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New Era Newspaper - 19/06/2017 - Vol22 No217

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10 Inside BUSINESS Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA New vessel… At sea… At a cost of Mafuta is N,6 billion the largest the SS Nujoma mining vessel is a huge in Debmarine investment, Namibia’s but one which fleet of is necessary mining for Namdeb vessels whose Holdings to production keep extracting can be as diamonds from much as 30 the bottom of percent of the Atlantic the annual Ocean for total marine the next few diamonds decades. produced. Mining the ocean for diamond reserves Desie Heita Windhoek It has been a long journey since the country’s diamond mining activities moved from land into the Atlantic Ocean. Not only has marine Expression of Interest (EOI004/2017) TENDER NUMBER: EOI004/2017 PROVISION OF CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE BPI PROJECT The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) was established to provide retirement benefi ts to employees in the services of the Namibian Government and other participating institutions. The Fund’s membership includes active members and a variety of annuitants. Sound and positive service to members is a critical component of the Fund’s mandate and as such, we wish to undertake an initiative that will improve the effectiveness and effi ciency of processes across the entire service supply chain of the Fund. In this regard, a Business Process Improvement Project (BPI) is mooted. This is a business turn-around initiative to bring about effi ciency, manage risk and ensure the optimal utilisation of resources while increasing the pace of service delivery. Through this, we intend to implement the Fund’s business strategy of enhancing service delivery. In this context, GIPF invites reputable and experienced companies or individuals to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the provision of consultancy services required during the initial stage of the BPI Project. SCOPE OF WORK • The design, formulation and documentation of the BPI conceptual blueprint • Drafting of the scope and technical specifi cations of the Project • Develop project plan and guide the Internal Project Team • Assessment and documentation of existing workfl ows • Provide quality assurance during the design and mapping of new process fl ows • To act as an advisor to the Internal Project Team on all matters related to the BPI Project. PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE: • Company background/individual profi le • Track record in BPI-related projects • A costing model • Certifi cates of Good Standing for VAT and SSC • Certifi cations in project management, quality assurance and information systems will be added advantage. The tender form that should be completed by all interested tenderers is obtainable at the Finance Department, Third Floor, corner of Dr Kenneth David Kauda & Goethe Street, Windhoek. For additional information please contact: Elton Job Procurement Officer Tel: 061-205 1210 Email: ejob@gipf.com.na Sealed bids quoting the tender number and indicating the service to be rendered should besubmitted to: Procurement Office 3rd Floor P.O. Box 23500 GIPF House Windhoek Corner of Dr. Kenneth David Namibia Kaunda & Goethe Street Windhoek Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Submission deadline: Friday, 23 June 2017 at 12h00 p.m. No documents will be considered after the closing date. GIPF is a fund that provides pension benefits for civil servants and employees of member institutions. diamond production overtaken the diamond yields from land by a mile, but Namibians too have become experts in the field of marine diamond mining. It is nearly 15 years since De Beers kicked off marine diamond mining Tel: 061-205 1111 Fax: 061-205 1232 Visit www.gipf.com.na in earnest, transferring its operations from Cape Town, South Africa to Namibia, and today, Namibians account for nearly 80 percent of the personnel aboard the various mining vessels in the Atlantic. They are the shipmasters, engineers, production supervisors, electricians, environmental scientists and chefs, who spend nearly a month at a time out at sea. It is these men, and women, who see to it that diamond mining and production aboard these vessels run 24-hours seven days a week for 365 days of the year. Namdeb Holdings, a 50/50 percent joint venture between the Namibian government and global diamond producer De Beers, has two diamond mining operations in southern Namibia, Namdeb for land mining operation and Debmarine Namibia for the sea operation. Of all the 1,6 million carats Namibian diamonds mined in the last year alone, a bulk of that was sucked from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by a group of five mining vessels. Landbased diamond mining operations are just not yielding enough carats any longer. This was the reason Debmarine Namibia went out to spend billions of dollars on a new diamond exploration and sampling vessel, the SS Nujoma, which was commissioned in Walvis Bay this week. At a cost of N,6 billion the SS Nujoma is a huge investment, but one which is necessary for Namdeb Holdings. The vessel is named after the founding president Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma. Consider