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New Era Newspaper - 12/06/2017 - Vol22 No212

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10 Iniside BUSINESS Monday, June 12 2017 | NEW ERA Housing workshop aims to address material cost of building Photo: Edgar Brandt Pioneer… Heinrich Schroeder (left) and Dr Jeffrey Mahachi will host a housing workshop in August to address the high cost of building material and will discuss innovative building technologies. Edgar Brandt Windhoek The founder and owner of Kavango Block Bricks, Heinrich Schroeder, says he is ironing out the final arrangements for a workshop to address the housing shortage in the country. Schroeder is organising the workshop, which is scheduled to take place in Windhoek in August this year, in conjunction with Dr Jeffrey Mahachi, a renowned housing engineer based in South Africa. The workshop aims to examine the delivery of innovative socially accepted homes throughout the 14 regions of the country with a focus on reducing the cost of mobile manufacturing plants to produce the materials required for the construction of homes. A second workshop is also in the pipeline for northern Namibia later in the year. The main objective of the workshop is to attract SMEs and manufacturers throughout the 14 regions to address how to reduce the costs associated with logistics and distribution of building material. The deliverables expected from this key objective are to make the country an industrialised nation and for the same reason the agenda will include cost efficiency, increased quality and speed of site assembly. According to Schroeder, the workshop will also examine conventional construction methods versus rational design construction in order to increase the speed of the building process and reduce the overall housing cost. “This workshop will investigate the collaboration and encourage the sharing of information between all stakeholders and will promote Namibia as an industrialised building community nation, which applies knowledge based on practices and methods from advances pioneered by our counterparts,” said Schroeder. “As an initial step towards information sharing within industrialised building communities, it is critical to include all rational building designs which make use of wood, steel, masonry and other types of building materials in their design. Therefore this workshop should raise key topics to get key speakers to address these issues. Designers of all types of new technologies and building systems are also encouraged to attend the workshop,” said Dr Mahachi. Schroeder emphasized that the objective of holding a mini housing conference in Windhoek is to raise awareness, specifically among professionals and housing delivery stakeholders, on the availability of innovative building technologies. “Awareness needs to be created regarding the availability of advanced building technologies, which includes modular designs and systems that can be assembled much quicker than conventional building technologies. Many of these technologies are capable of being manufactured using local Namibian resources. For many conventional building methods the time has expired. In addition the conference aims to empower delegates towards correct building standards and the use of modern building practices. We need to encourage and promote the sharing of information and learn from acknowledged rational design pioneers from the construction sector,” Schroeder concluded. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST The National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST), a State-Owned Enterprise established in terms of the Research, Science and Technology Act, 2004 (Act no. 23 of 2004) with a primary role of promotion, coordination and development of research, science, technology and innovation SUPPLY OF GOODS AND SERVICES (EOI 1/2017) The National Commission of Research Science and Technology invites suppliers /contractors to express interest in being enlisted as preferred suppliers of the Commission in Windhoek. Preferential treatment will be given to persons as contemplated in section 2(b)(iv) of the Public Procurement Act, 2015 (Act No. 15 of 2015). Interested suppliers and service providers are requested to provide the required mandatory documents as well as to complete and submit the supplier assessment form available at The documents outlined below are mandatory for supplier to be eligible to participate: • A company profile • A valid Company Registration Certificate • An original valid Good Standing Tax Certificate • An original valid Good Standing Social Security Certificate • A valid Affirmative Action Compliance Certificate • A written undertaking as contemplated in section 138(2) of the Labour Act, 2007 • A certificate indicating SME Statues (for Bids reserved for SMEs) The NCRST has the right to: • Ask for clarification at the time of evaluation of company profiles and mandatory documents • Reject all submission if the above mentioned is not adhered to • Conduct site inspections at the supplier’s premises (a correct physical address and contact details must be provided) Contact person(s): Mr. Simon Nghipangwa Tel: +264 61 431 7000 Email: Telecom Namibia cable theft hits Pionierspark Staff Reporter Windhoek Cable thieves caused disruptions to telecommunication services in Windhoek’s Pionierspark Extension 1 recently. A Telecom Namibia copper cable was damaged when thieves attempted to cut and steal a 1600 pair cable in a manhole, by using Closing Date: - 16 June 2017 Position: - National Data Analyst Location: Windhoek, Namibia a sharp object. The incident happened in Bernt Carlson Street, between Hendrik Witbooi Drive and Erasmus Street. Customers affected were those in the following streets: Erasmus, Duncan, Dixon, Palmer, Kreft, Ebner, Davin, Carew, Fabri, Du Toit, Pfohl, Rath, Schepman, Heyn, Stoss, Range, Kindt, Gramovski, Pabst and Geiger. About two weeks ago Telecom restored the communication services in the Hochlandrand suburb of Windhoek after copper cables were stolen on May 20. The thieves dug a manhole and got hold of a 600 pair copper cable. Nearly 500 customers were affected. A Telecom Namibia special team worked diligently to connect the affected area, restoring landline and internet services. VACANCIES United Nations Development Programme, Namibia Interested Candidates in this position should visit the UNDP website: - search for the listed job for CO Namibia, Windhoek and view current jobs and upload CV’s and recommendation letters of application.

