Stevie® Awards Announce Winners in 19th Annual International Business Awards® from Across the Globe

3,700 Nominations Were Submitted from Organizations in 67 Nations

International Business Awards Winners

High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program.

Winners were selected from more than 3,700 nominations submitted by organizations in 67 nations.

A complete list of all 2022 Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners by category is available at

More than 300 executives worldwide participated on 11 juries to determine the Stevie winners.

The top winner of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards is HALKBANK of Istanbul, Turkey with 32. Other winners of multiple Stevie Awards include IBM Corporation (21), LLYC (20), Deutsche Post DHL (19), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (17), Viettel Group (17), OPET (15), Telkom Indonesia (13), ZER (13), Ayala Land Inc. (12), Ooredoo (12), Globe Telecom (10), PJ Lhuillier, Inc (PJLI) (10), Enerjisa Enerji (9), Wolters Kluwer (9), Strategic Public Relations Group (8), pH7 Communications (8), Tata Consultancy Services Inc. (8), Adfactors PR (8), Jeunesse Global (7), Bank of Montreal, (6), Canadian Tire Corporation (6), HeyMo The Experience Design Company (6), Octopus Energy (6), Sleepm Global Inc. (6), VUMI Group (6), and VNPT VinaPhone Corporation (6).

IBM, a multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, NY USA won nine Gold Stevie Awards, more than any other organization in the competition.

All organizations worldwide are eligible to compete in the IBAs, and may submit nominations in a wide range of categories for achievement in management, marketing, public relations, customer service, human resources, new products and services, technology, web sites, apps, events, and more.

The awards will be presented during a gala event in London, England on October 15, 2022.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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Expereo acquires Breeze Networks, further enhancing its SD-WAN/SASE practice and presence in the UK market

AMSTERDAM, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world’s leading provider of managed network solutions, Expereo, has announced the acquisition of Breeze Networks, a managed service provider of SD-WAN/SASE technologies. The acquisition fuels Expereo’s growth trajectory, further enhancing its SD-WAN/SASE practice, building on its expanding range of services to manage SD-WAN solutions at scale to partners and multinational enterprise customers across the globe.

This latest acquisition solidifies Expereo’s ambition to complement its managed network solutions with world-class advisory practice providing guidance to organizations on their global transformation to software-defined and internet-based networking. With the full support of majority investor Vitruvian Partners and minority investor Apax Partners SAS, Expereo intends to continue its acquisition strategy.

Breeze Networks is a managed service provider of cloud-based (SD-WAN) network connectivity and security solutions for enterprises and government agencies. An innovative and flexible network integrator, Breeze sources and manages the best SD-WAN networking and security solutions on the market.

As part of the acquisition, Expereo welcomes Matthew Lea, CTO of Breeze Networks as Technical Portfolio Lead. His expertise will be a great addition to the knowledge base of Expereo’s Technical team, led by CTO, Kristaps Petrovskis. Lea will drive Expereo’s expansion plans for its SD-WAN/SASE practice, solidifying the company’s presence in the UK market in his new role at Expereo.

“This acquisition comes at an exciting time, as we expand our SD-WAN services to address the growing need for agile, cost-effective cloud access and global network solutions in the market. With our shared vision to simplify global connectivity and provide world-class customer experience, the expertise of the team of professionals behind Breeze Networks will contribute great value as we join forces,” comments Irwin Fouwels, CEO of Expereo.

“Having recently worked with Expereo on a global deployment for one of our customers, we witnessed first-hand the shared values of both companies and commitment to providing excellence in delivery and customer service. We are excited about joining the Expereo family and are certain that the global reach and scale of Expereo will be a benefit to all of our stakeholders,” says George Cowan, Managing Director of Breeze Networks.

The rapid adoption of cloud-based applications and SD-WAN technologies puts Internet-based WANs at the center of multinational companies’ business models. Expereo is committed to simplifying the sourcing and management of such network solutions, whilst ensuring exceptional customer experience to cater to the needs of its MSP partners and multinational clients.

