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New Era Newspaper Monday April 9, 2018

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8 Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA Rains, poor sound system delay Nasty C concert Emmency Nuukala Windhoek South Africa’s hottest young rapper Nsikayesiwe Ngcobo, known as Nasty C, was the highlight of Club Vibe’s first ever music festival over the weekend. It was a festival that was highly publicised and well marketed with local hip hop artists like KP Illest, Jaleel and LMPC performing. The festival which was due to start at 14h00 was delayed by the rain but local DJs kept early concert-goers entertained. But when by 23h00 no live performers had hit the stage, clearly annoyed partygoers started chanting for Nasty C to come and grace the stage. Only to be informed that the organisers were having technical problems with the sound system. Local artist Jaleel then went on stage only for the crowd to disrupt his performance, by demanding that Nasty C should perform. The crowd of about 300 went wild when he finally hit the stage performing five of his hit songs. Problems with the sound interrupted his performance of his first song, which led to some questioning why the organisers did not deal with the sound during the course of the day. But that did not stop Nasty C from giving an electrifying performance. The humble multi music award winner had fans going crazy with some ladies screaming their lungs out. Many of the local artists were hesitant to perform after the main attraction, and with reason because after Nasty C performed most of the partygoers left, leaving the three local artists performing to only a handful of fans. But this did not stop them from giving it their all. Rapping star… “In Particular” hit maker Nasty C performing over the weekend at the Club Vibe festival. Photos: Emmency Nuukala Wanting more… The women went wild for Nasty C while he performed. Ten romantic songs by African artists Lebogang Matshego If music speaks to you soul and soothes the heart and mind, then serenading your loved one with the best romantic singles from Africa is a sure way to make any day memorable. Here are 10 romantic songs from Africa to include on your playlist: 1. Tiwa Savage featuring Don Jazzy – Eminando Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress Tiwa Savage released the dance ballad “Eminando” in 2013. The song’s title means good luck charm, and its infectious dance beat and sweet lyrics makes it a perfect addition to your romantic songs playlist. It was the 7th single from her debut studio album titled “Once Upon A Time”. 3. Davido – Aye “Aye” by Nigerian singer Davido was released in 2014 in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The song tells a story of love between a poor farmer and a woman of royalty. The song’s catchy melody and beautiful lyrics made it a hit internationally and across Africa, winning Song of the Year at the 2014 Headies awards and Hottest Single of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. 4. Sauti Sol featuring Alikiba – Unconditionally Bae East Africa’s biggest stars Sauti Sol and Alikiba joined forces to create one of Africa’s biggest love ballads “Unconditionally Bae”. Even though the song is about the difficulty of finding love in the modern day world, it is a ballad that will make you sing and dance while you navigate your way through love. The song has since amassed more than 4 million views on YouTube. beat and melody from Nigerian muso Tekno. In this song, Tekno is trying to woo a woman he is attracted to, and she doesn’t give in easily to his love proposal, but rather makes him woo her more for her love. The song has since amassed more than 20 million views on YouTube and earned Tekno the “Breakthough Artist of the Year” award for 2016 at the MTV Africa Music Awards. 6. P Squared featuring Rick Ross – Beautiful Onyinye “Beautiful Onyinye” is a ballad from Nigerian duo P Squared featuring U.S. rapper Rick Ross. The song is about finding love and finally being happy after searching for someone to love. It was released in 2012, and the video was filmed in Miami and South Africa. It was nominated for Best Afro Pop and Video of the Year at the 2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards. 8. Vanessa Mdee featuring K.O – Nobody But Me “Nobody But Me” from Tanzanian artist Vanessa Mdee is a love ballad about being in love and experiencing the emotional excitement of the prospect of a new relationship. It was released in March 2015 and features South African rapper K.O. It has amassed over 1.6 million views on YouTube. 9. K.O featuring Nandi Mngoma – Skhanda Love “Skhanda Love” is a beautiful hip hop ballad from K.O featuring Nandi Mngoma (now Madida). It talks about a ride-or-die kind of love that stays strong through adversity. The song is from K.O’s 2014 album titled “Skhanda Republic”, and it has amassed over 1.4 million views on YouTube. 2. Korede Bello – Do Like That “Do Like That” by Nigerian singer Korede Bello is a sexy dance ballad that speaks of his strong attraction to a beautiful lady who teases him with her beauty and aura. The song’s drum and trap beat coupled with catchy and witty lyrics immediately capture your attention. It has since amassed more than 13 million views on YouTube. 5. Tekno – Pana “Pana” is one of the most popular ballads from Africa, capturing audiences with a great 7. Mafikizolo – Ndihamba Nawe If you’re looking for a song to add not only to your Valentine’s Day list but also your wedding playlist, then “Ndihamba Nawe” from South Africa’s Mafikizolo is a must. The song is off their 2007 album titled “Sibongile”, and it is one of South Africa’s most popular wedding songs. The song is a declaration of love as one finds the person that they want to spend their life with. 10. Diamond Platnumz featuring Ne-Yo – Marry You The latest hit from Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz featuring Ne-Yo is “Marry You”, which is ballad that expresses love and the desire to marry. The song has since amassed over 2 million views after being released on YouTube on the 2nd of February 2017. It’s a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day and wedding playlist. Africa.com