the fact that Debmarine Namibia has only so far mined about 1,500 square kilometres of its 6,000 square kilometre concessions in the ocean. Jan Nel, the operations manager at Debmarine Namibia, reckons they have another 50 years to continue mining diamonds from the bottom of the ocean. So, they need the SS Nujoma to get ahead of things. The SS Nujoma is equipped with a subsea sampling system and treatment plant developed by De Beers Marine South Africa. The vessel will also be fitted with a large drilling system capable of collecting 48 seabed samples a day. The process plant aboard the ship will employ screening, scrubbing and other methods to upgrade the product. Resource mapping will be performed using side scan sonar, chirp sub bottom and airgun profilers, multibeam echo sounders, and autonomous underwater vehicles. The vessel will support mining operations on the ocean floor at water depths between 90 metres and 150 metres. In simple words, the SS Nujoma is the most advanced ship Debmarines Namibia has ever commissioned. Equally significant, Nel says, is the fact that the ship was specifically ordered by Debmarine Namibia, unlike other vessels that were converted for the purpose of marine diamond mining. In the grade scheme of things, SS Nujoma would assist vessels, such as Mafuta, to continue mining, knowing full well where there are areas with good deposits. Mafuta is the largest mining vessel in Debmarine Namibia’s fleet of mining vessels and contributes between 30 and 40 percent of the annual total marine diamond production. Unlike its sister ships, Debmar Atlantic, Debmar Pacific, Gariep, and Grand Banks, the Mafuta vessel makes use of a crawler, which is really a huge tractor – imagine a steel machine the size of a double-storey three-bedroom house - that vacuums up diamond-rich sediments from the bottom of the ocean. It is operated remotely by a team of pilots aboard Mafuta, who use joysticks and several screens to see where the crawler is going and keep the crawler working for 24 hours. The teams operate in shifts, and every hour one pilot takes over, allowing the other to co-pilot and rest their eyes from the intense concentration required to keep the machine going. The sediments are transported up on the Mafuta deck where a web of machines, drums and pipes rotate, hum and vibrate noisily as they crash and shift rocks and separate diamondbearing gravel from the dirt that is pumped back into the ocean. The diamond bearing gravel is pumped into the most secure part of the ship, where machines marked with radiation warnings sort, weigh and package the diamonds in tins that look like tins of jam. In fact, this part of the ship is so secure that not even the marine production supervisor can enter at will. There are set of procedures on when and how he can enter the area. Going in and getting out requires vetting and some complicated surveillance, as well as a body search, which - when exiting - requires one to literally brush off any possible dirt underneath their shoes. The diamonds from the Atlantic do not get a human touch at all. It is in this secluded part of the ship that the diamonds, now packed in tins, are sealed in a metal box and escorted by an army of people with clearance to the helipad, from where the helicopter takes them to the sorting and valuation division in Windhoek. As though a thank you to the ocean, environmental scientists aboard the Mafuta – aboard the Debmarines Namibia’s ships are always environmental scientists who keep an eye on the effects of mining on the marine ecosystem – would at various points have a peak at the eco system. Their job is to ensure that natural rehabilitation takes place, says Aletia Bock, who was the senior environmental scientist aboard Mafuta at the time. They do sampling to determine the recovery made at the mined areas. “Organisms do come back,” says Bock of the areas that have been mined.

Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA Inside BUSINESS 11 Kapana women choose money over beauty Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Women in Omuthiya have chosen money over beauty, because they see no point in being beautiful while suffering, hence they have emerged in the lucrative business of selling flamegrilled kapana meat, which is widely considered as a man’s work due to its very nature of working around fire and smoke. This can be attested to by the women of Omuthiya, who occupy all kapana braai stands at the famous Omatala open market, with not a single man in their midst. Men operating at the market prefer to rather sell clothing, and said they don’t want to be the face of the market, hence they prefer to be behind the scenes. In addition, they said they don’t want to burn themselves. They said unemployment led them to face the heat, the burns and smoke, hence they do not see any obstacle to prevent them selling kapana. However, the women said they couldn’t venture into any other business, such as tailoring, selling vegetables and traditional products, because many people were already offering such services. “We chose to sell kapana because it was the only business which was not dominated by many people, therefore competition is not too much. In addition, one does not make a loss, at least on a daily basis you will get a little something to buy