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New Era Newspaper Thursday August 3, 2017

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12 Inside BUSINESS Thursday, August 3 2017 | NEW ERA Seven bakkies for seven winners Staff Reporter Windhoek Seven lucky Namibians each walked away with a brand new Nissan NP200 bakkie filled with groceries as winners of the WIN A RIDE campaign by Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia - a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group. Described as an enormous success by the PnP Marketing Manager, Victoria Moller, the campaign was initially scheduled to run from the May 29 to the July 17, but due to popularity beyond expectation, saw the extension of the closing date for entries to the July 26, 2017. “We undermined the possible popularity of the campaign, and received much more entries than we anticipated. Through extending the closing date, we also gave more customers the opportunity to stand a chance to win these great prizes. We thank each and every PnP customer for their nonstop support, and we strive towards always bringing you valued services and great rewards,” said Moller. Store managers from PnP Rundu and PnP Walvis Bay were thrilled to handover hampers worth N0 to Frieda Angula, Regiina Lugambo and Ndengu Shakalunga as the winners of the PnP Facebook selfie competition for which participants had to take a selfie with Kellogg’s, Rama, Sunlight or Vaseline products, then upload it to the PnP Facebook page with #pnpwinaride. The pictures with the most likes were selected as the winners. The seven Namibians who drove away with a Nissan NP200 bakkie, filled with groceries valued at N,000 are Velmarie Fisch from Keetmanshoop, Rudolf Sumseb from Tsumeb, Stephanus Valombola from Ondangwa, Marius Feris from Windhoek, Romano Routh from Swakopmund, Elmary Nella, Windhoek and Shipweya Jafet from Oshakati. To win the Nissan NP200 bakkie with groceries, customers had to SMS their name and till slip number to 76000 from which the winners were selected via a draw audited by Deloitte. Customers had to spend at least N0 at any PnP store to qualify for the draw. PnP Namibia brand manager Dandago Uiras said: “Competitions like these are part of PnP’s efforts to build the communities and provide for exciting and memorable experiences for its customers.” Happy 76 th Birthday Dr. Hage G. Geingob The entire rank and file membership of the SWAPO Party wishes to congratulate our President, His Excellency Comrade Dr. Hage G. Geingob on his 76 th birthday. We wish him many more years ahead, filled with good health and prosperity. SWAPO UNITED, SWAPO VICTORIOUS, NOW HARD WORK!!! Photo: Contributed Overwhelmed… Shipweya Jafet (seated) from Oshakati receives his Nissan NP200 bakkie as one of the Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia Win-A- Ride campaign, including seven winners across the country. Here Oshakati store manager Selma Malima (right) hands over his prize. Africa records 25.9 percent growth in air cargo demand GENEVA Just released data by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for global air freight markets shows that African airlines had the fastest growth in year-on-year freight volumes, up 31.6 percent in June 2017 and a capacity increase of 7.6 percent. This contributed to African freight demand growing 25.9 percent in the first half of 2017, which was the fastest of all regions. According to IATA, demand has been boosted by very strong growth on the trade lanes to and from Asia, which have increased by nearly 60 percent in the first five months of 2017. Capacity grew 11.2 percent in the first half of the year. Seasonally adjusted growth has levelled off in recent months, however growth is set to remain in double digits for the remainder of 2017. The IATA data also indicates that global demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew by 10.4 percent in the first-half of 2017 compared to the first-half of 2016. This was the strongest first half-year performance since air cargo’s rebound from the Global Financial Crisis in 2010 and nearly triple the industry’s average growth rate of 3.9 percent over the last five years. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.6 percent in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Demand growth continues to significantly outstrip capacity growth, which is positive for yields. Air cargo’s strong performance in the first half of 2017 was confirmed by June’s results. Year-onyear demand growth in June increased 11 percent compared to the same year-earlier period. Freight