About Breeze Networks Ltd
Breeze Networks is a privately owned UK based supplier of SD-WAN based Network and Security Managed Services. Established in 2016 the company has designed and deployed a significant number of SD-WAN based global and regional networks to our customers in both the private sector and UK government agencies. The Breeze team have developed extensive knowledge and experience of best of breed SD-WAN/SASE products which allows us to help our customers on their Cloud transformation journeys.

About Expereo
Expereo is a leading global provider of managed network solutions including, Global Internet, SD-WAN/SASE, and Enhanced Internet. With an extensive global reach, Expereo is the trusted partner of 30% of Fortune 500 companies. It powers enterprise and government sites in more than 190 countries, helping customers improve productivity and empowering their networks and cloud services with the agility, flexibility and value of the Internet, with optimal network performance.

Expereo was acquired by Vitruvian Partners in April 2021. The international growth capital and buyout firm acquired a majority shareholding in Expereo from leading European private equity firm Apax Partners SAS.

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Expereo acquiert Breeze Networks, renforçant davantage ses activités et sa présence sur le marché britannique des technologies SD-WAN/SASE

AMSTERDAM, 15 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Expereo, fournisseur mondial de premier plan de solutions de réseau gérées, a annoncé l’acquisition de Breeze Networks, fournisseur de services gérés de technologies SD-WAN/SASE. Grâce à cette acquisition, Expereo poursuit ses perspectives de croissance en s’appuyant sur sa gamme croissante de services pour développer davantage les solutions SD-WAN/SASE et les gérer à grande échelle afin de servir les partenaires et les entreprises multinationales du monde entier.

Cette dernière acquisition renforce l’ambition d’Expereo de compléter ses solutions de réseau gérées en offrant ses services de conseil de classe mondiale aux organisations qui ont besoin d’être guidées sur leur transformation globale vers les réseaux définis par logiciel et basés sur Internet. Bénéficiant du soutien plein et entier de l’investisseur majoritaire, Vitruvian Partners, et de l’investisseur minoritaire Apax Partners SAS, Expereo compte bien poursuivre sa stratégie d’acquisition.

Breeze Networks est un fournisseur de services gérés de solutions de sécurité et de connectivité réseau (SD-WAN) basées sur le cloud à destination des entreprises et des agences gouvernementales. Intégrateur de réseau innovant et flexible, Breeze acquiert et gère les meilleures solutions de sécurité et de réseautage SD-WAN du marché.

Dans le cadre de cette acquisition, Matthew Lea, directeur technologique (CTO) de Breeze Networks, rejoint Expereo en tant que responsable du portefeuille technique. Son expertise enrichira les connaissances de l’équipe technique d’Expereo, dirigée par Kristaps Petrovskis, CTO. Dans le cadre de ses nouvelles fonctions chez Expereo, Matthew Lea dirigera les plans de croissance d’Expereo en matière de développement des solutions SD-WAN/SASE, de manière à consolider la présence de la société sur le marché britannique.

« Cette acquisition arrive à point nommé, alors que nous développons nos services SD-WAN pour répondre au besoin croissant d’un accès au cloud agile et rentable et de solutions de réseau mondiales sur le marché. Grâce à notre vision commune consistant à simplifier la connectivité mondiale et fournir une expérience client de classe mondiale, l’expertise des employés de Breeze Networks apportera une grande valeur ajoutée à notre équipe », a déclaré Irwin Fouwels, PDG d’Expereo.

« Ayant récemment travaillé avec Expereo sur un déploiement mondial pour l’un de nos clients, nous avons pu constater à cette occasion les valeurs communes partagées par les deux sociétés et notre engagement à fournir l’excellence dans la livraison et le service à la clientèle. Nous sommes ravis de rejoindre la famille Expereo et sommes convaincus que la portée et l’envergure mondiales d’Expereo seront un avantage pour toutes nos parties prenantes », a déclaré George Cowan, directeur général de Breeze Networks.

