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New Era Newspaper Wednesday March 7, 2018

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10 Inside BUSINESS: ICT & GADETS Wednesday, March 7 2018 | NEW ERA Standard Bank moving you forward with PayPulse Staff Reporter Windhoek Standard Bank last week Friday launched its cardless transactional application called PayPulse. The application allows customers to have a virtual wallet to pay for bills and services, and send or withdraw money. The launch was attended by various movers and shakers in Windhoek who were all eager to try out the revolutionary application which is guaranteed to change the way Namibians make cardless transactions. Speaking at the event, Standard Bank’s Head of Digital Channels, Juanita Lamprecht, explained that the doesn’t require users to be banked with Standard Bank and users can link up to three different cards from three different banks. It is fast, secure and easy to use. “PayPulse is unique and revolutionary compared to what’s currently in the market in that the application allows its users to load up to three banking cards at a time. So this means that it caters for everybody and not just Standard Bank clients. What’s also special about it is that Standard Bank’s Blue Wallet capability has also been incorporated into the new App which enables customers to also pay via a QR code through a scan and pay method,” she explained. Juanita Lamprecht MARKET OVERVIEW In essence, PayPulse enables the Blue Wallet services to be available to any customer in the country. In this day and age where customers are in need of more convenient ways to pay their bills, without queuing up in long lines, customers have now been given an option to do so from the comfort of their mobile devices. “PayPulse is uniquely Namibian in the sense that we understand that most Namibians are multibanked and we have devised it (the application) to address this, while also being a frictionless/ seamless method of payment that doesn’t require having a bank card,” she said. With PayPulse you can instantly cash out your money at the till of any prominent grocery stores like Woermann Brock, Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay, OK and Usave. Apart f r o m c a s h i n g out and sending Blue Vouchers, it also allows for customers to send money to any mobile number in Namibia even if Change Latest 3 months 0.00% 7.13% 6 months 0.00% 7.54% CGP CAPRICORN INVESTMENT GROUP L 1797 -0.06% 9 months -0.01% 7.63% NBS NAMIBIA BREWERIES LTD 4350 0.00% 12 months -0.02% 7.88% BVN BIDVEST NAMIBIA LTD 779 -0.13% Change Latest FNB FNB NAMIBIA HOLDINGS LTD 4655 0.00% GC18 (R204 : 6.48%) -0.04% 7.39% ORY ORYX PROPERTIES LTD 2040 0.00% GC21 (R208 : 7%) -0.09% 7.82% NAM NAMIBIAN ASSET MANAGEMENT LT 69 0.00% GC24 (R186 : 8.1%) -0.08% 9.32% NHL NICTUS NAMIBIA 189 0.00% GC27 (R186 : 8.1%) -0.08% 9.71% BMN BANNERMAN RESOURCES LTD 38 -2.56% GC30 (R2030 : 8.55%) -0.09% 10.22% DYL DEEP YELLOW LTD 238 -1.24% GC32 (R213 : 8.65%) -0.09% 10.36% SILP STIMULUS INVESTMENT LTD-PREF 12129 0.00% GC35 (R209 : 8.94%) -0.09% 10.37% FSY FORSYS METALS CORP 100 -1.96% GC37 (R2033 : 8.77%) -0.09% 10.77% TUC TRUSTCO GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 900 0.00% %Change Latest B2G B2GOLD CORP 3460 -3.49% Gold 0.55% $ 1,327.40 Platinum 0.30% $ 964.42 Copper 0.00% $ 6,910.00 Brent Crude 0.50% $ 65.76 %Change Latest NSX (Delayed) 0.84% 1434.95 JSE All Share 2.30% 59,243.51 SP500 1.10% 2,720.94 FTSE 100 0.98% 7,185.45 Hangseng 2.09% 30,510.73 DAX 1.13% 12,227.04 %Change Latest Financials 2.72% 18,965.66 Resources 2.83% 35,566.36 Industrials 2.16% 77,886.13 %Change Latest N$/US dollar -0.76% 11.7412 N$/Pound -0.38% 16.3202 N$/Euro -0.30% 14.5509 US dollar/ Euro 0.46% 1.2393 Latest Previous Namibia Inflation (Jan 18) 3.6 5.2 Bank Prime 10.50 10.50 BoN Repo Rate 6.75 6.75 NOTICE FOR PUBLIC MEETING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT Africa Planning Forum cc (APF) hereby give notice to all potentially Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012) for the following: PROJECT NAME: Construction of a Service Station in Oshifo, Ruacana, Omusati Region. PROJECT LOCATION: Oshifo, Ruacana, Omusati Region PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project involves the construction and operation of a service station to be located in Oshifo, Ruacana, Omusati Region, along the C35 National Road. The proposed site is measured to be approximately 18000m in extent. The project will further comprise of the following activities: The construction of oil, water, gas and petrochemical and other bulk supply pipelines. The storage and handling of dangerous goods, including petrol, diesel, liquid petroleum gas or paraffin, in containers with a combined capacity of more than 30 cubic meters at any one location. PROJECT INVOLVEMENT: The Proponent: Oshifo Service Station CC Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Africa Planning Forum cc (APF) Public Meeting Date: 9 March 2018 Venue: Ruacana Community Hall Time: 14H00 they don’t have a PayPulse account, top up on electricity and airtime, and pay for bills such as your DStv/GOtv accounts. You can also use it to pay for your meal at various restaurants. “The PayPulse banking application is really about having a fast, secure and easy way for customers to make payments from the comfort of their mobile device. Simply download it from App Store, follow the easy steps to register and once that is done you are ready to make payments,” she concluded. Suspected Bitcoin server thieves arrested Police in Iceland have arrested 11 people suspected of stealing more than 600 computers that were being used to mine crypto-currencies, reports AP. The computers were stolen during four raids on data centres around Iceland. The country is a popular location for data centres because almost 100 percent of the power generated there comes from renewable sources. Two of the suspects are in custody, and nine have been released on bail. The stolen servers have not been recovered. The AP newswire said police were now contacting internet service providers (ISPs), electricians and storage units, asking them to report sudden spikes in power usage or other signs the stolen servers had been reconnected. The value of the stolen computers has been put at m (£1.45m). In February, Iceland’s HS Orka power generation company said it was seeing an “exponential” rise in the amount of energy being used in these data centres to mine and verify crypto-currency transactions. required for coin mining had exceeded that used by Iceland’s 340,000 inhabitants to power their homes. REGISTRATION OF I&APs AND SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS: In line with Namibia’s Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and EIA regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012), all I&APs are hereby invited to register and submit their comments, concerns or questions in writing via Email: ; Fax: 061 271 228 or Tel: 061 271 220 on or before 19 March 2018.

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