Thursday, August 3 2017 | NEW ERA Inside BUSINESS 13 Motoring icon celebrates 50 years with a growl After 50 years of driving performance, Mercedes- AMG has given the world one distinctly recognisable voice: the signature growl of the AMG engine. To mark AMG’s 50th anniversary, the brand is calling on southern Africans to imitate this iconic sound on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media channel, tagging Mercedes-Benz South Africa and using the hashtag #AMGgrowl. To kick off the campaign, Mercedes-AMG has compiled videos featuring their ‘Friends of the Brand’, including fashion designer David Tlale; musician J’Something of Mi Casa; TV personality Jeannie D and environmentalist Kevin Richardson and others, doing their best interpretation of the distinctive growl. In total, eight videos prepared by the ‘Friends of the Brand’ are being released online by Mercedes-AMG during August – inspiration for AMG fans to add their own growl to the collection. The videos – both those released by the brand and those posted by fans – will pay homage to AMG over the years. “South Africans have shown us just how much they love our AMG cars, especially the iconic and visceral sound exhaust note, and this is why we plan to also profile our fans doing the growl, while highlighting the inherent beauty of our AMG range. It’s a celebration of driving performance as well as a ‘thank you’ to all who hold our brand close to their hearts,” says Selvin Govender, marketing director, Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Mercedes-AMG consistently leads the luxury performance and sports segments with record sales, significantly contributing to Mercedes-Benz holding the number one spot for the year, both locally and globally,” adds Govender. The campaign will culminate at the Festival of Motoring, being held at the Kyalami Race Track from September 1-3, where the brand will profile some of the fan videos alongside the latest AMG vehicles, including the new Mercedes-AMG GT R and AMG GT C. “AMG has, over its half-century of existence, come to stand for supreme automotive performance, exclusivity, efficiency and highly dynamic driving enjoyment, repeatedly confirming its position as a highly successful sports car and performance brand,” concludes Govender. The brand promise of “driving performance” encompasses its core strengths: cutting-edge technology and a passion for dynamic, emotively appealing products. The company stands worldwide for outstanding engine expertise. AMG remains true to its “one man, one engine” philosophy, which means that each engine is hand-crafted by one engineer. - Quickpic Angolan adventure ends Sunday Staff Reporter Windhoek Raid Cacimbo, the oldest adventure tourism expedition in Angola, is on the road until this Sunday, August 6. Since July 23, over 17 days, 30 participants and 12 cars will travel more than 4,000 kilometres through 58 municipalities in the 12 Angolan provinces of Luanda, Bengo, Kwanza Norte, Malange, Bié, Moxico, Kuando Kubango, Huíla, Huambo, Benguela, Namibe and Kwanza Sul. This year Raid Cacimbo is a social team organization sponsored by one of the oldest brands in Angola, the Cuca beer, an alcoholic drink that was once a favourite beer in Namibia and after which many northern shebeens are named –‘cuca shop’. Raid Cacimbo has more than 20 years of history, during which the 18 provinces of Angola and four African countries were explored, with participants travelling thousands of kilometres by main, secondary and tertiary routes, finding communities in places forgotten in time and beautiful and unusual African landscapes. The Raid Cacimbo came into being in 1996 and has since become a prominent place on the calendar of national events. The initiative takes place annually, having been interrupted in the period 1998 to 2001 Photo: Quickpic 50 years… The Mercedes Benz AMG is celebrating half a century. due to insecurity. The number of participating vehicles varies annually between 10 and 15, a number limited according to the degree of difficulty of the route, whose range varies between 3,000 and 8,000 km. This route is done for two to three consecutive weeks through various Angolan provinces, having in some expeditions exceeded borders. In the history of Raid Cacimbo two expeditions stand out: the first, in 1996, the most participated, with 33 TT vehicles, a motorcycle and 92 people; and 2009, the most extensive in terms of distance and time, with 7,800 km covered in 22 days. Namibia hosts joint operation with Botswana and SA Donna Collins A three-day joint law enforcement operation was conducted at the main Swakopmund roadblock last week, where over 100 law enforcement officers, and related personnel, from Botswana, South Africa and Namibia joined forces at the coast. It was the first time that the member states to the Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee jointly hosted such an operation in Namibia. Motorists leaving, and arriving at, Swakopmund were greeted by a flurry of bright aluminous green reflector jackets, where traffic and police officers from the three countries manned a roadblock just outside Swakopmund on the B2 road that connects the coastal towns to the B1 road. With them were customs officials, immigration officers, roads authority personnel and cross-border officials from Botswana and South Africa. By the end of the operation a total of 1,301 vehicles were inspected, of which 1,096 were Namibian drivers, 76 from South Africa and two from Botswana. In addition, all the drivers were screened for alcohol consumption, of whom 260 tested negative and eight positive, while 81 warrants of arrest were issued against drivers. Statistics collected during the operation recorded various driver offences, which included 13 vehicles with worn out tyres, 13 with cracked windscreens, nine unlicensed, 19 offenders driving without a licence and 16 road transport violations. The fourth Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee (TKCMC) operation was held under the theme “Unlocking trade relations between Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and beyond.” The three previous operations took place in other member state countries. The operation was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Sankwasa James Sankwasa, who commended the three member states for coming together to address lawlessness in the corridor. He said an exercise of such magnitude is of great importance as Namibia is positioning herself to become the logistics hub for the region. He also pointed out the value a smooth running transport process plays in advancing economic development. Key elements that were noted during the operation included that legislation on the transportation of dangerous goods must be implemented. Also the need to develop standard operating procedures for joint law enforcement operations; intensify public educational campaigns and awareness of cross-border movement of people and goods; integrate driver and motor vehicle databases from member states; develop a database of all transport operators using the corridor; and border management authorities’ need to meet regularly to troubleshoot any issues pertaining to trade facilitation. Leading up to the law enforcement operation, a two-day training workshop was conducted on the transportation of dangerous goods, which was attended by operatives from all the participating countries. The official opening was attended by the High Commissioner of Botswana, Tshenolo Modise, and the High Commissioner of South Africa, Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini, together with other high-ranking officials from the three respective member states. Present for this auspicious occasion were other high ranking officials including the director of the Botswana Traffic Police, representatives from TKCMC and MVA Fund Namibia and mayors from Swakopmund, Usakos and Windhoek to mention but some. Governor of the Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, thanked the TKCMC and the Namibian government for choosing the Erongo to host the first joint law enforcement operation in Namibia. He reiterated his support for the operation, saying it will promote compliance and consistency in the application of sovereign laws in the corridor. Joining forces… Law enforcement officers from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa man the roadblock on the B2 road outside Swakopmund as part of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee (TKCMC) operation.

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