focus of the board is to deal withall aspects of investments and benefits ofthe fund. The legislated duties of the board,advocated by the Pension Funds Act, are toensure that the interests of fund membersare protected at all times. The board isresponsible for the operational activities ofthe fund as well as to ensure that all fundmembers’ contributions are paid on timeand that the best expert advice is availablefor the Fund.GIPF is a self-administered fund. Unlikeother pension funds that outsource thebenefits administration function, theadministration of GIPF is done in-house.The growth of the Fund over the past yearshas shown that both the membership andthe number of annuitants has increasedgradually. (See graph opposite)The introduction of a BiometricsIdentification System to our operationalstructure added to the customer serviceimprovement. This system aims atregistering and issuing smart cards to allthe annuitants (retired members, disabledmembers, spouses and children) receivinga monthly annuity from the Fund. TheGIPF’s Smart Card serves as a meansof identification to minimise fraud and toensure that benefits are received by thosewho are entitled to them.The Biometrics fingerprint Identificationsystem identifies a person by comparinga fingerprint to information stored on adatabase. It is an accurate, efficient andhighly effective system.A field team assists fund members whodue to sickness or disability are unable tovisit GIPF offices in person to verify theirexistence.GIPF also has qualified Social ServicesConsultants to provide support andguidance regarding social circumstancesof beneficiaries. They provide pre and postretirement counselling to pensioners andinvestigate the social circumstances wherechildren or spouses are affected.Social Service Consultants are based inWindhoek but regional offices in Ondangwa,Oshakati, Rundu and Katima Mulilo alsooffer this service.GIPF has a team of trained and highlyexperienced client services consultants.They receive and process client enquiries,provide members, pensioners anddependants with relevant information,coordinate problem resolutions andcommunicating feedback to clients. Theyare also responsible for seeking legalopinion and launching investigations withregard to problems.Together with social services, efficientoperating methods and qualified staff, GIPFensures that fund members are educatedon all fund procedures and benefit claimprocesses.GIPF is committed to ensure that HumanResources Officers from governmentministries and other participating employers136 | Best of Namibia
    • of the Fund understand the Rules ofGIPF. Training is carried out at head officeto more than 300 HR officers annually,keeping them up-to-date with the claimsprocess and offering a platform for them toclarify issues.Understanding the Rules of the fund andclaiming of benefits is one of the key topics.The claims process can only be moreefficient once all stakeholders understandthe important steps. The processing ofclaims has been improved to increaseturnaround times and efficient processing ofclaims.The Client Services division at GIPF receivesall incoming claims submitted by the HumanResource departments of various memberinstitutions and government.Claims are received and registered by theoffice administration department who scanand attach the identification and informationdetails of the beneficiary.GIPF strives towards a paperlessenvironment; therefore all member data isfirst scanned and verified and captured onthe system. The documents are then verifiedto eliminate fraud and errors. Payments arethen authentically processed and calculatedby the Benefits Administrator.The claim is then reviewed by theSenior Benefits Administrator for anymiscalculations and forwarded to the HeadBenefits Administrator for approval ofpayment.At our Head office the claim is checked andapproved by a first and second signatorymanager before final payment is made.After a thorough review that all informationand calculations are correct, paymentsare then made into the beneficiary’s bankaccount. Although GIPF aspires towardsa paperless environment, the Fund hasinvested in an efficient and up-to-datemethod of filing and storing the various filesthat have been processed over the pastyears. This is mainly to ensure safekeepingof information. This system is administeredby the Records and Data Managementdivision.The fund’s Client Relationship Managementsystem keeps track of all queries and avariety of fund related statistics. Manyqueries are attended to at the Call Centrewhich is equipped with a team of multilingualconsultants who attend to client queries andfollow up on the processing of claims.GIPF has more than eight regional officessituated in Gobabis, Ondangwa, Oshakati,Otjiwarongo, Rundu, Katima Mulilo,Keetmanshoop and Swakopmund who areconnected to the Government InstitutionsMember Information System called GIMIS.The GIMIS’ operation system facilitatesthe coordination and exchange of all fundmember information between Head Officeand the regional offices. The regionaloffices offer full services to all clientsincluding processing and handling of claimsqueries and registration for Biometrics andverifications.Each and every fund member of GIPF is offundamental value to the fund.GIPF strives to be a leading pension fundand a model corporate citizen in Namibia bysafeguarding and growing the Fund for thebenefit of its stakeholders and Namibia.The Fund prides itself in providing realvalue benefits and sustainable servicesand to make a meaningful contribution tothe economic and social development ofNamibia.GIPF – Guaranteeing your pension benefitsTel: +264 61 205-1205www.gipf.com.naGIPF is the biggest pension fund in Namibiain terms of size, its assets and membership.As at 31 March 2012, its total assets are morethan N$50-billion, and its membership isabout 80 thousand members and 50 thousandpensioners. It renders services countrywide.Mrs Maria Dax – CEO (Acting) Best of Namibia | 137
    • Atlas Financial GroupSince 1995, the Atlas Group has built a reputation for excellence providing inexcess of 10,000 private and professional intermediary clients with a variety ofcorporate and administration services including specialist offshore structures,professional directorships and trustee solutions.Their superior service levels has allowedthem to generate a strong track recordand their latest product solutions are setto further enhance their reputation in themarket place.Atlas Financial Group, part of theAtlas Group, has been established toand exceptional levels of customerin Africa, Asia, Europe and the MiddleEast.products and offers a comprehensiverange of private client wealthfor overseas residents, expatriates andTheir product solutions have beenwith their suppliers to provide innovativesolutions that offer clients some of theAtlas Life – offering ‘Institutional rates tothe retail Market’In addition to AFG, the Group have alsoestablished Atlas Life, an offshore lifeand their business assets with life coverUnlike local life insurance products, AtlasAtlas Life works with some of theworld’s strongest reinsurers so clients canaround the corner.The Atlas Life product can be establishedto provide protection for mortgages, schoolfees and inheritance planning as well asJesse D. Hester, Chairman138 | Best of Namibia
    • AFG and IDAD in AfricaAFG has also secured an exclusive Africaagreement with innovative structuredproduct supplier, IDAD of London.Investment Design and Distribution(IDAD) was established in 2002 anddevelops structured investment productsin conjunction with leading investmentinstitutions. IDAD works with reputable andwell-established providers to ensure accessto institutional pricing and funding and haslaunched over 300 successful investmentWith global interest rates at an all- timesecure the returns in the bank or buildingreturns on offer from the stock market, butdisappointed, receiving low returns or even MauritiusTel: +230 263 0040Email: info@afg.muwww.atlas-corp.comwww.afg.muattractive returns in both rising and fallingthe performance of the investment will beat risk are all set out prior to investment.no ongoing fees, the investments beat mosttraditional investments in terms of chargesThe initial sales charge is an implicit part ofthe structure’s design so 100% of the client’scapital is invested.AFG – How we help the professionalintermediarythe needs of their clients are of paramountimportance to them. Our relationship teambest solutions available in the market place.Working with AFG gives the professionalexclusive product opportunities and offersproviding unique, innovative solutions thatcan be presented to their clients.In addition, AFG understand theimportance of service and are aware of theissues intermediaries are faced with on aAfrica – The new ‘Emerging Market’We see Africa as one of the most excitingopportunities in our future business planscontinent. We aim to be part of the AfricaAFG has strong distribution relationshipsthroughout Africa and we will continue topartner with professional intermediariesgrowing, but more demanding, client base incountries such as Angola, Ghana, Botswana,With the continent home to the largestand the largest accumulated reserves ofcommodities such as gold, coal, copper,the economic spotlight will fall even moreon Africa and AFG is well positioned to helpLucan Toh, CEO Best of Namibia | 139
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    • VISION STATEMENTTo be recognised as a leading regulator for achievingoptimum viability and competition in the NamibianElectricity Supply Industry.MISSION STATEMENTTo regulate and control the Namibian electricity supplyindustry (ESI) in the interests of all stakeholders withregard to price, quality and reliability.CORE VALUESTransparency To be open and honest in all ourdealings with stakeholders.Integrity To be impartial in our judgement andtreat all stakeholders equally.Efficiency To ensure at all times that ourregulatory functions add value to theESI.Sustainability To ensure that the endowment ofthe energy resources are available topresent and future generations.Professionalism To maintain the highest standards oftechnical competency and personalintegrity.ECB’s MANDATEThe ECB’s has a mandate to:1. exercise control over and regulate the provision,use and consumption of electricity in Namibia;2. oversee the efficient functioning and developmentof the electricity industry and security of electricityprovision;3. ensure the efficient provision of electricity;4. ensure a competitive environment in the electricityindustry in Namibia with such controls as may benecessary for the security of electricity provisionand other public interests; and5. promote private sector investment in the electricityindustry, in accordance with prevailing Governmentpolicy. Best of Namibia | 143
    • Ms Mara Uazenga – General Manager Finance and AdministrationMr Siseho C Simasiku – Chief Executive Officer Board Members:Front Row: left-right – Mr Jason Nandago (Chairperson) – MrsPanduleni Shimutwikeni (Vice Chairpersom)HighlightsThe ECB was established in 2000 following the approval of the WhitePaper on Energy Policy 1998, a comprehensive document spellingout the direction for the Namibian energy sector and identifiesits main objectives as, amongst others, effective energy sectorgovernance, security of supply, social upliftment, investment andgrowth, economic competitiveness and efficiency, and sustainability.The promulgation of Electricity Act, Act 4 of 2007 following a repealof Electricity Act, Act 2 of 2000 has brought about tremendousbenefits for the ESI. It has, amongst others, enhanced the regulatorycapacity of the ECB by enabling the development of technicalregulatory tools, procedures and rules. These include transmissiongrid codes, technical and economic rules, market models, tariffmethodologies and quality of supply and service standards.ECB’s Achievements over the past 12 years:1. Established a functioning Regulator.2. Facilitated the repeal of the 2000 Electricity Act and thepromulgation of the Electricity Act 4 of 2007 and the ElectricityAdministrative Regulations, 2007.3. Developed and implemented benchmarked instruments andsystems including the following:– The Quality of Supply and Service Standards– The Transmission (Tx) Grid Code– The Namibia Electricity Safety Code– The IPP and Investment Market Framework– The EDI Restructuring Process– Licensing Procedures and Guidelines– The ECB Complaints Handling Procedures, MediationProcedures.144 | Best of Namibia
