8 ADVERTORIAL Wednesday, October 25 2017 | NEW ERA ||Kharas Regional Council ||KHARAS UPDATE Private Bag 2184, Wheeler Street, Education Building, Keetmanshoop, Namibia Tel: +264-63-221 900 E-mail: email@example.com Oranjemund urged to diversify town’s economy as gates open ||KHARAS ECONOMIC ACTIVITY TO INCREASE AS NEW ROAD OPENS Ministry of Works and Transport Minister, Alpheus !Narused (second from left – front row), joined by Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya (behind) and some board members of the Roads Authority, regional and local leaders, as well the Oranjemund Constituency Councillor, Lasarus Nangolo during the road opening last week Friday. The Oranjemund Town Council named a street after the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob. Minister Akwaanyenga, Oranjemund Mayor, Henry Coetzee far left; and Oranjemund Constituency Councillor, Lasarus Nangolo in the middle, joined by political leaders after the opening of the town. Avid visitors to the town of Oranjemund can now take a sigh of relief as the town is now open to the public. This means that visitors no longer require permits in order to visit the town. urday, Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb, who spoke on behalf of the President, said that the opening of the Oranjemund town facilitates the free movement of people and goods as guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia. “This will result in giving our people an opportunity to do business in a free market environment. Furthermore, it brings opportunities for people to purchase and own properties thereby enhancing the town’s ability to lure investors. Thus, opening the town will lead to the socio-economic growth,” said !Naruseb. He further stated advised the town and the region as a whole to make use of the standing bilateral agreement between During the launching session of the ||Kharas Regional Strategic Plan, many were astounded to learn that the Bible also preaches the importance of strategic planning. Proverbs 24:6, reads: “strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel.” On that biblical ground, earlier this year, the ||Kharas Regional Council, through an OPM approved consultant gathered its regional stakeholders to acquire inputs for the formulation of the regional strategic plan for the years 2017- 2022. launch, Regional ||Kharas Region and Northern Cape Province in South Africa to tap into the large markets in the sister country and beyond. Speaking at the same occasion, Oranjemund Town Mayor, Henry Coetzee, indicated that although the transformation process has not been easy, the commitment from the community members and previous owner – Namdeb, has allowed the town to thrive through the process. “I believe that our strength lies not in the mighty high value of our diamonds which are mined here but most importantly in unity and diversity of our people. Therefore, I encourage you to continue supporting the jemund belongs to all of us, and can only prosper when we all make our positive contribution to this process,” said Coetzee. The Government of the Republic of Namibia in 2011 proclaimed as a town the place previously known as CDM and privately run by the diamond mining company, and the March 2012. Governor urges regional stakeholders to combine efforts Governor, Hon. Lucia Basson, said the regional council ought to have a strategic plan, that is aligned with Vision 2030, NDP5, Harambee Prosperity Plan and the SWAPO Party Manifesto “In line with the aforesaid Plans, the regional council has a major role to play in addressing the challenges that act as barriers to quality service provision in our Region,” said Basson. The strategic plan boasts three core strategic pillars that will guide the Council in implementing the Plan. “As a political head of this region, my mandate is to oversee that services are provided to the people, I don’t want this strategic plan to be one of those beautiful documents which cost a lot of money to come up with, and start collecting dust from what we have planned,” stressed Basson. Basson further urged the political Governor, Hon. Lucia Basson during the launching workshop. and administrative leaders to endeavour to build and sustain linkages and collaborations with all stakeholders to enhance cooperation among players in the implementation of the strategic plan in pursuit of the realisation of Namibia’s Vision 2030, NDP5 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan. The strategic plan will be implemented through annual work plans for the The ||Kharas region is expected to receive more It also supports the development of the south-western region of the country which is mining sectors which are key components of the National Development Plan 5 (NDP5),” said !Naruseb. The approximately 90 km road between Rosh Pinah and Oranjemund that was previously gravel.
