4 NEWS Friday, December 1 2017| NEW ERA DBN wants enterprises to add value to goods Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The CEO of the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN), Martin Inkumbi, says there is a need for more Namibian enterprises to add value to the country’s raw materials. He said as per his observations, not many enterprises approach the bank for funding of brilliant ideas on how to add value to raw materials, and turn them into products that can be sold locally and abroad – which he said needs to change. “We have noticed we are not really seeing a lot of value-adding enterprises coming to the bank to do any enquiries for funding. All we see are a lot of the normal enterprises, but we want to see more enterprises adding value to our natural resources, and hope- CEO of the Development Bank of Namibia Martin Inkumbi countries,” he said. Speaking during the opening of the //Kharas Innovation Hub International Symposium at Keetmanshoop on Wednesday, Inkumbi said many entrepreneurs approaching the bank for funding are in property development and retail – and it is thus important that more people start businesses that can add value to Namibia’s resources. He said this would not only bring in income for the entrepreneurs, but boost the economy. He thanked the organisers of the symposium, saying such platform is where mindsets can be changed. He added that platforms like the symposium are needed not only to talk, and forge relationships, but to take resolutions to act and bring about change. “I commend the organisers of this symposium – innovation is a prerequisite for economic growth and competitiveness. Your contribution helps to secure Namibia’s economy, now and in the future,” stated Inkumbi. He said DBN is committed to fund good business ideas, and urged entrepreneurs to be innovative and create new products, technologies and new methods, adding that the corporate world is constantly evolving to meet the demands and expectations of markets, and innovation is the only guarantee to remain in the game. “To entrepreneurs in attendance today – our doors are open to you, bring us your business plans so that we can examine their business logic,” said Inkumbi. ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ADMISSIONS INTO THE MASTERS DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MIP) PROGRAMME: 2018 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, GHANA Programme Duration: 2 years - VACANCIES The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (“NAMFISA; the Authority”) is an independent institution established by virtue of Act No. 3 of 2001 to regulate and supervise financial institutions in Namibia and to give sound advice to the Minister of Finance. 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The report was adopted by the committee this week in the National Council. The committee chairperson is Cletus Sipapela deputised by Betty Kaula, while Lukas Muha, SIoman Dukeleni, Weich Mupya and Laina Mekundi are committee members. The committee found that the chalky substance (salinity) was of dire concern particularly in the east of Ohangwena, Oshikoto, a greater part of the Omusati, Oshana, some parts of the Kunene “saline block” of the Karas Region and the Muyako settlement in the Zambezi. Boreholes are the main source of water in many parts of Namibia, especially in remote areas where potable water is almost non-existent. This practice of drilling boreholes was found to be more common in the west of Ohangwena, Kunene, Kavango East and Kavango West, some parts of Omusati Otjozondjupa, Hardap and Karas regions. The committee stated the level of potable water coverage was, however, on the increase in the Zambezi where NamWater pipelines supplied water to parts of the region. “This meant that many people along the Katima/Kongola pipeline and Katima/Ngoma pipelines had access to potable water.” In the Zambezi Region, the committee reported that there was a single case of a borehole with saline water at Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Muyako. The Muyako borehole had been supplying saline water to more than 3,000 people for a very long time. Nonetheless, it was deduced that many of the boreholes in Kavango West, Kavango East and the Zambezi regions produced water that was suitable for both animal and human consumption. But the committee said that the high alkaline levels rendered much of the water in many parts of the northern regions undrinkable. The high levels, they say, represented a dark spot in all water provision efforts through boreholes in regions such as the Omaheke, Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati, Kunene, a small part of the Zambezi and some parts of Karas. Meanwhile, in the Oshikoto Region, cases of undrinkable water were very common in areas such as Nahale ya Mpingana and Enkodi, while similar cases were common in Oshikunde, Omundongilo and Epembe in the Ohangwena Region. Equally, undrinkable underground water due to salinity levels was quite common in the “saline block”, an area known as the “salt block” in the Karas Region. “Lack of potable water saw residents resort to traditional wells and drinking water with this chalky substance, which was a result of high pH levels in the underground soil. Many