    • 4. Developed the ECB Corporate Governance Handbook.5. Introduced the Financial and Technical Performance Managementand Monitoring Framework for Namibia.6. Conducted a National Tariff Study and implemented therecommendations thereof:– Adopted and implemented the cost plus tariff methodologyfor generation, transmission and distribution tariffdetermination.– Developed and implemented a Weighted Average Cost ofCapital (WACC) framework to allow a return for utilities.– Developed and implemented tariff models to determine andevaluate generation, transmission and distribution.– Developed and implemented a uniform asset register(Namibian Electrical Asset Register) for distribution utilities.– Achieved a milestone through awarding NamPower acost-reflective generation and transmission tariff from the2011/2012 financial year as per Government directive.– Developed guidelines for connection charge policies.– Implemented Time of Use tariffs for Large Power Users.7. Co-operated with Regional bodies such as RERA, AFUR andNARUC.Electricity Control Board8 Bismarck Street, WindhoekPo Box 2923 Windhoek, NamibiaWebsite: www.ecb.org.naTel: + 264 61 374300Fax: + 264 61 374 305Back Row: left- right – Mr Gottlieb Hinda (Board member), Mr SisehoC Simasiku (CEO & ex officio board member), Mr Fritz Jeske (Boardmember), Mr Gersom Katjimune (Board member)Mr Rojas Manyame – General Manager Regulation Best of Namibia | 145
    • The government is determined to ensuresecurity of energy supply in the country tomeet the ever-growing needs as Namibiadevelops. The government also wants toensure that all Namibians have accessto energy supplies. Policy encouragesinvestment in the energy sector by bothlocal and foreign investors.Namibia currently imports more than 50percent of electricity from neighbouringcountries. The government’s current WhitePaper on Energy states that Namibia shouldbe able to generate 100 percent of its peakdemand and 75 percent of annual energydemand from local sources.Electricity deficitNamibia, like most countries in southernAfrica, is affected by an electricity deficitas the economy expands. The SouthernAfrican Power Pool (SAPP) has forecast apower shortage in the next four years aspower utilities in the southern African regionseek new generation sources. In the winterof 2012, the state power utility NamPowerexpects to have a deficit of 80MW. Thedeficit is expected to increase to 150MW bythe end of 2013 and 300MW by 2015 mainlydue to economic growth in the miningsector.Areas of investment potentialNamibia has massive conversional andrenewable energy potential in the formNamibia’s immense energy potentialThe Namibian government’s energy policy is focused on the need to see the provision ofadequate and affordable energy supply in a sustainable manner. The policy encouragestaking advantage of natural resources such as water, gas, wind and solar to meet energyneeds.146 | Best of Namibia
    • of wind and solar resources. There is anannual average of 3,876 hours of sunshinein Namibia – with the largest solar energypotential in the southern African region.Investment potential has not been fullyutilised, creating massive opportunitiesfor investors. Namibia is a net importerof electricity and demand is expected toincrease in the near future. The potential forwind energy in the coastal areas is massiveas they offer ready consumers due to thenew uranium mines around Walvis Bay andSwakopmund – Namibia’s biggest coastaltowns.In its policy documents on renewableenergy, the Namibian government believesthat renewable energy can contributetowards social improvement particularly inareas not served by the grid.As part of efforts to invest in renewableenergy, NamPower is currently negotiatingPower Purchase Agreements (PPA) withthree prospective wind energy developers,one near Lüderitz and two in the Walvis Bayarea. The Electricity Control Board (ECB)has issued all three parties with conditionalenergy generation licences. The proposedinstalled capacities are still being negotiated.In December 2011, NamPower issuedtenders for an Independent Power Producer(IPP) for a 30MW photovoltaic solar powerplant in Namibia, split into 10MW for each ofthree locations in the country. This will leadto the implementation of the first commercialsolar power plant in Namibia.In addition, private developers havecommenced with a biomass project utilisinginvader bush to generate electricity. Theproject known as C-Bend (Combating bushencroachment for Namibia’s development)is a pilot plant of 250kW. NamPower issupporting the project through a PrivatePublic Agreement it has signed with thedevelopers to encourage IPP participation.Technical advice to interconnect withthe electricity distribution company incentral Namibia has also been provided byNamPower. NamPower has also obtained agrant of 350,000 euro from KfW of Germanyto conduct a biomass feasibility study intothe utilisation of large-scale invader bush tofuel a power station of between 10 to 20MW.The final report is expected before the endof 2012.Wind farmNamibia’s biggest renewable project to dateis the Lüderitz Wind Farm. Developmentagreements were signed in November 2010between United Africa Group (Namibia),SOJITZ (Japan) and KOMIPO (Korea) todevelop the US$150-million wind powerproject.The 44MW (phase 1) project at Lüderitzwill be owned by United Africa (60percent), Sojitz (20 percent) and KOMIPO(20 percent), with NamPower as thedesignated off-taker. SOJITZ has suppliedthe commercial expertise involved inthe investment, financing and projectcoordination, while KOMIPO will be thetechnical partner providing expertise and thebenefits of being a global power leader.The site for the Lüderitz Wind Power Projectis Diaz Point and operations are expected tocommence in 2013.NamPower’s projects and initiativesNamPower has embarked on a number ofprojects and initiatives to address the powersupply situation. NamPower has stated thatthe power supply deficit and associatedchallenges will continue to prevail until thecommissioning of a new base load powerstation by 2016.NamPower is at the moment rehabilitatingthe Van Eck Power Station situated inWindhoek at a cost of US$10.4-million.NamPower has also increased thegeneration capacity at the Ruacana PowerStation close to the border with Angola by15MW to 345MW, and is in the process ofreplacing all four machines at the ParatusPower Station at Walvis Bay due to theaging infrastructure.The increase in uranium mining activities inthe Erongo Region has led NamPower tolook into a feasibility of a coal-fired powerstation whose tenders have already beenpublished. This is expected to be fast-tracked into a commercial operation by2016 with a capacity of between 150MW to300MW.NamPower’s biggest power generationproject is Kudu Power Project with acapacity of 800MW using gas from the KuduGas Project, situated offshore Namibia.The project involves the establishment of agas power station at Oranjemund, close tothe South African border. Half of the powergenerated from the Kudu power station(400MW) will be consumed in Namibiawith the balance to be exported to regionalmarkets. NamPower will look for 49 percentequity partners on this project.NamPower sees the Kudu Power Projectas a strategic investment for Namibia inensuring security of supply for the countryas well as its role as the catalyst for thecommercialisation of Namibia’s unexploitedoil and gas potential.Baynes Power Project, a joint projectbetween Namibia and Angola, is another bigpower generation project. The PermanentJoint Technical Commission betweenAngola and Namibia is currently studyingthe feasibility of a power station on theKunene River and is expected to make afinal recommendation to the Namibian andAngolan governments before the end of2012. NamPower estimates that this projectwill cost US$1.3-billion.NamPower is also working with the powerutilities of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswanaon setting up a regional transmissioninterconnector. The cost of the project isestimated at US$250-million.www.mti.gov.nawww.mme.gov.na Best of Namibia | 147
    • There is a distinct correlation betweensocio-economic growth in a country andthe steady, reliable supply of electricity.NamPower, Namibia’s national powerutility, has since its establishment in July1996, earned itself the solid reputation ofreliably keeping the engine of the Namibianeconomy running.As a state-owned enterprise, registeredand operating according to the CompaniesAct, NamPower’s core business is thegeneration, transmission and energy tradingwithin the Southern African Power Pool(SAPP). NamPower supplies bulk electricityto mainly Regional Electricity Distributors(REDs), and to Local Authorities, Farms andMines (where REDs are not operational)throughout Namibia.NamPower’s main sources of powergeneration are (installed capacities): thethermal 120 MW Van Eck Power Stationoutside of Windhoek, the 24 MW (degradedto 12 MW due to age) Paratus and22.5 MW ANIXAS diesel-powered stations atWalvis Bay, and the 332 MW hydro-electricRuacana Power Station at the Ruacana Fallsin the Kunene Region.The utility’s major investment projectsrank as some of the largest ever carriedout in Namibia – clearly demonstratingNamPower’s commitment to its vision “Tobe a leading energy company in Africa,which excels in customer service, peopledevelopment and technological innovation”,and serving as the backbone of dynamicgrowth and diversification in the country.Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower)Powering the Nation.148 | Best of Namibia
    • NamPower is extremely proud of thefact that a number of projects have beencommissioned since the year 2010, whilea number of short, medium and long termtransmission and energy generation projectsare being planned in order to meet thelooming power supply challenges in thecountry and the region at large.Projects commissioned since 2010The historical Caprivi Link InterconnectorProject, which involved a 951km 350kVHVDC line and converter stations linkingthe far north-east with central Namibia,was commissioned on 12 November 2010.The Caprivi Link provides a north-southinterconnector within the SAPP, which formspart of the pool’s vision to interconnect theregion and will, due to its nature of settingpower flows, add to the energy tradingpotential within the region, and improve thedynamic stability of the SAPP transmissionnetwork.The West Coast Development Projectalong Namibia’s central west coast involvedextensive transmission infrastructureplanning and development due to strongeconomic development in the ErongoRegion. The 220 kV transmission back-bone was reinforced to service new miningactivities and more 220 kV lines andsubstation extensions are being planned tofurther reinforce supply to all areas.The 22.5 MW ANIXAS diesel-poweredStation at Walvisbay was commissionedon 3 November 2011. The purpose of thepower station is to provide an emergencystandby facility for electricity generation,while also assisting in providing powersupply to the national electricity grid duringpeak periods of power consumption. Asit was the first power station to be builtin more than 30 years after the RuacanaHydropower Station on the Kunene River,the project became historic in the annals ofNamPower and the country.The Ruacana Fourth Unit Project wascommissioned on 31 May 2012. The projectinvolved the installation of a new 104MVA unit comprising a fourth generatorand hydro-turbine, in addition to the threeexisting units at the Ruacana Hydro PowerStation, which brought the current installedcapacity of the Station to 332 MW. TheRuacana Hydro Power Station, is Namibia’smain source of power generation, and cancontribute over 60% towards power supplyin the country depending on the run-of-the-river.The Tsumkwe Renewable Energy Project(a joint partnership project betweenthe European Union, Desert ResearchFoundation of Namibia, the OtjozondjupaRegional Council and NamPower), is one Best of Namibia | 149
    • of the largest state-of-the art 200kW solardiesel hybrid systems in Africa. It wascommissioned at Tsumkwe in January2012. Businesses and some 700 residentsin the growing town of Tsumkwe nowhave access to modern energy services.Almost 80 solar water heaters have beeninstalled, over 80 electric stoves replacedwith gas stoves, and incandescent lightswere replaced with energy saving ones. Inaddition, pre-paid meters were installed forall electricity users.Ensuring security of power supply in theshort-termThe demand for electricity continues to growdue to increasing economic activities andurbanisation. The shortage of power supplyis a regional problem and the next threeto four years will be critical for the region,as power utilities are working hard to putup new generation sources and refurbishand upgrade existing ones including itstransmission networks. The utilities in theSouthern African Power Pool have howeverresolved to take a collective approach tothese challenges.All power utilities in the region, includingNamPower, have initiated a number ofgeneration and transmission projects to tryand meet the ever increasing demand forpower supply.Given the challenges of implementing thelarge scale projects, such as the timespanof such projects, NamPower has initiatedthe Short Term Critical Supply Project(STCS), under which a number of short andmedium term initiatives will be implementedto address the immediate power supplyshortages.150 | Best of Namibia
