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NEW ERA Market disruption is inevitable in the age of innovation – but how do you manage it? Page 10 Is your GIPF membership status up to date? Page 11 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business IATA ropes in global Edgar Brandt Geneva The International Air and Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments and law enforcement agencies around the world to provide clear and anonymous mechanisms for airline staff members to report ations. The request comes after IATA recently pledged to mobilise the tional Labour Organisation estimates to affect 25 million people commonly for forced labour and sexual exploitation. According to the United States State Department, human traf- industry and is the fastest growing crime in the world. At IATA’s Annual General Meeting in Mexico earlier this year that IATA was well-positioned to as- - IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, promised to to assist in the process. IATA is now in the process received approval from its airline members to launch an initiative that will enable the airline industry to do as much as possible to support governments and law enforcement “Governments and law enforcement agencies have the responsibility to identify, apprehend and pros- But it is an issue for airlines because the air services, which deliver so as a means of transporting victims. to Geneva for this meeting. Could someone who sat next to you or visible to those trained to have their eyes open to see it,” explained IATA’s assistant director for external affairs, Tim Colehan. Media Day here in Geneva, Colehan noted that there are strong reasons, beyond the moral imperative, as to why airlines have a natural interest This includes an increasing awareness that groups such as their operations, airlines having to as well as the fact that consumers and investors are increasingly dealing with companies that can demonstrate that they are good corporate citizens. Said Colehan: “There is also growing awareness that customerfacing staff at airlines and airports can play a role in supporting law enforcement by being trained to identify the signs of potential suspicions”. He went on to say that more and more airlines around the world are already providing training to report this to the authorities. “IATA’s role is to ensure that all of our members airlines, irrespective of size, are aware of this issue and to provide them with the tools and resources they need so that they Some of the ways in which IATA will help mobilise the global airline include launching a general awareness campaign called #Eyesopen; developing guidance materials and best practices for airlines to develop policy and initiatives; and by providing ‘recognise the signs’ training material that airlines can use to training customer-facing staff. Support local producers and service providers this festive season Staff Reporter It is that time of the year again! Summer, swimming, eating, relaxing, and celebrating the season with family and friends. Many Namibians enjoy this period, but others pressure that goes along with the holidays. Normally, the summer holidays, combined with the festive season celebrations and the exchange of gifts, comes with increased spending. However, irrespective of whether families are travelling or if they are staying at home as a more costeffective holiday option, Team Namibia encourages everyone to support Namibian service providers and to buy local products. Any trip within the borders of Namibia supports domestic tourism service providers and contributes to the growth of the local economy. Namibians are indeed supporting local when staying in Namibia during their holidays. Although travelling abroad can be exciting and can contribute to widening the horizon, one is essentially “importing” tourism services, which negatively affects Namibia’s trade balance. But how can Namibians worried Bärbel Kirchner, account director at Team Namibia, has a few tips to stay on budget: “Namibians are living in the North, at the coast or on farms. Accommodation and travel expenses can increase a household budget and for those that have opted for staying at home, can save on these costs. “Alternatively, for last-minute promotional deals, families can monitor local tourism or accommodation websites or can still opt for staying at local campsites. Depending on the duration of their intended trip, staying at a bed and also be a convenient option. “It is now the time when families also decide on how to entertain themselves during the holidays. That would largely depend on what type of vacation households can afford. Engaging in local activities will of course support local tour operators or other service provider offering a variety of adventure activities. Although, chances are the more activities families participate in, the more expensive the holiday becomes.” However, families can still have an entertaining and affordable vacation. “Visit and explore a new place in gests Kirchner. She advises inviting friends and family to a picnic in the suitable. says Kirchner. “Namibia is such a beautiful country, and many towns popular tourist spots. Consider a lodge or another tourist attraction in explains Kirchner. Despite efforts to save, generally, during the holidays, consumption of food and beverages normally increases. Namibians are encouraged to buy local products. Namibians are advised to consciously read the product label to determine the origin of the product. encourage Namibians to replace imported products with Namibian goods when planning their holiday spending,” comments Kirchner. “By buying local goods and services, munities a better place to live in,” encourages Kirchner. An overview of some local products: even some locally manufactured cosmetic products and creams. ply our retailers with fresh bread, of traditional dairy products. For has its locally produced Biltong, nuts mixtures. Namibians are also spoilt for choice with locally manufactured Vita Juice, Oasis etc. To avoid being out for the great variety of Namibian bottled water. Even for the braai, there are local wood. Everything one needs for a typical Namibian braai is also lamb, great pasta, veggies, bread for course Namibia’s world renowned locally produced beer. There is even locally bottled wine, schnapps, or liquor. Leather shoes, handbags, clothing and a variety of arts and crafts are great gifts. Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Regulation relating to domestic workers: Labour Act, 2007 TO DOWNLOAD VISIT:;;

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