NEW ERA Young developers grateful for Hackathon Page 10 NWR Miles to open this holiday season Page 11 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business O&L, Dinapama MoU to support local value addition Staff Reporter Windhoek In support of growth at home and commitment to contributing to local value addition, the executive chairman of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, Sven Thieme, on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the managing director of Dinapama Manufacturing & Supplies, David Namalenga. During his address at the signing ceremony, Thieme stressed the occasion as a manifestation of the O&L Group’s passion and commitment to its purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life.’ Thieme said: “Today is a celebration of organisations and people who share a common dream, coming together to achieve even greater things through collaboration. David is in fact a great example of turning dreams into reality as he did not allow his current reality many years ago, when he was still a dishwasher employed by a local hotel, to stand in the way of him becoming the entrepreneur he is today - employing more than 350 people and actively contributing to further value addition within our country. Staff Reporter Windhoek Letshego Group Namibia continues to lead the charge in driving the development of solutions that are responsive and solve customers’ needs, and that reward productive financial behaviour. For Letshego, people from all walks of life should be improving their livelihoods, while in turn, actively participating in the economy endeavours. In testament of this, Letshego has launched the Improving Life Campaign (ILC) for 2017, a customer Signed… Executive chairman of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, Sven Thieme (left) and Dinapama Manufacturing & Supplies managing director, David Namalenga, at Monday’s signing ceremony. “In fact, it is our collective dream – one where each and every Namibian is gainfully employed; where each Namibian enjoys a decent livelihood; and where we as Namibians are creating opportunities for ourselves – it is this dream which sees us joining hands here today.” He added: “And, it is up to us to make this dream come true, by taking the necessary actions to create opportunities locally. While there are certainly many examples of Namibians supporting local businesses, there is much more that can be done. Therefore, I herewith challenge business Namibia to create the future we want for our children, by taking the necessary action. We need to choose to support local and embrace the growth of Namibian businesses while developing local talent and skills; and invest in local infrastructure. This all starts with committing to grow local.” Thieme further stressed that it should be a collective dream that every Namibian has a job. “Every single dollar we spend on imports is a dollar of local value addition we export. We should thrive to create opportunities locally for our own people because if we do not take the people off the streets, they will take us into the streets.” Through this new found partnership, the O&L Group and Dinapama aim to foster a more conducive business environment; foster greater competition in key sectors and strengthen the national quality infrastructure and technical standards to further empower and enable Namibians to meet international standards; i m p r o v e l a b o u r a n d management skills; invest in technology upgrading and innovation, and strengthen supply chains to be able to supply goods and services reliably and within reasonable time. Dinapama Manufacturing & Supplies was registered in 2009 and started operating in January and seven employees. The business is now equipped with 874 machines and 356 employees, and supplies a number of products to Namibia and Angola, including, but not limited, to sports wear, corporate wear, work wear, safety wear, and bags of different sizes and shapes, with the capacity of employing about 750 employees. D i n a p a m a Manufacturing & Supplies managing director, David Namalenga, said: “We want to see organizations and businesses that live beyond ourselves. Businesses that can place Namibia above Letshego launches Improving Life Campaign engagement campaign rewarding productive loan use behaviour by Letshego customers In its 2016 ILC campaign, Letshego received a total of 2,877 stories back that were categorised under Education, Home/Home Improvement, Farming, Motor Vehicle Purchase, Business and Health Productive loan use. Customers are invited to share their stories of how they to sustainably improve their lives, and they stand a chance to win their share of N0,000. To participate, one has to visit any Letshego in the entry form, share their story on the form and hand it to a Letshego consultant. It’s that simple! ILC campaign winners will be rewarded by the bank enhancing their existing productive loan use, for example, if they won because they used Letshego funds to buy a taxi, the prize money, which amounts to N,000 per winner, will be applied to buying tyres, maintaining the taxi or buying an additional taxi – addressing only the productive needs of the winner. In previous years, Letshego Namibia and its sister companies across Africa have consistently embraced responsible and ethical financial services by running customer and public campaigns that focus on rewarding productive a culture that brings inclusive finance to the financially marginalised. Said Letshego Namibia Kali: “As Letshego, we are very excited to have launched this vital campaign in Namibia as we aim to foster literacy to all Namibians. Our campaign is designed to reach more members of the public who, due to various socio-economic issues, have access. We encourage all Namibians who have gained from our Improve Life Campaign and through the LetsGo banking solution to participate and share with us their stories on how the for the better. We believe in we extend to our customers is used in a responsible and sustainable manner.” Since its establishment, Letshego has been equipping customers to create a and improve lives by enhancing ourselves. O&L has over the years proven to be one of those organisations. Such organisations, and relationships such as the one manifested here today, will create a better life for the people of this country. We are humbled and very happy, and will make use of this opportunity to contribute even more to building the Namibian economy. This MoU creates hope for everyone, both in and outside of Dinapama.” Namalenga further noted that the MoU will mean enterprise development, capacity development, product development, industry development, and economic development, and will further mean opportunity to grow Dinapama to prove itself and create an enabling environment for a peoplecentered economy and growth, which will ensure job security and improve the livelihood of employees and their dependants. “We are proud to support and be associated with Dinapama through the signing of this MoU and I am confident that together we can fulfill the dream of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ for Namibians,” Thieme concluded. of this mandate, the bank earlier this year signed up as a member to the Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI) in an effort to provide access and underserved groups to programmes, to assist them decisions throughout their lives. 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