    • The following initiatives will beimplemented as part of the STCS Project:• Demand Side Management (DMS)Initiatives• Rehabilitation of Van Eck Power Station• Replacing turbine runners at RuacanaPower Station – Units 1 to 3• Investigating the replacement of all 4machines at Paratus Power Station• Negotiating new and extending existingPower Purchase Agreements• Engaging Independent Power Producers• Investigating the acquisition of emergencydiesel generatorsEnsuring security of power supply in thelonger-termApart from initiating the STCS Project,NamPower has strengthened its electricitydemand forecasting both in frequency andintensity so that expected demand andsupply options are optimised to ensurethat costs of the various supply options areminimised. At the same time the companyhas intensified work on its longer termdomestic power supply options and regionalpower projects that will facilitate futurepower supply.Namibia requires a base-load power plantby 2016, one which is able to generatepower at least 85% of the time whencalled upon. The substantial increase inpower demand in the Central Namib dueto development growth has required theinvestigation into the feasibility of a coal-fired power station. To this effect, a newpower station – the Erongo Coal-fired PowerStation is being planned at a location east ofArandis, with an initial capacity of 300MW,which can be upgraded in the future to800MW.The Kudu Gas-to-Power Project remainsa strategic investment for Namibia inensuring security of supply for the countryas well as its role as the catalyst forcommercialisation of Namibia’s unexploitedoil and gas potential. The project will involvethe implementation of an 800MW CCGTPower Station north of Oranjemund situated170km from the offshore Kudu Gas Field.Half of the power generated from the Kudupower station (400MW) will be consumed inNamibia with the balance to be exported toregional markets.The Baynes Hydro Power Project,situated along the Kunene River, 200kmdownstream of Ruacana, is being drivenby the Namibian-Angola Permanent JointTechnical Commission (PJTC) on behalf ofthe respective governments.A Techno-economic Feasibility Studyand Environmental and Social ImpactAssessment study conducted independentlyfound that the project is technically andcommercially feasible.It is envisaged that the Baynes mid-merit/peaking power station’s capacity could bebetween 350-550MW which will be sharedequally between Namibia and Angola.Renewable Energy ProjectsThere are a number of renewable energyprojects in the form of wind, solar andbiomass energy being pursued byIndependent Power Producers andNamPower.The ZIZABONA Project – a joint venturebetween the utilities of Zimbabwe, Zambia,Botswana and Namibia – has in principleagreed to develop a multi-million power linethat would allow an additional 600MW to betransmitted around the region. The powerutilities of these countries have signed anInter-Utility Memorandum of Understandingfor cooperation in the investment of newtransmission infrastructure. The ZIZABONAProject is planned to be commissioned intwo phases, namely the Hwange/Livingstone(Phase 1) and Victoria-Falls-Pandamatenga-Zambezi Transmission Stations (Phase 2).Our successNamPower’s success is built on a verystrong foundation of business culture andgood corporate citizenship, and in movingforward the company shall continue toinvest in powering the nation, protectingour environment, uplifting marginalisedcommunities, providing excellent customerservice and meeting the aspirations of ourstaff now and for generations to come.NAMPOWERMs Tangeni KambangulaCorporate CommunicationsP O Box 2864WINDHOEKTel. +264 61 2054111Fax + 264 61 205 2372tangeni.kambangula@nampower.com.nawww.nampower.com.na Best of Namibia | 151
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    • The Best of NamibiaBrazilians and Africans have an ancestral bond. They are both marked by a history ofovercoming adversity; each bearing unique identities which are similar at the same time.For Brazilian company HRT, Namibia is a perfect match, as being in Namibia is like beingat home – a return to one’s origins in a meeting of culture, energy and human potential.154 | Best of Namibia
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    • HRT, a Brazilian company that focusesits operations on the exploration andproduction of oil and gas, seeks tocontribute to the development of Namibiaby always respecting the local culture andcharacteristics of the region in which itoperates in a transparent way, endeavouringitself to achieve standards of excellence inits activities.With a potential volume of resourcesestimated at 6.9-billion Barrels of OilEquivalent in its blocks in Namibia, HRTis aware that its findings will significantlytransform the reality of the country. Theactivities that today drive the Namibianeconomy such as agriculture, tourismand the extraction of gold, diamondsand uranium, will all feel the effects of oil.With the development of new economicactivities, there will be a need for trainingand qualifying of local labour. One ofthe commitments HRT has in Namibiais to provide an exchange of technicaland scientific expertise between the twocountries.With improvements in professionalexpectations, new market opportunitieswill arise. HRT believes that its actions,combined with local policy, willcontribute to social well-being and animprovement in quality of life. All of thecompany’s operational planning is basedon its commitment to socio-economicdevelopment, aligned with sustainability andthe welfare of the people.The company believes that operatingoffshore in Namibia brings the opportunityof reconnecting these two unique regionswithin their reach. This reconnectionis after 200-million years, when therewas a supercontinent on earth calledPangaea which became separated by thephenomenon of continental drift. In the1980s, HRT’s CEO Marcio Rocha Mello,initiated studies based on this theory to tryto delineate the characteristics of the South-eastern Brazilian basins and the South-westcoast of Africa. Recently a highly specialisedtechnical team of PhDs from HRT puttogether geological and geochemicaldata proving the analogy between the oilbasins. For the company’s oil explorationspecialists, the sea in Namibia has supergiant hydrocarbon fields, such as the ones156 | Best of Namibia
    • found in the basins in the coast of Brazilwhere the pre-salt layer is located.Oil is the word that connects HRT with theworld – and for the company, oil is morethan just a tangible good. It is a preciousresource extracted from knowledge,innovation and the involvement of people.Success cannot be achieved withoutinvolvement and without passion; and theseare the driving forces behind the recordnumbers of HRT’s exploratory campaign.In Namibia, for example, the company hasconducted the largest 3D seismic surveyever made in the country. Drilling operationsare under way and four wells will be drilledin its exploratory blocks in 2013. Consideredthe largest acreage holder in offshoreNamibia, currently HRT has 12 blocks in thecountry and is the operator of ten of them.The other important operating area is inBrazil, which is undertaken in harmonywith the Amazon, as it is the cradle of theplanet’s biodiversity. The company holdsa 55% stake in 21 blocks in the SolimõesBasin. The biggest differential in HRTonshore performance lies in the logistics ofits operations. The company transports allof its equipment and collaborators by air,with the support of Air Amazonia and fluvialtransportation, ensuring in this way the leastenvironmental impact possible.Respecting the environment is more thanjust a responsibility for HRT. Operating in thissplendid region, where oil and gas are nowemerging, the company offers pioneeringsustainable initiatives as a counterpart, suchas the Green Barrel project.In Brazil, the Green Barrel project willearmark R$-1 (one real) for every barrelof oil produced for projects aimed at thepreservation of the fauna and flora of theAmazon, besides creating a SustainableDevelopment Reserve in Uacari.In Namibia, N$-1 (one Namibian dollar)for each barrel of oil produced will bedonated to sustainable projects aimed atthe protection of the marine ecosystem.Conscious of the huge potential of the wholeoil industry chain, HRT dreams of makingthe Green Barrel project, an initiative ofeveryone – because great dreams are jointlyaccomplished. Best of Namibia | 157
    • “I am very proud of the company we havebuilt. Actually, the one we are still building.I look at the people by my side and feel thatthis is only the beginning” (Marcio RochaMello, HRT CEO).HRT believes in operations that arecarried out in a transparent way andthrough partnerships with governmentsand organised civil society. That is whyworking towards the development of theregion in which we operate and seeing thepossibilities for future generations is the HRTway of doing business.Contact DetailsHRT AfricaMutual Platz Building, 5th floor – PostStreet MallPO Box 1747 – Windhoek – Namibia+264 61 231981 – hrtafrica@hrt.com.br –www.hrt.com.br158 | Best of Namibia
    • The blocks cover a total area of approximately 68,800 km² off the coast ofNamibia. HRT operates two blocks in the Walvis Sub-Basin, where it has100% of the shares; and eight blocks in the Orange Sub-Basin, with morethan a 90% stake in these assets. Besides this, it has 2,87% of the shares,as a non-operator, in two blocks in the Namibe Sub-Basin. Best of Namibia | 159
    • Energyisourfuture,don’twasteit!RENEWABLE ENERGIESBACK ENDFRONT ENDMINING REACTORS & SERVICESAREVA’s commitmentto Africa’s miningindustry goes onMany countries in Africa have trusted AREVA’suranium mining expertise for over half a century.They chose rightly: be it for exploration, mineoperation or site rehabilitation, AREVA has provedto be the right partner for countries willing todevelop their mining industry in a reliable, safe andefficient way.In2012andfarbeyond,AREVAisreadytoparticipatein the economic and social development of Africancountries where the group operates by being areliable partner in the development of their uraniummining industries.AREVA Resources NamibiaAREVA Plaza, Cnr Nataniel Maxuilili & Leutwein Street, Swakopmund, NamibiaTel: +264 (0)64 415 720 - Fax: +264 (0)64 415 721www.areva.comTrekkopje Project - Namibia
    • Best of Namibia | 161AREVA supplies solutions for powergeneration with less carbon. Its expertiseand unwavering insistence on safety,security, transparency and ethics aresetting the standard, and its responsibledevelopment is anchored in a process ofcontinuous improvement.Ranked first in the global nuclear powerindustry, AREVA’s unique integratedoffering to utilities covers every stage ofthe fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design andconstruction, and related services. Thegroup is also expanding its operationsto renewable energies – wind, solar,bioenergies, hydrogen and storage – to beone of the leaders in this sector worldwide.Prospecting for, producing and sellinguranium, with a commitment to efficientperformance and social and environmentalresponsibility are the main activities ofAREVA’s Mining Business Group. With itspresence on five continents, AREVA is theworld’s leading uranium producer today.With offices in Windhoek and Swakopmund,AREVA Resources Namibia is currentlydeveloping the Trekkopje Mine, situated70km north-east of Swakopmund. It isone of the Group’s flagship projects andone of the most advanced assets underconstruction; a key pillar of AREVA’s uraniumstrategy.Currently, there are 1,800 people employedin the construction of the mine. Another170 permanent employees work in differentareas to maintain the project. Once themine is commissioned, 420 people willbe employed. “Of the total employees,92 percent are Namibians. There areNamibian understudies for all expatriatesin operation, and they will hand over theirknowledge to Namibians,” said HilifaMbako, Country Manager of AREVA.Upon commission, the mine will process100,000 tonnes of crushed ore per day withan expected production of 3,000 tonnesof an impure mixture of uranium oxideobtained during the processing of uraniumore, (yellow cake) per year. The leach-padfacility will be over 3km long and 810m wide,making it one of the biggest alkali heap-leach operations in the world.AREVA already supported the surroundingcommunities with the following:• Development and training of mining skills;• Supply of water;• Building of classrooms and ablutionfacilities; and• Donation of a 20-seater bus and anambulance.As an industrial responsible partner,AREVA is dedicated to build sustainablepartnerships with its Namibian stakeholders,both socially and economically.Hidas Centre, Suite 2, 2nd Floor21 Nelson Mandela Avenue, WindhoekTel: +264 (0)61 300 638Fax: +264 (0)61 300 640Email: hilifa.mbako@areva.comwww.areva.comAREVAMEETING energy challenges.
