10 Monday, March 26 2018 | NEW ERA Staff Reporter Windhoek Nomination night: Prelude to the NAMAs With the awards just a month away, one can literally taste and feel the excitement, nerves and anxiety in the air, as the biggest music night in Namibia makes waves ready to descend on Swakopmund, the host town of this year’s Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs). However, before the big night, there has always been the enthralling event preluding the biggest showpiece and social event of the year: the NAMAs nominees’ announcement. According to the organisers, the nomination event has always filled the air with incredible anticipation and, by some measure, has set the pre-course stage towards the biggest night in music and showbiz – and this time around, it will be nothing short of another remarkable act. This Wednesday, the NAMAs will reveal the nominated artists who survived the gruelling two phases of judging and entry stages, since the call for entries for the 2018 edition last December. The nomination event will take place at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN), and artists are invited to this incredible event. Artists emerging from the nearly 800 entries will be the final contenders, for the various awards on the night. As the norm, the event will also be broadcast live on Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) 1 at 16h00 on Whatagwan, to ensure that the whole nation is kept in the loop. The NAMAs 2018 edition returns to the iconic Swakopmund Dome (Swakopmund Indoor Sport Centre) and over 20 electrifying live performances would form part of the line-up this year where Namibia’s biggest stars, socialites, celebrities, the influencers, the trendsetters, the mere-mortals and the ordinary congregate. NAMAs 2018 would feature amazing out-of-this-world staging and production again in the magical captivating music world where it all comes together on April 28. Ticket sales are now open at webtickets. The VIP ticket cost N0 while the normal ticket cost N0. The NAMAs exist to honour and celebrate the Namibian musical industry and reward artists and the most talented in the industry by acknowledging their contribution towards arts and culture in the country. Namibian Annual Music Awards - A music experience where different music genres, artists, musicians, bands and fans come together once a year for Namibia’s biggest night in music. City of Windhoek Vision: To be a Caring and Smart City by 2022 PUBLIC NOTICE THE ROAD CLOSURE IN DANIEL MUNAVAMA STREET- CITY CENTER Description of the Affected Roadworks: Daniel Munavama Street will be closed on one side of the road from the junction with Independence Avenue. This remaining of the portion of the road will be accessible to residents only and motorists need to be cautious about the construction works. Duration: The construction work will commence on 20th of March 2018 We urge all road users to adhere to the traffic signage and speed restrictions around the construction works. Miss Plus Size 2018 promotes healthy lifestyles Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek The third edition of the Miss Plus Size is scheduled to take place at the Khomas Regional Council hall this Saturday. According to the organisers, the event aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and, therefore, this year the pageant will be hosted under the theme “Stop smoking, eat healthy food”. The first Miss Plus Size pageant was hosted in Tambov, Russia, and attracted beauties from various European countries, with the second event hosted at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre in 2016 and won by Esther Esmie Joshua. The founder of the pageant, Dr Margaret Shivolo, also known as Margo Rusky in the modelling circles, told New Era on Saturday that they have taken a different theme for this year’s pageant in order to promote a healthy lifestyle, especially for plus-sized women. “Apart from promoting a healthy lifestyle for them, we want to empower women at large for them to exercise regularly and eat healthy food,” said Margo Rusky. Up to 10 plus-sized women will vie for the title on Saturday, where other entertainment activities would be on offer. Margo Rusky said the finalists would be walking in bikinis, traditional wear and evening wear. The winner of this year’s event will be the ambassador for the ‘Stop Smoking’ Finalists of Miss Plus Size Namibia hosted a cleaning campaign for Hepatitis E at the Katutura Central last Saturday. The crowning event for the pageant will take place at the Khomas Regional Council hall on Saturday. campaign for the whole year. She will also participate in the Miss Plus Size International this year, and win lots of packages from Royal Africa Guesthouse, cash prizes and a four-day trip to Cape Town. Teopolina Ndjuluwa, one of the finalists says she is looking forward to the event, and expects everything to go well for her. “If I win, I will spend half of my winnings on various community projects and in my studies as well,” she says. Last Saturday, the finalists created awareness on Hepatitis E . They hosted a cleaning campaign in the Katutura Central. The event on Saturday will feature a red carpet entrance from 18h00 and regular tickets are N0 and N0 for VIPs. We apologize for any inconvenience while this necessary work is underway. 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Food and drinks available and tickets are N each at the gate or from choir members. • A devotion with music and “Joint Concert Germany and Namibia” takes place tomorrow at Groote Kerk, Macedonia Parish Windhoek, Katutura at 18h30 with the doors opening at 18h00. In the line up are the COTA Youth Choir (Windhoek), Soli deo Gloria (Katutura), Harmin Choir (Katutura) and Junges Vokalensemble Hannover (Germany). The venue is Erf 346, Wilibard Kapuenene Street, Katutura. • A joint concert with Mascato Youth Choir, Theodore Cookson and the Junges Vokalensemble Hannover takes place this Thursday in Swakopmund at the Namib Primary School in Strand Street at 19h00. A Holy service takes place on Good Friday at the Christuskirche in Windhoek at 15h00 with Pastor Achim Gerber and featuring