L’adoption rapide des applications basées sur le Cloud et des technologies SD-WAN place les WAN basés sur Internet au cœur des modèles d’affaires des sociétés multinationales. Expereo s’engage à simplifier l’approvisionnement et la gestion de ces solutions réseau, tout en assurant une expérience client exceptionnelle afin de répondre aux besoins de ses partenaires MSP et de ses clients multinationaux.

À propos de Breeze Networks Ltd
Basé au Royaume-Uni, Breeze Networks est un fournisseur privé de services gérés de sécurité et de réseau basés sur la technologie SD-WAN. Fondée en 2016, la société a développé et déployé un nombre important de réseaux mondiaux et régionaux basés sur la technologie SD-WAN, aussi bien pour des clients du secteur privé que des agences gouvernementales britanniques. L’équipe de Breeze a développé des connaissances et une expérience approfondies des produits SD-WAN/SASE de pointe, lui permettant d’aider ses clients tout au long de leurs parcours de transformation du Cloud.

À propos d’Expereo
Expereo est un fournisseur leader mondial de solutions de réseau gérées comprenant l’Internet mondial, la technologie SD-WAN/SASE, et l’Internet amélioré. Avec une vaste portée mondiale, Expereo est le partenaire de confiance de 30 % des entreprises figurant dans le palmarès Fortune 500. L’entreprise alimente les sites des entreprises et des gouvernements dans plus de 190 pays, aidant les clients à améliorer la productivité et à donner à leurs réseaux et services cloud l’agilité, la flexibilité et la valeur d’Internet, avec des performances réseau optimales.

Expereo a été acquise par Vitruvian Partners en avril 2021. La société internationale de capital de croissance et de rachat a acquis une participation majoritaire dans Expereo auprès du cabinet de capital-investissement européen de premier plan Apax Partners SAS.

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Expereo adquire Breeze Networks, aprimorando ainda mais sua prática e presença na SD-WAN/SASE no mercado do Reino Unido

AMSTERDÃ, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Expereo, principal provedora mundial de soluções de rede gerenciada, anunciou a aquisição da Breeze Networks, uma provedora de serviços gerenciados de tecnologias SD-WAN/SASE. A aquisição estimula a trajetória de crescimento da Expereo, aprimorando ainda mais sua prática de SD-WAN/SASE, com base na sua gama crescente de serviços de gerenciamento de soluções SD-WAN em escala para parceiros e clientes corporativos multinacionais em todo o mundo.

Esta aquisição solidifica a ambição da Expereo de complementar suas soluções de rede gerenciada com práticas de consultoria internacional, fornecendo orientação às organizações sobre sua transformação global em redes definidas por software e baseadas na Internet. Com o apoio total do investidor majoritário, Vitruvian Partners, e do investidor minoritário, Apax Partners SAS, a Expereo pretende dar continuidade à sua estratégia de aquisições.

A Breeze Networks é provedora de serviços gerenciados de soluções de conectividade e de segurança de rede baseada em nuvem (SD-WAN) para empresas e agências governamentais. Integradora de rede inovadora e flexível, a Breeze fornece e gerencia as melhores soluções de rede e de segurança SD-WAN do mercado.

Como parte da aquisição, Matthew Lea, CTO da Breeze Networks, passará a ser o Líder Técnico de Portfólio da Expereo. A experiência dele será uma grande adição à base de conhecimento da equipe técnica da Expereo, liderada pelo CTO, Kristaps Petrovskis. Na sua nova função na Expereo, Matthew Lea impulsionará os planos de expansão da prática SD-WAN/SASE, solidificando a presença da empresa no mercado do Reino Unido.