    • Swakop UraniumThe Namibian based mining companySwakop Uranium is currently building whatwould be the world’s third largest uraniummine near Swakopmund. The go-ahead forthe development of the N$12-billion project,called the Husab mine, was given in August2012 by Swakop Uranium’s 100 percentshareholder, Taurus Minerals Limited. Taurus is an entity owned by ChinaGuangdong Nuclear Power Company(CGNPC) Uranium Resources Co., Ltd. andthe China-Africa Development Fund.The Husab Project was approved after theshareholders considered various optionsto take the project forward, including ajoint development with the nearby RössingUranium mine. It was eventually decided togo the stand-alone route, independent ofany other entity.The Husab ore body – which is located justsouth of Rössing – has been confirmed asthe highest-grade, granite-hosted uraniumdeposit in Namibia and one of the mostsignificant discoveries in the world in recentyears. The Husab mine has the potential toproduce 15-million pounds (6 800 tonnes)of uranium oxide per year. This is morethan the total current uranium production ofNamibia and will elevate Namibia past Niger,Australia and Canada to the second rungon the world ladder of uranium producers,second only to Kazakhstan.Says Norman Green, CEO of SwakopUranium: “The Husab Project indeed haswhat could be called the Big Five everyexplorer wishes to find, namely grade,depth, metallurgy, location and size. Whilethe mineralogy appears to be simpler thanthat at Rössing, with less marble, thisdeposit has remained hidden from previousdiscoveries due to a two to three metrecover of gravel.”But how and when was the depositdiscovered? According to Green, the Husabarea was targeted as an exploration areaof interest in 2006-07. “The geologicalreasoning behind this was that similar rockHere comes a Namibian mining giant!162 | Best of Namibia
    • types to those hosting the Rössing Mine tothe north were interpreted to be concealedbeneath the desert plain in the northern partof our Exclusive Prospecting License (EPL).”The discovery holes were drilled in late2007; the chemical assay results for thethree discovery holes were returned fromthe laboratory in early 2008 and released tothe market in February 2008. Cementing itsplace as one of the largest resource drillingprojects globally, Swakop Uranium hascompleted over 700 000 metres (or700 km) of combined reverse circulation anddiamond core drilling from April 2006, whenthe drilling programme started. This meansthat the combined depth of the drill holeswill stretch from Swakopmund to the EtoshaGame Reserve and well beyond!According to Green, the mine should takeroughly three years to build, which meansthat commissioning activities will starttowards the end of 2015. “From April 2011when the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS)demonstrated that this was a project worthundertaking, Swakop Uranium has beenpreparing like an Olympic athlete to get thisproject in the best possible shape.”At the end of 2012 contracts to thebudgeted value of US$820-million hadalready been placed, which represents a bitless than half of the total project budget.“While the major agreements have been withinternational companies, the Husab Projectteam remains committed to encouragingspend with Namibian companies through avariety of means,” Green assures.In parallel with the construction of the Husabmine, the Swakop Uranium managementteam in Namibia will assemble and trainthe operational team to ensure that thecompany is ready to operate the mine onceconstruction is completed and the mine iscommissioned.Given the potential of the Husab Project,Swakop Uranium is poised to become asubstantial contributor to the Namibianeconomy and its local communities.At a spot price of US$65/lb, a productionrate of 15-million pounds per annumand an exchange rate of N$7,5 to theUS dollar, Swakop Uranium will have anannual turnover of N$7,3-billion. The HusabProject will furthermore contribute 5% tothe Namibian Gross Domestic Product,20% to the country’s merchandise exportsand generate N$1 700-million per year inGovernment revenue.The project will also create more than4000 temporary jobs during constructionand 1 325 permanent operational jobopportunities. This will increase the numberof people employed in the mining sector byapproximately 17%. According to a socioeconomic study done on the Husab Projectand the uranium rush, eight to ten spin-offjobs will be created with each permanentemployee, which means that up to 12 000permanent jobs will be created by, and as aresult of, the Husab Project.Public Relations DepartmentSwakop Uranium (Pty) LtdTel; +264 (0) 61 300 220Fax: +264 (0) 61 300 221Email: info@swakopuranium.com.naWebsite: www.swakopuranium.comCEO Norman Green Best of Namibia | 163
    • Transport and LogisticsCHAPTER 9164 | Best of Namibia
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    • Namibian Ports AuthorityFrom humble beginnings as a fishingharbour in Walvis Bay and Luderitz, thecompany has embraced the surge inthe economies of the Southern AfricanDevelopment Community (SADC) duringthe past two decades. Today, industrialand commercial activities are the biggestindustries in Walvis Bay with the portreceiving more than 4000 vessel calls peryear and a container terminal capacity of10 000 TEU’s.In the year 1998, Namport embarked onthe first substantial expansion plan in 40years by refurbishing the quays in WalvisBay and deepening the port to -12.8 metres.This has subsequently been increasedto -14m depth and the quay lengthened.A further investment in Luderitz wasundertaken for a new cargo and containerquay two years’ later. In the same year,Namport was instrumental in establishingthe Walvis Bay Corridor Group which seeksto ensure sustainable cargo for the countriesof the SADC region and provide the bestmeans of access for their markets.Namport has subsequently continuedwith ongoing equipment upgrades andinfrastructure expansion in order toensure capacities exceeding 5-milliontonnes per annum and over 350 000 TEU’s.Walvis Bay is recognised as a transhipmenthub for the entire west coast of Africaserving the major container liners of theregion in the most efficient and costeffective manner.Current major projects include:• New container terminal expansion takingcapacity up to 1-million TEU’s per annum• Tanker berth for fuel handling• Oil and Rig repair facilities• Car Terminal for New and Used Vehicles• Additional port facilities for bulk materialhandlingThe Ports of Walvis Bay and Luderitz arepositioned for the preferred access tomarkets in Zambia, Democratic Republic ofCongo (DRC), Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angolaand Botswana. These destinations areall well served by the following corridorsestablished by the Walvis Bay CorridorGroup (www.wbcg.com.na):• Walvis Bay – Ndola – LubumbashiCorridor serving Zambia, Malawi and DRC• Trans Cunene Corridor serving Lubango inSouthern Angola• Trans Kalahari Corridor serving Botswana,Zimbabwe and the Gauteng industrial hubin South Africa• Trans Oranje Corridor serving the NorthernCape mines and agricultural industries inSouth AfricaAll these routes offer significant savings intime, costs of transport and security benefitsto freight forwarders and cargo owners alike.Namport continues to play an importantrole in facilitating these trade corridors toensure improved border crossings, facilitiesand infrastructure benefits to transportersby engaging all stakeholders across all therelevant countries to ensure proper regionalintegration for the benefit of its customers.Voted the “Best Port Operator or Terminalin Africa” at the Africa Rail and HarboursConference in Sandton Johannesburg inJune 2012, goes without saying that thePort of Walvis Bay enjoys a reputation ofefficient operations, competitive pricing,secure facilities and rapid turnaround timeof vessels with no congestion. Namport willcontinue to strive towards being the “Bestperforming world-class port service providerin Africa”.Namport is a state-owned entity founded in 1994after Namibia’s independence in 1990.Mr Bisey Uirab, CEO Namibia PortsAuthority166 | Best of Namibia
    • The preferred access toSouthern AfricaHead OfficeNr 17 Rikumbi Kandanga Rd P O Box 361 Walvis Bay NamibiaTel: (+264 64) 208 2111 Fax: (+264 64) 208 2323Email: marketing@namport.com.na| | | ||Port of LüderitzHafen Street P O Box 836 Lüderitz NamibiaTel: (+264 63) 200 2017 Fax: (+264 63) 200 2028| |||www.namport.com.naWalvis BayLüderitzMozambiqueSwazilandLubangoLilongwe
    • Maersk Namibia (Pty) LtdOur VisionBy working with passion we focus on safetyand sustainability to create competitiveadvantages for our customers and in doingso live up to our company values.In our business, “value” should beunderstood as something broader andmore long term.Our company’s fortunes are inextricablylinked to trends in global consumption andtrade. Driven primarily by population andeconomic growth, these trends provide uswith business opportunities. Exploring andseizing these opportunities has led Maerskto become embedded in the development ofglobal and local infrastructures.Business and beyondToday, our unique position has enabled usto seize opportunities that extend beyondbusiness alone, such as setting industrystandards, impacting the welfare of localcommunities, and helping to reduceenvironmental impacts.At Maersk, we believe that value forbusiness goes hand in hand with valueto society. The sustainable economicdevelopment of local communities assiststo grow those communities as well asdeveloping Maersk Line’s future businessopportunities.As the world’s largest container shippingoperator, we understand the potentiallytransformative role we play in global trade,and we strive to use our position to makea positive difference. Our energy-efficientTriple-E vessels and operational innovationssuch as Slow Steaming are good for ourbusiness, as well as ensuring global trade ismore reliable and energy efficient.Environmental issues are a top prioritywithin A.P. Møller-Maersk Group, we believein sustainability, and support initiativesthat promote environmental responsibility.We look for innovative ways to implementenergy efficient solutions and regularlypartner with organisations across the globeto ensure wide-scale environmental benefits.AP Møller-Maersk Group in NamibiaA.P. Møller-Maersk Group is representedin Namibia by Maersk Line, Safmarine andAPM Terminals.As a Group we recognise that the truewealth of our company lies in the highcalibre of our employees. Due to this beliefwe strive to create an inspiring environmentto work in whilst promoting learning throughcareer development programmes. A.P.Møller-Maersk Group is an equal opportunityemployer that respects and celebrates thedifferences and diversity of its staff.Maersk Namibia is celebrating 15 yearsof service to the Namibian market. MaerskThe A.P. Møller-Maersk Group is a worldwide conglomerate. We operate in approximately130 countries and have a workforce of some 108,000 employees. In addition to owningone of the world’s largest shipping companies, we’re involved in a wide range of activitiesin the energy, logistics, retail and manufacturing industries.168 | Best of Namibia