NEW ERA | Nam-Mic Financial Services Holdings donates more bursaries Page 12 A grand illusion: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade Page 13 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Nedbank Namibia appoints Kisting as Chief Internal Auditor Staff Reporter Windhoek “It happened by accident, a very fortunate accident…” Brigitte Kisting recalls, as she reflects on her academic journey in accounting. Today, she is a qualified chartered accountant (CA), who has worked as an Associate Director in two of the largest and most renowned audit firms in the country. Not having many options after school due to finances, the tables surely turned on Kisting when she obtained a bursary to study accounting, and as she recalls, “everything fell into place after that”. Recently appointed as Chief Internal Auditor at Nedbank Namibia, Kisting’s vision in her new role is for internal audit to become an invaluable partner to the business. She grabbed the opportunity to work for the green bank due to the vast mentorship opportunities among peers in the field as well as the opportunity to make her mark in building the internal audit capacity. Growing up, she dreamt of becoming a journalist but destiny took Kisting on a different course. The desire to rise above her circumstances and make a difference led her down the fascinating CA path. ”The fact that there are so many different career opportunities truly fascinates me about this field, it transcends the traditional roles,” Kisting highlights. This is illustrated by her role with Nedbank Namibia, where she evaluates accounting, financial, credit and other operational activities, as an independent appraisal function. She believes that chartered accountants can make vast contributions to the success of a business, given their qualifications, skills and experience - and successful businesses contribute towards our economy. The stereotype that chartered accountancy is dull and boring could not be further from the truth. Nedbank Namibia has shown that chartered accountants are highly valued and seen as strategic financial advisors, especially in the complex business environment today. Obtaining sound advice from a qualified CA enables businesses to carefully navigate the uncertainty in a fast-changing world. Apart from being known for their professional expertise and strong work ethic, being a CA allows you to immerse yourself in what it means to make and ensure a business remains successful. CA qualifications are recognised globally, so you will be in demand at home and abroad. Kisting obtained her undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Namibia and went on to complete her CTA, by distance learning through the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. After completing her articles and qualifying as a CA, she then went on to specialise in forensic investigations and disputes. Her academic and professional journey has exposed her to many remarkable chartered accountants in Namibia, who she looks up to. She particularly values those who have succeeded despite difficult circumstances. A reading enthusiast and a traveller at heart, Kisting yearns to spread her wings and live, and work abroad for a couple of years. However, before she ticks that item off her bucket list, Kisting is working hard to leave behind a legacy at Nedbank Namibia, where she anticipates strengthening audit value within the organisation. Kisting encourages female Namibians to follow in her footsteps and become trailblazers in the field. “It is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself, it takes hard work, but once you are on the other side, it is more than worth it.” Strong words of advice indeed! Otjiwarongo vendors want public market Otjiwarongo Informal traders at Otjiwarongo have blamed their local authority of failing to construct a public market. Otjiwarongo has nearly 1,000 informal traders known to the municipality. In an interview with Nampa last Thursday, several traders said business is dwindling due to the lack of proper structures to operate from. As a result, informal traders as well as many street vendors conduct their businesses at different spots around town, mostly the central business district. “We demand a multi-purpose market. The municipality has deliberately failed to build a market for us,” said trader Kapii Uazukuani. Uazukuani is the chairperson of the informal traders committee at Otjiwarongo, and operates near the Fire Brigade Station in town. She said her committee had on several occasions discussed the matter with the municipality since 2010, but nothing has been done to date. Uazukuani said the 20 stalls allocated to her group near the fire brigade are vulnerable to wind, heat and rain. Another informal trader, Kortilte Hiyolwa said she will soon suspend her rental fee of N0 per month to the municipality, allegedly because it is not worth paying it. “There is no business for me at this place. I depend on my old customers who know me since 2010 while I was operating at the town square mall,” she said. Hiyolwa said the stalls near the fire brigade are far away from the general customers. She said a proper public market will improve the situation as all traders will be accommodated in one building and will have equal access to customers. Hiyolwa blamed the municipality for the increase of street vendors in the town, saying this is because there is no public market and mechanisms that control movement of street vendors or informal traders. Elsie Kaheka, who sells cooked food under a tree, also blamed the municipality for relocating her from a spot where the Otjiwarongo Town Square is now situated. “At that old place, I made a living off my business,” she said. Kaheka called on the local authority to look for money and construct a proper market where different types of businesses can operate under law and order. Otjiwarongo Municipality Public Relations Officer, Adelheid Shilongo, told this news agency last Thursday that the municipality is aware of the concerns of the traders. “We always plan to construct a public market, but the lack of funds is the main challenge we are facing,” she said. - Nampa Staff members of Lewis in Omuthiya put final touches on the new Lewis Mega Store that open in the town on Wednesday. The new store will offer pre-opening specials tomorrow whereby selected individuals can come and purchase before the grand opening on Wednesday. Isak Mwoonde, the branch manager, said tomorrow they would only invite a select to purchase. “On the day, we are also planning to give away a gift voucher to a school. It will come as a surprise; therefore, I cannot say it now. That’s part of our social responsibility,” said Mwoonde. 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