“Esta aquisição ocorre em um momento emocionante de expansão dos nossos serviços SD-WAN para atender à crescente necessidade de soluções ágeis e econômicas de acesso à nuvem e de rede global no mercado. Com nossa visão compartilhada de simplificar a conectividade global e de proporcionar experiência de classe mundial ao cliente, a expertise da equipe de profissionais da Breeze Networks contribuirá com grande valor para a nossa união”, comentou Irwin Fouwels, CEO da Expereo.

“Durante o nosso trabalho conjunto com a Expereo em uma implantação global de um de nossos clientes, pudemos observar os valores compartilhados de ambas as empresas e o compromisso de fornecer excelência na entrega e atendimento ao cliente. Estamos entusiasmados em ingressar na família Expereo e temos certeza de que o alcance e a escala globais da Expereo serão um benefício para todos os interessados”, disse George Cowan, Diretor Administrativo da Breeze Networks.

A rápida adoção de aplicativos com base na nuvem e tecnologias SD-WAN coloca as WANs com base na Internet no centro dos modelos de negócios das empresas multinacionais. A Expereo está empenhada em simplificar o fornecimento e a gestão de tais soluções de rede, garantindo ao mesmo tempo uma experiência excepcional do cliente para atender às necessidades dos seus parceiros MSP e clientes multinacionais.

Sobre a Breeze Networks Ltd
A Breeze Networks é fornecedora privada de Serviços Gerenciados de Rede e Segurança SD-WAN do Reino Unido. Fundada em 2016, a empresa projetou e implantou um número significativo de redes globais e regionais SD-WAN para nossos clientes no setor privado e nas agências governamentais do Reino Unido. A equipe da Breeze desenvolveu amplo conhecimento e experiência dos melhores produtos SD-WAN/SASE, o que nos permite ajudar nossos clientes nas suas jornadas de transformação na nuvem.

Sobre a Expereo
A Expereo é a principal provedora de soluções de rede gerenciada, inclusive de conectividade de Internet Global, SD-WAN/SASE e Internet Aprimorada. Com um extenso alcance global, a Expereo é a parceira de confiança de 30% das empresas Fortune 500. Ele capacita sites empresariais e governamentais em mais de 190 países, ajudando os clientes a melhorar a produtividade e capacitar suas redes e serviços em nuvem com a agilidade, flexibilidade e valor da Internet, com desempenho de rede ideal.

A Expereo foi adquirida pela Vitruvian Partners em abril de 2021. A empresa internacional de capital de expansão e de aquisição adquiriu a participação majoritária da Expereo da Apax Partners SAS, empresa líder europeia em patrimônio privado.

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Some 350 World Leaders From 157 Nations With Diplomatic Relations With North or South Korea Attended the August 11-15, Conference

International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World


UPF International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and

New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World

Condolences Expressed for late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

 International leaders at the Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) Summit 2022 and Leadership Conference affirmed their support for global peacebuilding, especially on the Korean Peninsula. Sessions addressed the universal right to religious freedom and called for more education of youth in Africa.

Some 350 world leaders from the 157 nations with diplomatic relations with either North or South Korea attended the August 11-15, 2022, conference, either in person or virtually, at Jamsil Lotte Hotel in Seoul, to discuss “Toward Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Toward a World Culture of Peace.” In his welcoming remarks, UPF Chairman Thomas G. Walsh expressed hope that the focus and vision for peace on the Korean Peninsula could be taken to a broader level, and that “the divided world be reconciled into one humanity and one global culture of peace.”

In addition to calling for peace, the leaders expressed deep condolences for the loss of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. UPF offered a video and floral tribute.

“My grandfather said the one thing people cannot go without is peace,” said Sheikh Mansour Diouf of the Murid Brotherhood in Senegal. “We are supposed to be brothers…” This sentiment was echoed by many of the religious leaders.