    • Line started out in 1997 as the pioneer inconverting reefer cargo to containers, buthave adapted to the needs of our customersand today we are shipping dry and reefercargo to various destinations in the world.As the only major ocean carrier in Namibiawith offices in both Walvis Bay and Luderitz,we ensure that our customers enjoy thefull benefits of Maersk Line’s services. As aglobal carrier, we are able to meet almostall destination requirements. Applying ourprinciple of constant care, the team ofdedicated, dynamic and highly motivatedMaersk Line staff in Namibia, offers morethan just a port-to-port transportationservice.Safmarine joined Maersk Namibia in April2000 and our customers now have thechoice of two top brands; similar in service,but with a different approach.APM Terminals Container Depot is part ofthe APM Terminals umbrella, an organisationwith a global footprint with focus on creatingvalue within the supply chain for customersof the shipping and logistics industries.The depot is an established entity,opening its gates in 2003, and with supportfrom a network of similar entities through-out the sub-region and across the globe.APM Terminals is located inside thePort of Walvis Bay. The facility has amplespace for various services, including, butnot limited to, empty container handling,storage, repairs, bonded warehousing,stuffing and de-stuffing of containers andother auxiliary services.Maersk Line was one of the first shippinglines to recognise Walvis Bay’s potentialas a hub port as far back as 2004. Ourpartnership with Namport has led to manyimprovements and development initiativesresulting in continuous volume growth,and in line with this enabling the port tomake substantial continuous investment ininfrastructure.The WAFMAX service was introducedin Walvis Bay on 21 June 2011. With 22of the largest vessels ever deployed inWest-Africa, the WAFMAX service will pushthe boundaries of container shipping inWest-Africa and change them for good.The new vessels are poised to reach thehighest vessel operation productivitiesever recorded in West African terminals.These vessels will live up to the highestenvironmental standards includingconsiderable CO2 emission reductions.The modern design and equipment of thevessels reduce CO2 emissions by 30%compared to the industry average on theAsia-Africa trade lane. Namport was thefirst West African port committed to deepenthe harbour to a depth of 14 meters, whichwas required to accommodate the WAFMAXvessels’ arrival.Maersk Line is confident that volumesthrough Walvis Bay will continue to grow asshippers see the benefits of the corridorsand we therefore actively participatewithin the Walvis Bay Corridor Group. Webelieve that our presence in the market willcontribute to general growth in Namibia forall companies involved with moving cargo toand from Namibia.In today’s highly competitive world, itis imperative for any business to delivera fast and reliable service. Utilising to thefullest extent possible its own vessels andterminals, as well as its own global on-line systems, Maersk Line is renowned forreliability and punctuality, making MaerskLine the ideal business partner.Maersk Line is dedicated to the successof our customers and we can offer moreways to add value to their business.Maersk Namibia (Pty) LtdCnr Rikumbi Kandanga & Third StreetP O Box 2049, Walvis BayTel: +264 64 209800Fax: +264 64 209789www.maerskline.com Best of Namibia | 169
    • The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) isa Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiativethat serves as a service and facilitation bodyfor integrated corridor development and wasfounded with the main aim of increasing theutilisation of the Walvis Bay corridors via theport of Walvis Bay, to and from SouthernAfrica.As a Public Private Partnership, the WBCGis able to lean on its members in the publicsector for advice and action regardingissues such as customs, transport regulationand infrastructure development, while itreceives support from its private-sectormembers when focusing on businessdevelopment such as marketing, makingpractical operational proposals and findinglogistics solutions.WBCG members are: Namibia LogisticsAssociation (NLA); Namibian PortsAuthority (Namport); Walvis Bay Port UsersAssociation (WBPUA); TransNamib Holdings;Container Liners Operators Forum (CLOF);Walvis Bay Municipality; Namibia Chamberof Commerce and Industry (NCCI); Ministryof Finance: Department of Customs;Ministry of Trade and Industry: InvestmentCentre; Ministry of Works, Transport andCommunication: Department of Transport;Roads Authority; and Ministry of HomeAffairs and Immigration: Department ofImmigration.WBCG associated members are: AfricaRoutes Clearance Consultants; PacconLogistics; Vanguard; and Africa Union Cargo.The WBCG also welcomes associatedmembers beyond Namibia to the WBCG.Advantages for the regional economyThe Walvis Bay corridors comprise anetwork of transport routes linking the Portof Walvis Bay with the Trans-Kalahari, Trans-Caprivi (Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi),and Trans-Cunene corridors. The deep-seaport of Walvis Bay on the Namibian coastallows for direct access to principal shippingroutes, offering shippers a time saving ofup to five days between the SADC Region,Europe and the Americas. The port is freeof congestion, has competitive turnaroundtimes, and is complemented by first-classinfrastructure and equipment, ensuringsafe and reliable cargo handling with zeropilferage. Fast, efficient and safe roadand rail transport along all three corridorsfurther reduces transport costs and makesthe regional economy more attractive toglobal players, as envisaged under theNew Partnership for Africa’s Development(NEPAD) initiatives.The infrastructure that particularly supportsthe Trans-Kalahari and Trans-Caprivicorridors has been developed steadily. Ithas the most efficient intermodal blueprintfor the region, incorporating the ports,airways, tarred roads and rail networks, andautomated border-post customs procedures.In view of Vision 2030, strong emphasis isplaced on the transport sector to stimulateeconomic growth and promote nationaland regional integration, and to developregional trade in which the WBCG is playinga supporting role.Trans-Kalahari CorridorThe Trans-Kalahari Corridor links the port ofWalvis Bay to Botswana’s capital, Gaborone;the heartland of South Africa’s industrialcapital, Gauteng; and Zimbabwe. It isperfectly positioned to service the two-waytrade between South Africa, Botswana,Zimbabwe, Europe, the Americas and theFar East. This corridor allows for 48 hours’transit to and from Gauteng. The WBCGhas opened up a second support officein Gauteng, South Africa, to promote theTrans-Kalahari Corridor for the Gauteng andBotswana markets.Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Corridor(Trans-Caprivi Corridor)The Trans-Caprivi Corridor (TCC) providesthe shortest route between the Namibianports of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay and thevital transport hubs of Livingstone, Lusakaand Ndola in Zambia, Lubumbashi (southernDRC), and Zimbabwe. This corridor isperfectly positioned to service the two-way trade between the SADC Region andEurope, North and South America andemerging markets in the East.Walvis Bay Corridor GroupTo be the leading trade route in southern Africa.170 | Best of Namibia
    • The Trans-Caprivi Corridor allows four to fivedays in transit to and from Lusaka, Harareand Lubumbashi.The Katima Mulilo Bridge across theZambezi River connects the Livingstone-Sesheke Road, facilitating an increase incommercial and general traffic on the Trans-Caprivi Corridor and stimulating economicactivity along it.The WBCG has a branch office in Lusaka,Zambia, since 2005 to support its businessdevelopment drive in the Zambian marketand to provide quicker access to localservice providers in the logistics industrywho are interested in utilising the TCC.In 2012 the WBCG will have a footprint inLubumbashi, DRC, as well as in Brazil.Trans-Cunene CorridorThe Trans-Cunene Corridor links the WalvisBay port to southern Angola via Tsumeb andOndangwa to Oshikango in Namibia andthe Santa Clara border post in Angola. It isperfectly positioned to service the two-waytrade between Angola, Namibia, SouthAfrica, Europe, the Americas and the East.Regional stakeholders and partnershipsRegional support to ensure harmonisationof standards, allowing for the smoothflow of trade between borders, is ensuredthrough the establishment of regionalcommittees and partnerships with regionalbodies, under which the Trans-KalahariCorridor Management Secretariat is madeup of government and private sectorrepresentatives from Namibia, Botswanaand South Africa.The Trans-Caprivi Corridor Cluster and theWalvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi CorridorManagement Committee, which is apartnership between the DRC, Namibia andZambia, were also established to addressproblems that could impede the smoothmovement of goods across the bordersalong the Walvis Bay-Ndola-LubumbashiCorridor.Following the development of the WBCGStrategic Plan (2010–2015), the Groupcontinues to focus on increasing volumesfor the port and corridors and on enhancingthe competitiveness of the route. The WBCGaccordingly has a portfolio for projects andfunding, to identify, formulate and managecorridor projects so as to ensure andmobilise international support and funding.The WBCG Wellness Service programmeprovides support on HIV/AIDS matters toWBCG members. The WBCG hosts a jointinitiative – the Safe Trade and TransportCorridor Programme – between the WBCGand the Swedish International DevelopmentAgency (SIDA). The programme is aimedat improving road and transport safetyalong the Trans-Kalahari and Trans-Caprivi corridors, and supports regionalauthorities in the countries through whichthey run in developing and maintaining safe,sustainable and secure corridors.WALVIS BAY CORRIDOR GROUPHead OfficeTel + 264 61 25 1669Fax + 264 61 25 1683marketing@wbcg.com.naSao Paulo, BrazilTel +55 11 5044 7701ricardo@wbcg.com.brLubumbashi, DRCTel +322 386 5109bdm@wbcg.cdJohannesburg, South AfricaTel +27 11 258 8912bdm@wbcg.co.zaLusaka, ZambiaTel +260 21 124 1329bdm@wbcgzm.comwww.wbcg.com.na Best of Namibia | 171
    • Telecommunications and IndustryCHAPTER 10172 | Best of Namibia
