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Week in Review - 05 August 2017

Airlines were in the news this week with the RDP renewing calls for the privatization of Air Namibia and news that SAA, on the verge of bankruptcy will now be led by  Vodacom executive Vuyani Jarana who is said to have managed to turn around Vodacom's loss making subsidiary, Vodacom Business Africa. In the meantime SAA passengers have been warned of potential delays as the South African Cabin Crew Association joined forces with unions to march in protest and possibly even strike.
 
The coast was shaken this week with the news of the brutal assault of an elderly couple in their home, and the subsequent death of the 79 year old wife who was said to have been grabbed by the neck, had her head hit against a wall, strangled to death. The official line by Nampol following the attack was that “Should criminals manage to get to you, just surrender and do not attempt to play hero unless you are trained and know how to defend yourself. By surrendering you might save yourself from injuries and death.” Though it was not certain how much of a fight the elderly couple could have tried to muster.
 
Namibia also lost two more Rhino this week as the carcasses of a cow and a calf, were found in the area of Duineveld in the Etosha National Park on Tuesday. But there was some good news in that the fuel price for petrol and both grades of diesel remained unchanged for the month of August – consumers now just need the Bank of Namibia's to follow the South African Reserve Bank's example and decrease the repo rate when they meet on the 16th to have real cause for celebration.
 
Anyone going out and thinking about drinking and driving this weekend and indeed for the next few months should seriously reconsider as a group of Namibian companies, NGOs, and Civil Society organisations have teamed up to launch the STAND initiative, whereby they aim to randomly screen at least 450 000 people over a 6 month period, adopting a zero tolerance approach to drinking and driving. Screening will take place in Windhoek as well as along both the B1 and B2 highways.
 
There was sad news from South Africa as it was reported that two people had died in a stampede during a soccer match between Kaiser Chiefs and Orlando Pirates over the weekend, it was also reported that at least 3500 people would soon be out of work as Pick n Pay announced they were scaling back their South African staff compliment by 10%. 
 
There were celebrations in Jordan this week as the lower house of parliament voted to  eliminate article 308, which allows rape charges to be dropped as long as the rapist marries their victim and stays married for at least five years. Meanwhile nearby firefighters in Dubai battled to put out a blaze that swept through one of the world's tallest residential buildings early on Friday, forcing occupants to flee their homes as burning debris showered down the sides of the 79-storey tower. This is the second time since 2015 that the perhaps ironically named 'The Torch' tower block has had to be evacuated due to fire.
 
In Australia police arrested four men accused of plotting to bring down a plan using poisonous gas or a crude bomb disguised as a meat mincer, two opposition leaders were abducted from their homes in the middle of the night in Venezuela, and Arsenal football team's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke came under fire for launching a new television channel that was unveiled in the United Kingdom that will show regular hunting programmes including footage of elephant, and lion hunts, amongst others.
 
Finally experts have once again warned that so called 'vaping devices' may not be as benign as they are thought to be and have stepped up calls for them to be regulated in the same way that cigarettes and other more traditional tobacco products are.

UN Namibia warns public about scammers

The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia (UN Namibia) would like to warn the Namibian public to beware of scams implying association with UN Namibia and its agencies and/or its programmes.
 
Recently, UN Namibia’s name was implicated in several identity fraud cases in Windhoek with fraudsters pretending to be representatives of UN agencies, namely the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
 
Scams request detailed information and/or money from individuals, businesses or nonprofit organizations with the promise that the victims will receive funds or other benefits in return. Others ask for registration fees for conferences allegedly sponsored by UN agencies and for hotel reservations, again with the promise of certain benefits. Another type of scam proposes employment opportunities with UN agencies. These scams sometimes carry the UN logo, or logos of agencies of the UN System, and originate from or refer to e-mail addresses made to look like an agency or UN address.
 
UN Namibia wishes to warn the public of these misleading practices that do not originate from UN Namibia and are not, in any way associated with UN Namibia’s projects or events. UN Namibia strongly recommends that recipients of such solicitations verify
carefully their authenticity before sending any response.
 
In light of this, UN Namibia would like to request the Namibian public to alert UN Namibia by bringing suspect communications to our attention. UN Namibia and all its agencies would like to assure the Namibian public that:
 
• UN Namibia never asks for money for recruitment.
• UN Namibia does not charge a fee at any stage of its procurement process.
• UN Namibia does not charge registration fees for conferences or meetings.
• UN Namibia does not request or issue personal bank checks or any other type of money transfer at any stage of its procurement / recruitment process.
• UN Namibia does not request any information related to bank accounts or other private information prior to formal registration as a vendor.
• UN Namibia does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through telephone, e-mail, mail or fax.
 
Financial loss and identity theft can result from the transfer of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence. UN Namibia is not responsible for any such loss or theft.
 
Individuals suspicious of a scam are encouraged to report suspect communications to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security in Namibia (+264 61 2046111 / +264 81 1274629 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or to visit the UN House in Klein Windhoek, Namibia to verify claims. Victims of scams may also wish to report them to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Matangara factory opens in Walvis Bay

A businessman from Swakopmund and his partners opened a N.dollars 70 million matangara processing factory at Walvis Bay on Friday.
‘Matangara’ is the Oshiwambo word for tripe.
The AfricanDeli factory imports tripe from Europe, cooks and packages it for the local retail market.
Currently they have traditionally prepared tripe in gravy and chilli sauce, but they plan to add other flavours such as curry and chakalaka later this year. 
They also plan to export the product in the near future.
Speaking to reporters at the launch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Silvanus Kathindi said they also plan to chicken feet, trotters and lungs to their product line.
Fifty-five Namibians are employed at the factory as administration officers, cooks and labourers.
Kathindi said he realised the traditional food he grew up eating has become scarce, thus he opened the factory to preserve the culture.
He said they import the tripe because Namibia does not have the ability to supply the quantity they need.
The factory will initially process 100 metric tonnes of tripe a month, but this could increase as the market grows.
“We also do not want to kill the local market for those selling in small quantities in the street or butcheries, this is why we are sourcing from outside the country,” said the CEO.
Local suppliers are however welcome to approach AfricanDeli if their tripe is certified with the Namibian Standards Institution, which ensures the quality and standard of food, especially for the international market.
His message to aspiring entrepreneurs was that there are many business opportunities in Namibia which they can utilise.
“Do not be afraid to realise your dream. Just go for it with passion, perseverance and dedication,” he said.
(NAMPA)