people in the regions still chose to consume water imbedded with a substance that was likely to cause health issues in the long run.” Therefore, though the boreholes were the cheapest methods of providing analysis in the regions such as the Oshana concluded that underground water in much of the regions was saline, and therefore, not best for consumption for both animals and humans. The committee indicated that despite the alkalinity issues, the regions still encountered other challenges such as a “sabotaging mentality” and “budget cuts”. Southern campus launches innovation hub The University of Namibia southern campus launched the much-anticipated //Kharas Innovation Hub (KIH) at Keetmanshoop on Wednesday. The KIH’s purpose, amongst others, is to accelerate enterprise development around key signature value chains, such as agribusiness, logistics and mining, with a long-term goal of creating sustainable jobs and wealth. The hub’s other key objectives are to stimulate and advance entrepreneurial culture, create an enabling environment for start-ups and accelerate enterprise development in new and exciting value chains, which can create jobs for Namibians, especially women and youth. //Kharas regional governor Lucia Basson said the attendance of international partners, from various countries such as Botswana and Germany, is a clear testimony of how important the KIH international symposium is. She said a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between government, the private sector and civil society, and that partnerships to develop infrastructure and skills in the region will lead to much-needed industrialisation and economic development, but this, she however said, could not happen without innovation. “Without technology and innovation, industrialisation will not happen,” she said. The regional head in a speech delivered on her behalf by the Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Elias !Kharuxab, further said she is happy that the //Kharas Region and Unam have taken a step to revitalise the global partnerships for sustainable development. Also speaking at the event, southern campus assistant pro-vice chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab, said the objective of the symposium is to share ideas on how to sustain innovation. He said innovation is very important for livelihoods, as it has the ability to improve, through innovative ways, the lives of people. “Innovation should be about the enhancement of humanity. I believe that with innovation we would like to see an improvement in quality and standards of living of our citizens,” he said. He further said through innovation, the environment should be protected, while sustainability and preservation of natural resources can also be achieved by innovation. The KIH is a programme of the southern campus, in collaboration with the //Kharas Regional Council.
Friday, December 1 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 5 – Kiki Gbeho Billions rely on Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay The United Nations resident coordinator and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) representative to Namibia Kiki Gbeho says more than three billion people worldwide depend protein source. Hence, she says, the protection and is of utmost importance. Gbeho made the observation on Saturday morning aboard the Norwegian fisheries research vessel, Nansen RV, that docked at the Port of Walvis Bay after a regional survey of pelagic resources along the Atlantic coast of Africa. The highly advanced research vessel was availed through a smart partnership to the FOA by the Norwegian government to carry management to the participating countries, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Morocco and others along the Atlantic coastline of Africa. The vessels and a coterie of scientists on board through innovation and advanced technology assist the affected countries to conserve and sustainably utilise marine resources for development, taking into account the marine ecosystem, the impact of climate change and pollution. According to commitment shown, this cooperation clearly indicates the importance of marine life and the crucial role oceans continue to play in the world’s economy. Nations and industries are increasingly looking to the ocean for more economic opportunities, food security and extractives. They are going farther and deeper into our seas to extract living and non-living marine resources. Therefore, solving global challenges that threaten the co-existence of millions, who directly depend on the ocean, should be addressed to ensure long-term sustainability,” Gbeho explained. She said the global market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at 3 trillion annually, 5 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product. She added that 40 percent of the world’s oceans are heavily affected by human activities that include pollution and depleted About 70 percent of coral reefs are also threatened, she noted. are exhausted and a further third are daily protein. Meanwhile almost 800 million people still live in poverty according to Unicef, while 22,000 children die quietly every day due to poverty. Over 800 million people go to bed hungry daily and this umber is rising,” she said.