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    • Telecom Namibia, the largest ICT (information and communicationstechnology) provider in this southern African country, has proveditself a proactive player since its foundation in 1992, establishing anintegrated voice, data and text network. The Windhoek-headquarteredparastatal now serves more than 145,360 customers in a country ofsome 2.1 million people, and has a well-educated workforce that isover 1,100 strong.In 2010 we reported on Telecom Namibia’s programme to improveconnection with the rest of the world by installing fibre optic links intoneighbouring countries. In February last year, Namibia’s link to theWACS undersea telecoms fibre optic cable laid along the West Africancoast finally landed. “The 14,900 kilometre West Africa Cable System(WACS) will provide direct connectivity between Namibia, WestAfrica, Portugal and the United Kingdom,” said Telecom Namibia’smanaging director Frans Ndoroma at the connection ceremony.The WACS cable was formally launched on 11 May this year in CapeTown. The cable enters Namibia at Swakopmund beach some 370kilometres west of Windhoek and was developed by Telecom Namibiaand other telecommunications investors in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks at a cost of $600 million. The cable willbe extended to Botswana and the practical result will undoubtedly beto bring down prices for internet and broadband users.The importance of a world class communications structure forbusiness development in Namibia needs no explaining. Internationalmining companies, for example, operate in a global environmentand need to be in 24-hour communication with operations aroundthe world. Even more pressing are the needs of Namibia’s growingtourism industry.Tourism now accounts for nearly 20 per cent of all employmentand contributes N$7.2 billion ($1.1 billion) to GDP as around onemillion visitors are attracted to the country’s scenery and game parks.To support this, the hotels and travel agencies need to be able toconnect to booking sites in the UK, Germany and South Africa—andof course, visitors these days expect broadband access and mobileconnectivity wherever they are.Telecom Namibia’s most recent innovation is its new broadbandservice, Speedlink, which aims to provide customers with faster andcheaper internet services. “Speedlink offers superb packages andvalue for all users whatever their needs and requirements are—fromthe relatively light users to heavy users that need high speeds,” saidNdoroma. “The new Speedlink packages are definitively a gamechanger for internet service provisioning in Namibia.”He concluded: “The Speedlink product offers you an interesting andattractive alternative in terms of packages, choice, quality and pricesin the realm of fast internet services.”Telecom Namibia is a company that has embraced the principle thatinnovation beats playing catch-up: it is taking an independent stancetailor-made to the needs of the Namibian population and businesscommunity.“In terms of strategy, broadband services play a highly significantrole in delivering to the customer a ‘one stop’ solution to a varietyof needs spanning voice, data, video and mobility—all deliveredon a single platform,” commented senior manager of CorporateCommunications & Public Relations Oiva Angula.“This offers customers unprecedented conveniences and flexibility,while such a single network will effect significant cost savings forthem,” Angula said.Accordingly, R&D investment will continue to be a top priority.February 2011 saw the launch of a Telecom Namibia-funded Centreof Excellence at the University of Namibia. “Our vision as TelecomNamibia is to make Namibia a part of the vibrant and innovativeknowledge society. Developing a strong culture of innovation andentrepreneurship is essential to the growth and success of the ICTin our country in order to achieve our national goals of economicgrowth and development,” Ndoroma said.“The objective of this centre at UNAM is to create an opportunity forgraduates to conduct research in a world class environment so thatthe much needed skills can be developed to grow the ICT knowledgebase in Namibia.”Ndoroma went on to say that the centre has the potential tocontribute to the overall implementation of Namibia’s Vision 2030,the national development blueprint launched in 2004. “Our mainobjective and mission as a national telecommunications operator is toserve as a catalyst for realising Vision 2030 by creating the necessaryinfrastructural conditions. We see that as part of our responsibility asone of the leading ICT players in the country.”Whether or not Namibia is classed as a developed nation by thatdate—and given its natural resources, political stability and itsgeographical advantage as a staging post between Europe, theburgeoning oil ports of West Africa, South Africa and Asia, this is byno means impossible—Vision 2030 has given the country a goal topursue with vigour.Telecom Namibia’s vision is to be the leading and preferred ICTplayer in the country. The company’s strategic roadmap providesdirection in the development and innovation of solutions whilecreating sustainable value for all its stakeholders.WACS: Game changerThe recent commissioning of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) has heralded a new era of communicationsin Namibia; and the country’s largest ICT provider has responded swiftly, with new innovations and betterservices for its customersFor more information, please contact:Oiva Angula - Senior Manager: CorporateCommunications and Public Relations at telephonenumber +264 61 201 2448 or by email oiva@telecom.na174 | Best of Namibia
    • CONNECTING AFRICA’S DREAM.As a national telecommunications operator, Telecom Namibia fully supports theGovernment’s strategy for better connectivity with our neighbouring countries. Byconnecting our country to Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia, TelecomNamibia is realising the dream of a proud, integrated and prosperous Africa nurturedby the Founding Fathers. For the African dream to blossom to its fullest, telecommu-nications is the economic engine of growth in the current Information Age. TelecomNamibia is making that dream a reality.powerfulnetworktelecomMap:www.mappery.com/Southern-Africa-Panorama-Mapnamibia Best of Namibia | 175
    • Unlimited potential in Namibia’s manufacturing sectorThe incentives to stimulate manufacturinginclude direct subsidies to SMEs to acquiremachinery and tax subsidies throughexemptions.Namibia also has signed various preferentialfree trade agreements with a number ofcountries, including those in the SouthernAfrican Development Community. Thegovernment sees Namibia as a gateway tothe SADC market, which has a populationof 190-million people and a GDP worthUS$180-million, which is a big market forNamibian based companies to export to.Vehicle for manufacturing growthBoth the government and the private sectoragree that manufacturing growth is a verygood vehicle for economic growth andresultant job creation as it has a very highmultiplier effect in the economy. Statisticsobtained from the Namibian ManufacturersAssociation (NMA), show that for everyone Namibian dollar spent in extendingmanufacturing capacity, another N$1.50to N$2.50 is generated in the rest of theeconomy through other products andservices provided.Data from the National PlanningCommission show that during the period2003 to 2010, the manufacturing sector ofNamibia grew at an average real rate of sixpercent per annum, and in 2010 contributedabout US$140-million or 14.4 percent to theGDP of Namibia.Although Namibia has abundant naturalresources, many of these are exported inraw form; this gives unlimited potential forinvestors to add value.Data from the Manufacturers Associationindicated that one of the easiest and mosteffective ways to induce manufacturinggrowth and diversify the export product mixof a country will be to add value by furtherprocessing local raw materials. In Namibiathis will relate to its primary mining, fisheriesand agricultural products.Namibia’s most important mining productsare: diamonds, uranium, lead, zinc, gold,copper, fluorspar, semi precious stones,dimension stone and salt.Investment potential in miningThe Chamber of Mines of Namibia saysthat value-addition possibilities exist inthe sector. Over 10 diamond cutting andpolishing factories have already beenestablished. In 2007, the Namibia DiamondTrading Company (NDTC) was formed as a50:50 sorting, valuing and marketing jointventure agreement between the Namibiangovernment and De Beers. The key focus ofNDTC is to develop a sustainable nationaldownstream diamond industry in Namibia.In 2011, NDTC made available someUS$250-million of Namdeb’s production,representing approximately five percent ofNamibia’s gross domestic product (GDP).Namdeb is the land-based diamond miningcompany, jointly owned by De Beers and thegovernment.Since its formation, the NDTC hasseen the sorting, valuing and selling ofNamibia’s rough diamonds – as well asthe development of opportunities forvalue creation and marketing initiativesappropriate for Namdeb’s diamondproduction.For the 2012-2015 supply contract period,some 13 companies with operationsin Namibia have qualified as NDTCsightholders.The Chamber of Mines has stated that thereis investment potential to refine copperto 99.99 percent London Metal Exchangegrade, as well as in manufacture of copperManufacturing contributes about 14.4 percent to Namibia’s GDP. Manufacturingemploys about 21,000 people, or six percent of Namibia’s total workforce. In Namibia,manufacturing is mainly in meat processing, fish processing, beverages and mineralprocessing.176 | Best of Namibia
    • products such as copper wire and tubes.Another area is the cutting and polishing ofdimensional and semi precious stones.Other areas of potential are salt refiningand packing, as well as use in the chemicalindustry and the development andproduction of local minerals and materials tobe used in the construction industry, such ascement tiles, bricks and panels.Opportunities in fishing and marineresourcesThe fishing and marine resources industryhas always been a very importantcomponent of the Namibian economy.Some value-addition is already done inthe fishing industry, such as the canningof pilchards and certain other species,the production of hake cutlets etc. TheNamibian Manufacturing Associationindicated that the mariculture industryis growing fast and developing the localproduction of many new species. Theseinclude oysters, abalone and mussels. Forthese species there is a demand for fresh,but also processed products. According tothe Association, in the fishing and marineresources sector some of the additionalvalue-addition possibilities include additionalprocessing of hake, especially by thosecompanies that do not yet process their rawmaterial. Another value-adding possibility isthe processing of smaller catches such askingklip, monkfish, and tuna to clientspecifications.There is also the potential of processing ofproducts from the mariculture industry andthe processing of seaweed and other marineresources. Processing of by-products suchas fishmeal and fish oil is another area ofpotential. The production of inputs to beused in the fishing industry, such as rope,nets, hooks, cooling material is another areawith potential.Areas of value-adding in agricultureAgriculture in Namibia contributesaround five percent of the national GrossDomestic Product. Data from the Ministryof Agriculture Water and Forestry and theNamibian Manufacturers Association showthat fertiliser production, water infrastructureand technology are areas in need ofinvestments.The other areas: feed for the cattle industry;fish and pet feed production; a new gamemeat processing plant; meat processingplant for northern Namibia; value-additionto meat and other processed meats;processing of locally produced vegetables;processing of medicinal plants; processingof skins and hides into leather products;briquette plant in the town of Okahandja;extension to biltong and game processingplant in Okahandja; development ofa legume production and processingindustry; development of the Caprivisugar and energy project in the north eastof the country; edible oil and margarineproduction from sunflower; productionand improvement of quality of local woodcarvings and furniture; production of spirits,wine and juice from local raw materials;production and processing of dates; andthe setting of quality standards for products,packaging and labelling and introducinglocal certification.www.mti.gov.za Best of Namibia | 177
    • Pereira Group NamibiaIn operation since the turn of the centuryand strategically located in Ben AmathilaAvenue, Walvis Bay, Pereira Group Namibiais a group of companies making waves in theNamibian hake fishing industry. The groupconsists of four companies, namely, PereiraFishing, Hatutungu Fishing, Blue Sea Fishing,and Pereira Seafood. The companies havebeen specially created to ensure optimalinvolvement by Namibians in every step ofthe fisheries production process.Each of the companies adds value to thegroup. Pereira Fishing owns a 32,000 m²property which houses a modern hakefreezer processing plant, a commercial coldstorage which includes a bonded store, officeadministration blocks, storage warehouse,and two jetties. Hatutungu Fishing is a long-term right-holder of hake.Blue Sea Fishing owns a fleet of three fishingvessels, namely, a long-liner the mfv “OceanicBridge”, and two freezer trawlers, the mfv“Blue Sea 1” and the mfv “Green Sea”. Thesefreezer trawlers have the combined capacityto land 5,400 mt of final product per annum.178 | Best of Namibia