NEW ERA | Sovereign wealth fund not feasible in Namibia: Schlettwein Page 10 6.3% rise in passenger traffic for African airlines during Feb 2018 - IATA Page 11 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Struggling Air Namibia can be turned around says NCCI Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) wants the Public Procurement Act fine-tuned to include a directive that all government employees use Air Namibia as the preferred choice whenever they are travelling. This directive alone, says the NCCI, could lift the national airline out of the economic doldrums to become self-sufficient and less of a drain on the national coffers. In a letter to the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, last month, NCCI Northern Region Chairperson Thomas Iindji said they believe that Air Namibia has the potential to reach break-even or even become profitable if it’s properly managed, supported and capacitated. “We are not saying that everything is good at the airline, we believe there are a lot of improvements required in Photo: Contributed Could help… The NCCI has called for a directive to be included in the Public Procurement Act instructing all government employees to use Air Namibia as the preferred choice of travel. various aspects of the airline,” said Iindji in the letter dated March 16. He said it becomes difficult to demand improved performance and complete accountability under normal governance frameworks if the airline is operating without a substantive head of institution. “From what we hear, the current MD is acting for a period of more than two years, which gets extended at intervals of every six months – how do we expect the person and institution to perform under such circumstances?” In the five-page letter, Iindji said the sustainability of Air Namibia to remain a going concern needs to be addressed by not only the stakeholders but also key stakeholders like all NCCI members, sister organisations such as the Namibia Airports Company and individual travellers as a matter of urgency. He said the market potential in Namibia for air travel is massive, but this is choked and limited by poor airport infrastructure. According to him, whilst the airline has aircraft and crew to operate, they can only operate a limited number of flights per day. He said this is because Eros Airport closes at 20h00. He said the airline business requires expanded economy of scale. “Let us as Namibia enable the airline to operate to its full potential by opening the airports.” He said it is these same airport restrictions which are preventing travel by air for people between towns in the north and coastal towns or Lüderitz and Oranjemund. Iindji says many Namibian businesses nowadays rely on airlines for many reasons. “Air travel remains the most effective, efficient and safe mode of travelling.” “Each year goods worth millions of dollars are flown by air from Namibia to other countries and vice versa,” he said. According to him, this is massive percentage of the value of all Namibian trade towards the country’s GDP. Entrants like new Shell Fuel Card crucial for development of retail payments system Edgar Brandt Windhoek Vivo Energy Namibia’s launch of its Shell Fuel Card last week Thursday comes at a time the local financial sector is witnessing a wave of innovation and newcomers from various sectors of industry, particularly in the payments landscape. This move by Vivo Energy has been particularly welcomed by the Bank of Namibia, which says it encourages innovation as it enhances efficiency and promotes competition and has the ability to propel the payments industry towards achieving its vision of becoming a world-class and internationally reputable national payment system. The Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga, officially launched the Bank of Namibia approved card in the presence of Bank of Namibia and Payment Association of Namibia (PAN) representatives. According to Barbara Dreyer- Omoregie, director of the Payment and Settlement Systems Department at Bank of Namibia, and who officiated at the event, innovative payment service offerings such as the Shell Fuel Card are important in the development of the retail payments market, which is already experiencing a steady increase in card based and other electronic retail payment transactions. “In approaching the bank for authorisation, Vivo had the intention of providing a payments solution aimed at offering a wide range of benefits to fleet management companies, corporates and individuals across Namibia. Today’s launch is testament to that intent,” said Dreyer-Omoregie at the launch. She added that given the complexity behind fleet card operations, initiatives such as the VIVO Energy Fuel Card are greatly welcomed as they contribute to the ever growing dynamism in the payments landscape in Namibia. “New entrants to the payments ecosystem provide much-needed competition too which can lead to more cost-effective and efficient payment services at reasonable prices to the consumer. The latter is key to the bank in its efforts to ensure that fees and charges for payment services offered are in the public interest while promoting competition and cost effectiveness,” she added. Johan Grobbelaar, Vivo Energy Namibia MD, said at the launch. “Vivo Energy Namibia strives to innovate and bring solutions to our customers. As such, I am proud to bring to you the Shell Fuel Card in Namibia. We are excited to announce that we are the first fuel company to launch a card that’s approved by Bank of Namibia.” The Shell Fuel Card is a smart technology fuel payment option that gives fleet owners control over their fuel spent. The card was approved as a payment instrument by Bank of Namibia in September 2017. The card is an optimal fleet management tool which provides more control and less effort. It also boosts driver security, as no cash needs to be carried for fuel. Another benefit to fleet owners is the ease of fleet or vehicle performance tracking; efficient administrative and financial operations; and reduced fuel-related fraud. Another reason why you should SWITCH to FNB. #1 Earn cash back as you bank. No other bank gives you Rewards when you bank. Call 061 299 2222 or SMS GOLD to 34778 and a consultant will call you back. 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