8 NEWS Wednesday, July 19 2017 | NEW ERA Pretorius’s death a great loss to Namibia – Mbumba Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba says the contributions by the late politician and former member of the National Assembly Kosie Pretorius towards the drafting of the Namibian Constitution cannot be overemphasised. Pretorius, who retired from active politics in 2013, died on Friday at Walvis Bay, where he had lived since retiring from active politics. Speaking to New Era yesterday, Mbumba said the late politician was unique and made a positive contribution to Namibian politics, despite coming from a quite different background. “Despite our different ideas and political affiliation he shared the same goals and aspirations for the country like all of us, which was to create and develop a better Namibia for all of us. His death is indeed a great loss for all Namibians,” Mbumba said. According to the Swapo SG, Pretorius – through his strong beliefs – showed that politicians, despite their political and cultural differences, can work together for the common good of the country. “And that is what we appreciated about him the most during his time in politics,” Mbumba remarked. The late Pretorius served as a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted and adopted Namibia’s Constitution in 1990. He led the National Party in pre-independence Namibia from 1981. During 1989, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly through the Action Christian National party that later on became the Monitor Action Group (MAG), with Pretorius as its president until his retirement. He also served as Member of the National Assembly from 1990 to 2005. Pretorius is survived by his wife, Ellina, four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Speaking on behalf of the family, Chris Theron told New Era yesterday that Pretorius will be cremated and a memorial service for the politician will take place at the NG Church in Walvis Bay on Saturday 11h00. Kosie Pretorius Monday, 17 July 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Old Mutual Life 09:30-15:30 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 ____________________________ Tuesday, 18 July 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Walvis Bay NAMBTS (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 ____________________________ Wednesday, 19 July 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Outjo Town (Mathys Greeff Old Age Home) 11:00-18:00 Emergency Management Training & Specialist Services 09:00-14:30 Ramos Realtors Namibia (Swakopmund) 09:00-16:00 ____________________________ Thursday, 20 July 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Otjiwarongo Town (NG Church Hall) 11:00-18:00 NIMT Arandis (Building & Trade) 09:00-16:00 ____________________________ Friday, 21 July 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Motovac (Lafrenz) 09:00-14:30 Manica Group (Walvis Bay) 09:00-13:00 ____________________________
NEW ERA | Netflix now has 104 million subscribers worldwide Page 10 Urate system pays dividends for FNB Page 15 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Two weeks left for tax incentives Give unto Caesar… Director of inland revenue Justus Mwafongwe (standing) addressing members of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) northern branch during their consultative meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Finance at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region to discuss taxation-related matters on Wednesday. WINDHOEK Taxpayers have not taken full advantage of the tax incentive programme and the deadline for settling outstanding amounts without interest and penalties will not be extended beyond July 31. This leaves taxpayers with 14 days. The Ministry of Finance commissioner for inland revenue, Justice Mwafongwe, told Nampa on Monday that taxpayers would have had enough time to take advantage of the opportunity to cut 80 percent of interest and waive penalties on outstanding amounts. Control taxation officer Tanya Bock echoed that and told Nampa there will be no extension to the due date as taxpayers would have had enough time to settle their accounts. Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein in January issued a media statement in which the introduction of an incentive programme was announced. The programme forms part of the ministry’s tax collection and recovery efforts. Outstanding amounts must be settled before the end of July 2017 for taxpayers to benefit from the programme. “There were days when our system was slow, which some of us may use as an apology, but this will not guarantee an extension,” Bock warned. Economic analyst and lecturer at the University of Namibia, Dr Hoze Riruako, told Nampa the danger of defaulting is twofold, as it will have a negative impact on the individual and the national economy. “If we don’t pay our taxes we have to know that everything will be payable and those in the tender industry may not have some of the documents they may need such as certificates of good standing from the Social Security Commission (SSC) as these documents are institutionally inter-related,” Riruako warned. Taxpayers owe the government about N$19 billion, of