    • Pereira Seafood runs the day to dayoperations of the value addition processingplant, as well as the cold storage. Theprocessing plant has the capacity to process2,200 mt of product whilst the commercialcold store has the capacity to handle 4,500pallets of frozen products. The Pereira groupin Namibia is a partner in the wider PereiraGroup operating in all major fishing groundsin the world, and with offices in South Africa,China, Argentina, Spain, Senegal andFalkland Islands. This allows the group tosource the best possible wild caught frozenproducts.With a strong and dynamic managementteam, the group employs over 200 people,90% of whom are Namibians. The value-addition processing facility as well as thefreezer trawlers are EU listed for purposesof export compliance. Processing is donein strict compliance with HACCP principles.The products are mainly exported to the EU,South Africa and Australia. The following arethe main retail products:Description PackagingHoki Hake Portions (8kg) 10x800grBaby Hake (8kg) 10x800grHake Fillet Skin-on (7.2kg) 12x600grHake Fillet Skin-less (7.2kg) 12x600grKingklip Fill Skin-less (7.2kg) 12x600grSquid Rings (4.8kg) 8x600grTuna Steaks (7.2kg) 12x600grPeeled Prawns (7.2kg) 24x300grCrab Sticks (9.6kg) 40x240grHalf Shell Mussels (7.2kg) 12x600grMussel (Garlic-Butter) (10x450gr) 10x450grMussel (Garlic-Tomato)(10x450gr)10x450grSeafood Mix (7.2kg) 12x600grClean Pat Calamari (20x500gr) 20X500grContact:Sacky P. Kadhila AmoomoGeneral ManagerP. O. Box 3715Walvis BayTel: +264 64 216 500Fax: +264 64 216 501email: sacky@grupopereira.comwww.pereira.com.na Best of Namibia | 179
    • Namibia Breweries LimitedHistoryAt the end of the 19th century, valuablecommodities such as beer were importedfrom Europe. The beer brewed in the colderEuropean climate was considered unsuitablefor the hot climate in Namibia. This led to theestablishment of four local breweries in 1904namely: Kronen Brauerei (Swakopmund),Omaruru Brewery, Klein Windhoek Brewery,and Felsenkeller Brewery (Windhoek).In 1920 the four breweries were acquired byMessrs. Carl List and Hermann Ohlthaverconsolidated them into one to form “TheSouth West Breweries”.In 1967 the Hansa Brauerei in Swakopmundjoined forces with The South WestBreweries, making the South WestBreweries the only remaining independentcommercial brewery in Southern Africa.With the Independence of Namibia in 1990,The South West Breweries changed itsname to Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL),as it is known today.The company’s beer brands are brewedby choice in accordance with theReinheitsgebot of 1516. The Reinheitsgebotis the German purity law which prescribesthe exclusive use of malted barley, hopsand water. NBL’s leading beer brands areWindhoek Lager, Tafel Lager, WindhoekDraught, and Windhoek Light – all winnersof prestigious international brewing awards.NBL also produces other products suchas its premium non-alcohol malt basedsoft drink called Vigo. Windhoek Lager, theleading NBL brand, is a premium naturalbeer brewed according to Reinheitsgebot,and is fondly referred to as the Pure Beerof Namibia – a reflection of the country’sunspoiled natural beauty, and a product thatthe world wants.In May 1996, NBL listed on the NamibianStock Exchange and became a publiccompany. In 2003, leading internationalcompanies Diageo and Heineken becameNBL’s main minority shareholders. TheOhlthaver and List Group, a major Namibiangroup of companies, is the main shareholderin NBL today.As part of the O&L group with the Purposeof Creating a Future, Enhancing Life,NBL prides itself in making a significantNamibia Breweries is a brewery in Namibia’s capital cityWindhoek, which produces and markets a full range ofalcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.180 | Best of Namibia
    • contribution towards the local economy.The business also boasts an impressivecorporate social responsibility programwhich supports its ambitious sustainabilitytargets.One such initiative is the barley feasibilitystudy which NBL initiated in 2011 toestablish whether a local malt barleyindustry could be established in Namibia,allowing NBL to procure this vital ingredientlocally and thereby further stimulateeconomic development in the country. Keyto the study are the trials which are beingconducted to determine the most suitablevarieties for the harsh climatic conditionsin Namibia, and suited to brewing NBL’sReinheitsgebot beers.When the brewery was relocated to thecurrent site in the Northern Industrial Areain Windhoek in 1982, it had the capacityto produce 500,000 hectolitres of beer peryear. However, various investments weremade over the years, and the brewery nowhas a capacity of approximately 2,7-millionhectolitres of beer per year. Throughout thisprocess of expanding the business, variousgreening initiatives were implemented, notonly enhancing efficiency and ultimately thesustainability of the business, but supportingthe businesse’s philosophy of reducing itscarbon footprint.To visit Namibia Breweries for a tour of thebrewery, contact nadia.vanrooi@olfitra.com.na or call +264 (61) 320 4999.Namibia Breweries LtdIscor StreetNorthern IndustrialWindhoek, NamibiaPostal Address:P.O. Box 206, Windhoek, NamibiaTel: +264 (61) 320 4999Fax: +264 (61) 26 3327www.nambrew.com Best of Namibia | 181
    • EntrepreneurshipCHAPTER 11182 | Best of Namibia
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    • Paragon Investment HoldingsHidden in Windhoek, the City wherethe springs were discovered, lies anorganisation with founders that had the willto succeed. Not only for themselves butalso in memory of those that paved the waytowards the freedom which exhilarates us asa country today.It is with this determination that they havebeen thriving for the past 10 years. A dreamto be all this free country allows them to beand to continue a journey towards economicemancipation – not only for themselves butalso for the greater good of a nation. Today,due to this dream and determination standsa majestic building that houses ParagonInvestment Holdings.An organisation that employs 108 Namibians(and counting), helping them put futurebreadwinners through school and help thiscountry grow for this generation and thegeneration to come through employment. Itis continuing a cycle of growth whilst beingan example to those looking on with thesame drive to succeed.The founders, Desmond Amunyela andLazarus Jacobs, were not born with “silverspoons” but their belief that they couldbe greater than what their circumstancesdictated helped them persevere.The empire started in 2003 as a businessthat follows a vision of creating value andbuilding strength from business assetdiversification. That diversification is evidentin the smart investment choices they havemade in Hospitality, Properties, Resources,Media, Retail and Fisheries.Namibians are known to be friendly, andhospitable as the land they live in; it is nosurprise that Paragon Hospitality currentlymanages Premium Bistro, at Hosea KutakoInternational Airport and has done so for thepast six years; bidding travellers farewelland helping them unwind before embarkingon a long journey.They are no strangers to the hospitalityindustry as they have previous experiencethrough managing Brazilian Café, the firstfranchise they acquired. This boost is areflection of Paragon’s niche for businessdevelopment and exceptional management.With an understanding of how the psyche oftravellers works, Paragon Retail strategicallyacquired a long-term contract to operateThe spirit of entrepreneurship.184 | Best of Namibia
    • Desmond AmunyelaExecutive Director Business DevelopmentDesmond co-founded Paragon Investment Holdings and has morethan 10 years experience in the management of media, advertisingand retail. He currently serves on the board of Paragon InvestmentHoldings, Cherish Investments (BEE partner of Alexander ForbesNamibia), Tidal Diamonds Namibia (Wholly owned by NamakwaDiamonds Limited (NDL) a London Listed Company), TBWA/Paragon,and Windhoek Observer.Lazarus JacobsExecutive Director MarketingLazarus Jacobs is the co-founder of Paragon Investment Holdings.A well-known Namibian media personality, published writer andsought after public speaker, Lazarus has more than 10 years inmanagement as well as vast experience in marketing, advertising,radio and television production. He currently serves as Director onthe following Boards: Paragon Investment Holdings, TBWAParagon,Windhoek Observer, National Theater of Namibia (Chairperson)and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia ((CRAN)Chairperson). Best of Namibia | 185
    • the Kutako Duty-Free shop situated in thedeparture lounge at the Hosea KutakoInternational Airport. This duty-free shopsells a variety of goods, with specialemphasis placed on locally made arts andcrafts and 400 of the most sought afterinternational products.Catering to those that are departing; why notcater to those arriving? 38 Degrees South, aduty paid Gifts and novelties store, situatedin the arrivals hall at the Hosea KutakoInternational Airport was set up to do justthat. It caters for the entire airport’s captivemarket of about 400,000 people annually.Learning from international asset mogulsof this world, they discovered a long timeago that the best investment you can makeis acquiring assets. They appreciate valueyearly; Paragon Properties has done justthat. The property portfolio is currentlyworking on Paragon Plaza, a 200-millionmixed development construction that isenvisaged to commence in 2014. Thedivision is a proud owner and shareholderin properties including Paragon InvestmentHoldings’ Corporate Head office:• 50% stake in Dunes Private Estate inSwakopmund,• 18% in Eros Valley Golf Estate,• 40% in Extension 12 Okahandja,• Oracles Olympia,• the Observer House.The word Paragon has so manydefinitions but one thing that remains aconstant is perfection and excellence.Paragon Resources looks only for the bestthat Mother Nature has to offer. Namibia isknown to hold natural resources that areimportant in economic development suchas Uranium, Petroleum as well as Oil andGas. The dream of Paragon InvestmentHoldings’ founders has always been to pavethe way towards economic independencefor Namibia and with that drive; ParagonResources is currently involved with theexploration of Uranium, Petroleum, Oil andGas. They are making inroads in solar andother renewable energy. After all, the next“gold rush” is renewable energy.Above everything else, they decided toventure into Fisheries, as it is a majorcontributor to the country’s GDP;employment creation and export earnings.The world truly is their oyster! This strategicmove fits well into Paragon’s mission ofbuilding a brand that aims to be a major roleplayer in the national economy.As such, the Media division ensures thatParagon Investment Holdings’ subdivisionsown a greater share of the market in which186 | Best of Namibia
