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Week in Review - 20 January 2018

Big news this week was the announcement that an authentic copy of German General Lothar von Trotha's extermination order against the OvaHereo and Nama communities had been discovered and would be hand delivered to the court in New York where the current genocide lawsuit is to be heard later this month. Also very important was the fact that Namibian advocate Bience Gawanas had been appointed by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres as a UN Special Advisor on Africa, and news that the City of Windhoek would provide 105 mobile water tanks to informal settlements by early February in a bid to stave off the current Hepatitus E outbreak the city is facing. 
 
In South Africa tensions between Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and her party, the Democratic Alliance, reached a head and de Lille is to be investigated over a 60 day period, but that news was overshadowed by the fact that water restrictions in the city have been increased to level 6B and residents are now being told to reduce their consumption further from their allowed 87 litres to a new low of 50 litres per person per day. There was relief of a sort as the Reserve Bank announced that it would keep the Repo rate unchanged at 6.75%, and the National Prosecuting Authority appeared to have woken from the long nap it was taking under the presidency of Jacob Zuma as it announced that it's Asset Forfeiture Unit would serve global consultancy firm McKinsey and Gupta-linked group Trillian Capital Partners with a preservation order for assets worth around R1.6 billion. Former FNB CEO Michael Jordaan also announced that he would be launching a new bank in the country by the third quarter of 2018.
 
Weather made the news quite a bit this week as the islands of Mauritius and Reunion were both battered by tropical cyclone Berguitta, and at least 9 people died in Europe as violent winds struck northern parts of the region. At least in Australia there was joy as tropical cyclone Joyce brought unprecedented rainfall of between 160mm to 260mm to the usually arid western parts of the country without causing any real damage.
 
In Nigeria the Boko Haram Islamist group released a new video purportedly showing some of the remaining so-called 'Chibok girls' saying that they were “by the grace of Allah” never coming back, at least 12 people were also killed in the country as suicide bombers once again targeted the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. Elsewhere in Africa Catholic bishops appealed to armed groups in the Central African Republic to stop looting and lay down their arms, while reports came in that disparate armed groups in the DRC were setting aside many of their difference and joining forces in an effort to rid the country of President Joseph Kabila. French Magistrates also this week dismissed a case brought against a group of French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children while on deployment in the Central African Republic, and there were growing fears that 2018 could be the year sub-Saharan Africa sees a new debt crisis.
 
Elsewhere in the world at least 38 people were killed and over 100 injured in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad, the Iranian oil tanker which had caught fire after colliding with a Chinese freighter last week sank, with some 30 crew members still missing, following Hawaii's false alarm of a missile attack Japanese broadcaster NHK had to apologize for also issuing a false alarm, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of forming a “terror army” on his country's southern border.
 
Finally in really positive news, Belgium pledged 19 million Euros to the UNRWA after the US slashed it's funding to the UN aid organisation for Palestinian refugees, and hundreds of Israeli rabbis said that they were willing to hide upwards of 38 000 African asylum seekers facing deportation in a campaign dubbed The Anne Frank Home Sanctuary movement.

Choose your career wisely

Learners who successfully completed their secondary education last year, now have the potential to become students. This kind of growth comes with a lot of new responsibilities because students are faced with making decisions that will shape their future.
 
School leavers that are still deciding on what career path to follow, have plenty of options to consider. They can search for a job, take a gap year and travel the world, volunteer to assist the needy or study further.
 
“Some are excited about the prospect of making their own decisions regarding their future. Others are not sure of what direction to take and do not have a clear vision of their preferred destination. Career Guidance plays a significant role at this stage,” said Bank Windhoek’s Manager of People Development, Fillimon Ngairo.
 
What is Career Guidance?
 
Career guidance can be defined as services and activities intended to assist individuals of any age and at any point throughout their lives, to make educational, training and occupational choices, to manage their career.
 
Below are a few Career Guidance tips that students can consider:
 
· Motivate yourself and read a lot about current affairs, and various topics and research studies that interest you.
 
· Consider the things that you are good at or interested in as potential areas on which you could build a successful career. For instance, if you are naturally inclined toward fashion, why not consider fashion design? If you’ve always been good at fixing things around the home, could plumbing or becoming an electrician be the next logical career move? Loved flying? How about becoming a pilot? Consider how these interests and natural abilities could become a career and go for it and always contribute to the profession.
 
· Always think positively in any situation.
 
· Conduct research on the advantages and disadvantages of the career path you want to follow by asking professionals in the industry.
 
Have a passion for the profession
 
Ngairo added that Bank Windhoek, and the financial sector in general, has a need for highly skilled and qualified professionals specialising in the field of Risk and Compliance Management, Forensics and Internal Auditing, and Information Technology - especially in the IT Security and Information Systems space.
 
This does not mean that students should choose a course or a profession simply based on its employment opportunities. Other factors need to be considered, such as the passion for the profession.
 
For those that want to pursue a career in banking, there are many different courses offered universities and tertiary institutions, both local and international, that they can enrol in.
 
Bank Windhoek also offers the Candidate Bankers Training Programme (CBT). Any student can apply for this Programme. CBT is free of charge and forms part of Bank Windhoek’s social development and empowerment programmes. “On successful completion of the course, candidates have a chance to become full-time employees of Bank Windhoek,” concluded Ngairo.

Cycling should be more than a resolution, it should become a lifestyle

Resolutions present opportunities to make the New Year seemingly better than the previous one. Many would claim that resolutions are a cliché, however, the power of positive intention cannot be denied. Health has taken front and centre stage over the past few years, with millennials leading the change to eating healthier. Hand in hand with a healthy diet, should be a good dose of exercise. And while the gym is a lucrative offer, there are many alternatives including jogging, hiking, swimming and cycling.

 
The affinity Namibians have with the outdoors must contribute to the compelling love affair ordinary men and women have with cycling. That along with the fresh air and the sunshine makes for the perfect recipe for a healthy lifestyle change that will last longer than your ordinary resolution.
 
Most die hard cyclists would agree, it is not a conventional love affair, and at times may even seem to be more of a love - hate relationship. However, all cycling fans will agree, once the cycling bug bites, you are pulled into the sport, hook, line and sinker!
 
Cycling lends itself for the perfect opportunity to get fit, loose weight see Namibia from exciting new vantage points and make a whole lot of friends along the way. Getting into cycling may seem like a tall order but there are a few tips to kick-start an exciting new chapter that will get you bang for your resolution buck.
 
1. Start easy, take short rides at first
 
2. Ride a few times per week, this will really help you get used to your bicycle
 
3. Choose your routes wisely
 
4. Join other cyclists or ask friends to join you
 
5. Recovery is as important as riding, be sure to stretch
 
6. Track your progress using apps (Strava is a popular one), it is a fun way to see how far you have come
 
7. There will be good days and bad days, ride at your own pace
 
8. Research and get some tips from the cycling community
 
9. Embrace the scenery
 
The health benefits of cycling are far reaching - they include increased cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength and flexibility, improved joint mobility, decreased stress levels and improved coordination as well as decreased body fat levels. In addition to the great health benefits the camaraderie and the thrill of the ride continues to draw more and more Namibian men, women and children to this addictive healthy new lifestyle.
 
Nedbank Namibia’s upcoming Cycle Challenge will be a great opportunity to participate in a race. Running for more than three decades the Nedbank Cycle Challenge will set the scene for all newbie and seasoned cyclists. Starting off with the Road Challenge on 11 February, followed by the Kidz Challenge on the 24th and finishing off the series with the mountain bike challenge on the 25th. Entries are open on http://www.today.com.na/2018-nedbank-cycle-challenge