Monday, June 12 2017 | NEW ERA Inside BUSINESS 11 MTC introduces mobile home on wheels Staff Reporter Ongwediva Top… Maija-Liisa Prinszonsky, corporate affairs manager of SABMiller (right) receiving the Gold Award from Arrie Hougaard of NMH Holdings (middle). Castle Lite stand wins Gold Award at tourism expo Staff Reporter Windhoek Caste Lite’s stand at the Windhoek Tourism Expo 2017 was the recipient of the Gold Award for an outstanding exhibition booth. Namibia Media Holdings together with the public voted in favour of the visually stunning stand, with Arrie Hougaard, who is the general manager of NMH, handing over the award. The expo was also the perfect time to kick off the #Breakthehabit campaign by SABMiller. A campaign focused on curbing drunk driving in Windhoek and the rest of Namibia. Raising awareness and facilitating the idea of not drinking and driving is a cause that Castle Lite’s parent company SABMiller feels very strongly about and is committed to promote. Together with partners the #Breakthehabit campaign will be rolled out throughout Namibia in the coming months. The Castle Lite stand was created around the concept of the Caste Lite Unlocks Series promotion, where through purchasing a Castle Lite product consumers stand the chance to win tickets to the highly anticipated concert of Travis Scott and Bryson Tiller in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 15, as well as cash and airtime. Together with Ogilvy Namibia it all came together in a matter of weeks and the stand personified the Castle Lite brand. When asked, Maija Liisa Prinszonsky, corporate affairs manager at SABMiller said: “It’s great to see a concept come to life at an important event like the Windhoek Tourism Expo and to be able to launch the #Breakthehabit drink driving campaign together with our partner Dial-A-Cab. Winning the Gold Award is just the icing on the cake.” The mobile telecommunication company MTC has introduced a ‘mobile home’ in the form of a car to take services to people in towns that have no MTC retail shops. According to the company’s chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Tim Ekandjo, the mobile home on wheels is part of MTC’s customer engagement strategy, effective between July and September 2017. The mobile home on wheels (MHOW), which is MTC’s latest intervention is meant to address the services gap between rural and urban areas, and is deliberately aimed to service outlying areas where MTC retail shop services are unavailable due to geographical limitations. Each town will be visited at least once a week and the targeted towns include Nkurenkuru, at Woermann Brock Shopping Centre, Eenhana, at Social Security Centre, Ruacana, at Oshivo Complex and Opuwo, at NDC Complex “Having been pioneered during regional shows and similar events, it was a common sight the past year during the successful Osmartphona road show – the only difference this time around is Money Market Change Latest 3 months 0.00% 7.33% 6 months 0.00% 7.86% 9 months 0.01% 7.98% 12 months 0.03% 8.18% Bonds Change Latest GC17 (R203 : 7.4%) -0.02% 8.07% GC18 (R204 : 7.34%) 0.00% 8.25% GC21 (R208 : 7.5%) -0.01% 8.32% GC24 (R186 : 8.48%) -0.01% 9.70% GC27 (R186 : 8.48%) -0.01% 10.09% GC30 (R2030 : 9%) -0.02% 10.67% GC32 (R213 : 9.07%) -0.02% 10.78% GC35 (R209 : 9.38%) -0.03% 10.81% MARKET OVERVIEW Commodities %Change Latest Gold -0.36% $ 1,273.45 Platinum 1.50% $ 951.93 Copper 0.00% $ 5,729.50 Brent Crude -0.23% $ 46.98 Main Indices %Change Latest NSX (Delayed) -0.36% 1013.39 JSE All Share 0.28% 52,103.02 SP500 0.03% 2,433.79 FTSE 100 0.62% 7,496.29 Hangseng -0.13% 26,030.29 DAX 0.42% 12,766.44 JSE Sectors %Change Latest Financials 0.03% 14,403.42 Resources -0.09% 30,595.09 Industrials 0.25% 71,253.31 Forex %Change Latest N$/US dollar -0.40% 12.8659 N$/Pound -2.02% 16.3978 N$/Euro -0.73% 14.3806 US dollar/ Euro -0.32% 1.1178 Namibia Monthly Data Latest Previous Namibia Inflation (Apr 17) 6.7 7.1 Bank Prime 10.75 10.75 BoN Repo Rate 7.00 7.00 Innovative… MTC’s new mobile home on wheels that it is bringing MTC products and services closer to customers. A lot of rural towns in Namibia have no access to MTC commercial services, forcing MTC customers to travel up to 100km (sometimes more) for a SIM replacement or other services,” said Ekandjo. Ekandjo thanked MTC’s competitor for a free advertising campaign. The campaign according to him pleads with MTC customers to change their number from 081 to 08x. 130 125 120 115 110 105 100 12/31/2013 The investment performance of N0 in the STEFi Index from 31 December 2013 to yesterday 3/31/2014 6/30/2014 9/30/2014 12/31/2014 3/31/2015 “We would like to thank the folks at their marketing department for giving us free publicity, but we unfortunately do not need that because we have over the years invested very well in marketing ourselves and turned MTC and the 081 number into a powerful sentimental brand. “We therefore advise that they remain ethical in their advertising and that they focus on themselves instead of pleading with customers to join their network,” said Ekandjo. 6/30/2015 9/30/2015 12/31/2015 3/31/2016 6/30/2016 Photo: Contributed 9/30/2016 12/31/2016 3/31/2017 9-Jun-17

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