bread. “Basically we are selling for bread and we only save on a minimal basis when business is booming like end of the month” stated Nangula Titus, who said in two weeks they sometimes make a profit of N0. She added that the only thing draining them is the high price of meat from their suppliers. “Let me say a full leg of [beef] can cost you between N,500 to N,000, depending on the size, in return you only make a profit of N0 from that. And it is not a guaranteed you will attain it in one day. This can take you a week, or even two weeks for that meat to be sold out completely. So, we are not really making that Photo: Obrein Simasiku Meat market… Veronika Johannes, Teopolina Hangalo and Laimi Sacaria sell onions and tomatoes at Omatala open market. The trio said they are grateful to be associated with kapana vendors, who often buy their products. much, although generally business is good,” added another kapana vendor, Ndilimeke Elao. “We have no choice. If we don’t sell then it means we are not getting any money for bread. If there were job opportunities definitely we wouldn’t be here. We would somewhere else” stressed Titus. Kapana vendors are of great benefit to other traders, like those selling tomatoes and onions. As they indicated, their best customers are the kapana vendors, who buy their products to make sauce. “If it was not for them we would be making a total loss, considering that a lot of people are trading onions and tomatoes all over town. Sometimes we buy seven boxes and end up only selling two while the rest get spoiled,” Laimi Sacaria explained. Money Market Change Latest 3 months 0.00% 7.32% 6 months 0.00% 7.84% 9 months 0.00% 7.98% 12 months 0.00% 8.13% Bonds Change Latest GC17 (R203 : 7.4%) 0.05% 8.07% GC18 (R204 : 7.4%) 0.07% 8.31% GC21 (R208 : 7.57%) 0.10% 8.39% GC24 (R186 : 8.47%) 0.09% 9.69% GC27 (R186 : 8.47%) 0.09% 10.08% GC30 (R2030 : 9.03%) 0.12% 10.70% GC32 (R213 : 9.12%) 0.13% 10.83% GC35 (R209 : 9.45%) 0.14% 10.88% MARKET OVERVIEW Commodities %Change Latest Gold 0.20% $ 1,256.52 Platinum 0.16% $ 925.88 Copper 0.00% $ 5,661.00 Brent Crude 1.46% $ 46.71 Main Indices %Change Latest NSX (Delayed) 0.00% 999.25 JSE All Share 0.00% 50,831.89 SP500 -0.22% 2,432.46 FTSE 100 0.51% 7,457.11 Hangseng 0.24% 25,626.49 DAX 0.25% 12,723.66 JSE Sectors %Change Latest Financials 0.00% 14,367.74 Resources 0.00% 29,275.44 Industrials 0.00% 69,174.34 Forex %Change Latest N$/US dollar -0.15% 12.8603 N$/Pound 0.08% 16.4391 N$/Euro 0.17% 14.3735 US dollar/ Euro 0.29% 1.1177 Namibia Monthly Data Latest Previous Namibia Inflation (May 17) 6.3 6.7 Bank Prime 10.75 10.75 BoN Repo Rate 7.00 7.00 130 125 120 115 110 105 100 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 6/30/2015 9/30/2015 12/31/2015 3/31/2016 6/30/2016 9/30/2016 12/31/2016 3/31/2017 16-Jun-17 NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) PROPOSED SMALL SCALE MINING ON THE TWENTY FOUR (24) MINING CLAIMS IN OTJOKAVARE VILLAGE, KUNENE REGION DEEP FIELD MINING EXPLORATION CC and local partners wish to conduct small scale (artisanal) mining on the twenty four mining claims located in the Otjokavare village in Kunene Region. According to the Environmental Management Act, (No. 07 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN No 30 of 2012) the proposed activities cannot take place without an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) being carried out and an Environmental Clearance Certificate being obtained. Project Description; Project title: Proposed small scale mining of base and rare metals, industrial minerals & precious metals. Claims Number: Application 1: 70199-70203, 70205, 70207-70210 Application 2: Claim No. 70212-70220, 70231 Application 3 Claim No. 69977-69979 Application 4 Claim No. 69319 (10 Claims) (10 Claims) (3 Claims) (1 Claim) Location: Otjokavare village, Ehirovipuka Conservancy, Kunene region Proponent: DEEP FIELD MINING EXPLORATION CC EAP: Green Gain Environmental Consultants cc All relevant stakeholders as well as potential Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) are hereby invited to register and request for the Background Information Document (BID) on or before 07 July 2017 at info@greengain. com.na or greengaincc@yahoo.com . The Public meeting is scheduled on Friday; 23 June 2017 at Onguta settlement in the Ehirovipuka Conservancy at 10:00 am. (Directions: +/-5km from Werda Gate to the turn off and +/-15KM from the main road) For More information, contact: Mr. Joseph Kondja at Cell: 0811422927 G/RFQ/NC-10/2017 Supply, Delivery, Installation and Maintenance of Closed Circuit Television REQUEST FOR SEALED QUOTATIONS NAMCOR hereby invites interested bidders to submit one (1) copy of their Request for Sealed Quotation for the Supply, Delivery, Installation and Maintenance of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at NAMCOR Retail Sites Country Wide. The standard bidding document for the Request for Sealed Quotation can be obtained on NAMCOR’s website. CLOSING DATE: 30 June 2017 @ 12:00 PM Namibian Time SUBMISSION ADDRESS: Tender Box at Reception NAMCOR Head Office Petroleum House 1 Aviation Road Windhoek Enquiries: Yolandie van Wyk NAMCOR Procurement Management Unit Email: procurement@namcor.com.na +264-61-204-5111/5054 DM0201700271878_GD

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