which N billion is principal debt and N billion interest and penalties. – Nampa Weathermen & Co celebrate 4th birthday by signing big brands Staff Reporter Windhoek Just like clouds build up slowly over time on a hot day before shaking your world with a good thunderstorm, the same can be said for Namibian advertising agency, Weathermen & Co Advertising (W&Co). Celebrating four years in the business, W&Co – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – marked this milestone by winning a five-way pitch for the premium advertising contract with the country’s leading mobile telecommunications service provider, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), and more recently, First National Bank (FNB) and other brands in the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) stable. W&Co managing director Leon Crous said: “We’re incredibly excited about the recent wins, and immensely proud of the team who pushed really hard to make this happen. And while we are over the moon about the contracts signed with MTC and FNB, we are just as excited about the 4th year anniversary of W&Co. “A few things need to click together to make a business journey a successful one. The business schools simply say that there are three key components. Your numbers need to make sense, you need a compelling story, and you need the right people on the proverbial bus.” He said W&Co people have always been core to the company’s success. “We’re fortunate to have a great team of individuals that are ferociously passionate about what they do and to deliver value to our clients. We have phenomenal support from our business partners and shareholders, and we have great clients that entrust us with their brands and allow us to do what we do to the best of our ability. It’s in these enduring relationships that we manage to make the numbers happen and create work that allows us to work with a growing number of clients.” Crous adds that the W&Co team thrive on progress and the energy that comes with working on exciting brands that allows the team to produce work that create lasting impressions. “We’ve gone from a start-up to an agency that is delivering quality strategic work that’s making a real difference to our clients’ brands while impacting their business results, and this has proven us to be a valued partner in their business.” O&L Group executive chairman Sven Thieme says W&Co has over the past few years proven to have the potential to be one of the best in Africa. “We are extremely proud of what Weathermen has accomplished in such a short span of time and I am personally inspired by the passion, dedication and drive of this extraordinary creative team that continuously delivers breakthrough ideas and results.” An employer of more than 20 staff, W&Co is also a former “ad of the week” winner by renowned South African marketing blog www.marklives.com for its Tafel Lager TV commercial. Thieme said: “W&Co was born in The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town in February 2013 by a group of agency folk with extensive expertise in the management and creative execution of numerous O&L brands. What started as a discussion about the needs and wants of O&L with Jupiter CT, turned into a company determined to take over the world of advertising in Namibia – a company that now boasts some of the country’s largest corporates as clientele.” Other clients apart from the lucrative deals just signed with MTC and FNB include Total Namibia, Namibia Breweries, Namib Mills, Namibia Dairies, and the O&L Group amongst others. Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay Developers of the much-anticipated Dunes Mall at Walvis Bay are working around the clock to ensure that it opens on time in October. The mall is being constructed opposite the traffic circle at the town to allow easy access for shoppers. It is being developed in partnership with Atterbury and Safland. Anticipation is that the mall, which will cost about N0 million, will provide about 700 permanent jobs for local residents. It will offer shoppers approximately 30,000 square metres of shopping space and accommodate retailers such as Shoprite Checkers, House and Home, Spur, Mr Price, Pick n Pay and several popular restaurants. Briefing the media and the business community at Walvis Bay, Louis van der Photo: Eveline de Klerk Much anticipated… The Dunes Mall that is expected to open its doors in October. Dunes Mall to provide 700 permanent jobs Watt said construction is progressing well and on schedule. “So we can’t really lose focus as we only have three months left. Once you lose focus you can’t really catch up and that’s not what we want.” He added that the mall was specifically designed and constructed with Walvis Bay’s weather conditions in mind. There will be ample parking available and the parking bays will be wider than ordinary bays to accommodate the larger 4x4 vehicles driven by many locals and tourists in the area. A further specific feature of the mall is that it will be on one level, making it convenient for shoppers to navigate. Kallie van der Merwe, of Safland, said the mall will indeed add value to the town as it will create a different type of shopping experience with an exciting environment.