    • they trade – making them leaders of thetrade that other organisations want toemulate and allows them to challenge thestatus quo.Like all things iconic, it all begins withan idea and those ideas are created bythe advertising and marketing agenciesnamely TBWA/Paragon and Red/Orangewhilst setting the nations agenda throughthe Windhoek Observer, Namibia’s onlybroadsheet weekly newspaper. Thisis a perfect example of a “paragon ofinvestment”– an advertising agency, weeklynewspaper and a promotional marketingagency…this is one house of power.One can only imagine what this futuristicorganisation will do next. This is oneorganisation that will outlive its foundersto leave a legacy that will inspire others tofollow the same spirit.Impossible is merely a word that doesnot exist in this umbrella organisation’svocabulary. It has gone where no oneelse has ventured, to conquer the endlesspossibilities that exist.It has paved the way; shown what beingan entrepreneur means, and allowed thespirit of perseverance to prevail at all times.Here’s to economic independence! Long liveParagon!For more information visitwww.paragonnamibia.com Best of Namibia | 187
    • Fast-tracking expansion into AfricaMany companies have considered expanding into Africa over the years, but few haveactually taken the plunge because the challenges include different political systems,many languages, cultural boundaries and a lack of developed infrastructure.But now there’s an easier way, thanks tothe formal alliance between African Traderand Quantum Business Development.Dubbed Quantum Business Africa, thedevelopment knowledge of Quantum Businessby African Trader, while monitoring the manysuccesses and failures of both indigenous andmultinational businesses on the continent andestablishing its own presence in these markets.According to Dean Thomson, publisher ofAfrican Trader, the old adage that “Africa is notfor sissies” rings very true when transactingbusiness on the continent. But, he says,the potential gains are not to be sneezedat – particularly while the developed worldcrisis.Land of opportunityfastest growing economies in the worldare in Africa and the sub-Saharan regionan average of 5.5% this year. When youconsider the anaemic economic growthrates available in other parts of the world, it’sHowever, Thomson isn’t advocatingthe so-called dark continent.Far from it, he argues that a careful andconsidered approach is warranted, whichis where Quantum Business Developmentand its founder, Dudley Peacock, comes in.He provides the necessary business andand marketing knowledge necessary tomake a success of virtually any business inAfrica.“Quantum Business Africa combinesbest practice with my three decades ofcontinent. And it puts that all at the disposalinto Africa so as to take advantage of thephenomenal economic returns that areavailable in various African markets,” saysThomson.Quantum Business Africa takesadvantage of these unique skills and offersa tiered consultancy approach, advisingstrategies at board level, developing amethodology to implement the growth188 | Best of Namibia
    • Best of Nigeria 3phase and providing the tools and insightsneeded to successfully carry out Africancommunication strategy to reach the widestpossible audience, market research andin Africa.Seeking new marketsQuantum Business Africa co-founderDudley Peacock, suggests that businessdeveloped markets and that conditionsare still challenging in the aftermath of the“As a result, many companies want tofrontier and largely untapped, offering greatopportunities to access a new and growingconsumer base, an increasing need forinfrastructure as well as being rich in mineralresources,” he says.get off the ground successfully on thiscontinent,” says Thomson.“Companies can run into a variety ofchallenges, including different politicalsystems, many languages, culturalboundaries and a lack of developedinfrastructure.”Business Africa has been establishedprimarily “to aid companies in overcomingthese obstacles” and is “uniquely positionedin Africa”.Tailored offeringQuantum Business Africa offers a businessdevelopment, sales and marketing strategicsales, develop their business and create ancommunication solutions and a platform forcommunication strategy to reach thewidest possible audience, market researchAfrica works. The company has establisheda three-tier offering:Advisorybeen developed based on a review of thebusiness and market intelligence.About Dean ThomsonDean Thomson is the publisher of AfricanTrader. He has been in the publishing industryfor some three decades and has gainedextensive knowledge of the entire valuechain, including post-production, advertising,layout and design. This experience has alsogarnered him an important network of businessconnections as well as subject specialists.Thomson’s vision for Quantum BusinessAfrica is to help his clients take advantage ofthe phenomenal economic returns that areavailable in African markets.About Dudley PeacockDudley Peacock has been involved in hisown business interests and consulting rolessince 1992. He has a BSc Honours Degreein Business Studies and a National Diplomain Mechanical Engineering. He follows acontinuous professional programme (CPD)and has studied more than 70 topics, includingand sales and marketing. He has been involvedmanagement, business expansion and training.Dean Thomson+27 83 649 6466+27 11 886 8606dean@quantumbusinessafrica.comDudley Peacock+27 82 780 4088+27 10 215 0119dudley@quantumbusinessafrica.comFor more information visitwww.quantumbusinessafrica.comFull consulting: Quantum BusinessAfrica is directly involved in its client’ssales procedures, accounting, brochuresand training. This is a more hands-oninvolvement than advisory.Communications package: A 12-monthadvertising contract with African Trader at aspecial consultancy rate which is combinedwith a brochure, press release and acts as Best of Namibia | 189
    • Jay-Jay’s Body Repairs CCFounder Moses Leonard is a multi-skilledprofessional with over ten year’s practicaland theoretical experience in the AutomotiveStructural Repair industry, as well as aDiploma in Panelbeating & Spray-painting.He started Jay-Jay’s Body Repairs as a one-man operation in 2000 and today employsten full-time staff members. The businesswas started and grown without any financialassistance.The business was formalised in 2003 andbecame an accredited NPA member withan ASR (Advanced Structural Repairer)Certification in 2004. Jay-Jay’s Body Repairsthen expanded its operations to InsuranceAccredited Repairs, Colour-coding, allAdvanced Panelbeating, and Auto BodyCollision repair & Spray-painting.They also provide customised repairservices and auto detailing as clients mightrequire. Their new well-equipped workshopis fully certified as an Automotive Body Workoutlet. Jay-Jay’s makes use of the latesttechnology in the industry to guaranteeperfect and consistent workmanshipwarranting customer satisfaction.The new cutting-edge automotive repair andspray-painting equipment and machineryincludes a technologically advanced eco-friendly spray booth, a chassis repairer,mic welder, and a bigger compressor.Jay-Jay’s modern high-tech spray-boothensures a dust free and controlled paintworkfinishing. Their use of world renownedcar paints ensures that every colour theyspray is a 100% match. The loyal teamare consistently trained to upgrade theirqualifications and skills.Speciality Services• Auto Body Repair: Staffed with a qualified, experienced andmotivated team, Jay-Jay’s provides highquality repairs to Auto Body accidentdamage. From front or rear-end collisions,to parking lot bumps and scraps, theyprofessionally repair damage and restoreyour vehicle to showroom condition.• Spray-painting and Colour-Coding: Jay-Jay’s takes great pride in theirspray-painting, ensuring a paint finishas durable and beautiful as expectedfrom the manufacturer. To ensure this,they exclusively use premium qualityAutomotive Standox Paint. Jay-Jay’sensures an accurate match on allinternational paint colour formulations ofvehicle manufacturers.• Bumper Repairs: Jay-Jay’s repairs all types of bumperswhich are constructed of plastic, rubber,or fibreglass. Many clients cannot believethat even severely damaged bumperscan be repaired and restored to a “goodYour Insurance Accredited Panel Beaterfor Precision Workmanship.190 | Best of Namibia
    • as new” condition both functionally andaesthetically. They also have an extensiverange of reconditioned bumpers. Theseinclude most popular vehicle makes andmodels.• Polishing and Detailing: A vital part of the successful finishing ofa spray-painting job is that of surfacepolishing, this removes any dust knibbsor minor surface imperfections. In order toachieve the finest quality in this area, Jay-Jay’s makes exclusive use of the latestPolishing and Detailing products andSystems from world leader 3M. They usehand blaze as finishing polish with theirmain polisher having completed training inthis field.Insurance and QuotationsJay-Jay’s reputation in the industry hasensured good working relations with allmajor insurance Companies. They assistin efficient repairs authorisation along withfree computerised quotations – at affordableprices.Quality AssuranceAll their repair work, including paint, carriesa 12-month warranty (conditions apply) aswell as offering a follow-up service to ensurecustomer satisfaction.The pride of Jay-Jay’s is the quality oftheir service as well as the quality of theequipment used in repairing and taking careof vehicles in a safe environment.RecognitionIn recognition for outstanding service andperformance, the business was awardedtwo awards: Best 2006 Service Providerin the annual Sam Nujoma InnovativeEntrepreneurship Awards (SNIEA) andOutstanding Business Performance for 2007in the annual Mutual Enterprise Awards.Jay-Jay’s have also been awarded SNIEDABusiness Leader of the year award 2010 andEnterprise of the year award 2010.Jay-Jay’s services clients across thespectrum from New and Used VehicleDealerships to Panel Shops, Private VehicleOwners and Company, Parastatal, andGovernment Fleets. Notable clients haveincluded City of Windhoek, GovernmentGarage, Glenrand MIB, Santam Insurance,First Link Ins. Co., Hollard Insurance Co.,May-16 Investments, and Mutual & Federal.As a steadily growing BEE enterprise, Jay-Jay’s Body Repairs is striving for successand excellence. The sky is the limit for Jay-Jay’s Body Repairs.Mr Moses “Jay-Jay” LeonardJay-Jay’s Body Repairs14 Nguni Str. Northern Industrial AreaP O Box 8371, Bachbrecht, WindhoekTel: +264 61 249 088Fax: +264 61 211 687Mobile: +264 81 252 8848Email: jayjays@iway.na Best of Namibia | 191
    • ParticipatorsadforceDDB 108African Trader 116Air Namibia 88AREVA 160Atlas Financial Group 138Design Advertising 110Development Bank of Namibia 126Diplomat Magazine 114Electricity Control Board 140Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters 92Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) 134How we made it in Africa 118HRT Africa 154Jay-Jay’s Body Repairs 190Maersk Namibia (Pty) Ltd 168Ministry of Trade and Industry 3, 68, 82Namibia Breweries Limited 180Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) 70, 146, 176, OBCNamibia Power Corporation (NamPower) 148Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) 100Namibia Tourism Board 84Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) 104Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) 164Old Mutual Investment Group Namibia 78, 128Optimedia 112Paragon Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd 182Pereira Group Namibia 178Polytechnic of Namibia 102Proudly African 79, 192Quantum Business Africa 188Standard Bank Namibia 120Swakop Uranium 162Telecom Namibia 174The Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino 94The Namibia Airports Company (Pty) Ltd (NAC) 74, 86The Namibian Standards Institution (Nsi) 72University of Namibia (UNAM) 98Walvis Bay Corridor Group 170192 | Best of Namibia
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