Korean reconciliation was a major theme, due to the passion of UPF co-founders, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who were born in what is now North Korea. In 1991, anti-communist Rev. Moon went to Pyongyang to meet communist North Korea leader Kim Il-sung. The two men embraced as brothers and agreed to launch various projects together. That unity underscores the hope to bring peace to the 80 million people on the Korean Peninsula, despite decades of division, said Dr. Michael Jenkins, President, UPF International.

Along with the conference, UPF organized a Fact-Finding Delegation for Peace on the Korean Peninsula with US officials and South Korean leaders. Amb. Joseph DeTrani, Special Envoy to the Six-Party Talks with DPRK (2003-2006); Amb. Harry Harris, a US Navy admiral who served as US Ambassador to South Korea from 2018 to 2021; (Ret.) Gen. Walter Sharp, who led US forces, the UN Command, and ROK-US Combined Forces Command (2008-2011); and Dr. Alexandre Mansourov, Adjunct Professor at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Studies at Georgetown University, offered their assessments. (Full details will be available at

“Idealism must be rooted in realism,” said Amb. Harris. He praised South Korea President Suk-yeol Yoon for his intentions “to make the US-ROK Alliance the centerpiece of his foreign policy,” as that means outreach to Japan as well as military readiness.

Former US President Donald Trump, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Dr. Sok Siphana, head of Asian Vision Institute, and former Taiwan Vice President Lu Hsiu-lien offered remarks on the need to achieve peace.

Protecting religious freedom worldwide was another major theme. Religious freedom is “the most important single topic on the planet,” said US House Speaker Newt Gingrich (1995-1999). That is because it presupposes God’s existence and God’s bestowing rights to humanity, and this forms the basis of freedom, he explained.

Religious freedom is key to security concerns, added US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2018-2021), recalling that he always left his Bible open on his desk for inspiration. “Nations that threaten others, like China and Iran” also “have death holds” on religious freedoms, he noted.

From Japan, lawyer Norishige Kondo of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) talked about “a serious crisis of religious freedom in our country.” He spoke of the surreal situation of Japan’s media transferring blame for the brutal assassination of Prime Minister Abe from the shooter to FFWPU. He discussed human rights violations against 4,300 FFWPU members, while FFWPU member Toru Goto talked about his kidnapping, 12-year confinement, and lawsuits against perpetrators.

Hon. Jan Figel, Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion, European Union (2016-2019), noted that while 84% of the world population claims religious affiliation, 79% live in countries “with high or very high obstacles to religious freedom.” Religious prejudice generates three evils—”intolerance, discrimination, and persecution,” said Dr. Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of the Center for Studies on New Religions in Italy.

A third major highlight was about strengthening peace and prosperity in Africa

The growing power of Africa—where the average age is 20—brings opportunities for education, jobs, encouraging peace, and protecting the environment, especially desertification. “It is imperative for us: We must train our youth so that they can resolutely take charge of their destiny,” said H.E. Brigi Rafini, Executive Secretary of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and former Prime Minister of Niger.

At an afternoon International Youth Leaders Conference, leaders from Malawi, Nigeria, Eswatini, Cape Verde, Somalia, DR Congo, and Niger discussed the importance of vocational training and character education for African youth. This was followed by the signing of an agreement to raise “youth for peace.”

In a separate session, Imboni Dr. Uzwi-Lezwe Radebe, founder of the Revelation Spiritual Home in South Africa, joined Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Hon. Issaka Sourwema, Minister of Religious and Customary Affairs of Burkina Faso; H.E. Rev. Nevers Mumba, Founder of the National Christian Coalition in Zambia; and Dr. Nokuzola Mndende, National Chairperson of the Council of African Religion in South Africa, to discuss a resolution to protect religious freedom in Africa. This resolution was subsequently signed.

Other highlights:

—The 40th Anniversary of The Washington Times. Chairman Thomas P. McDevitt, President and Executive Editor Christopher Dolan, and Opinion Editor Charles Hurt spoke of The Times’ impact and its dedication to accurate news and the ideals of freedom, faith, and family.

—The 60th Anniversary of The Little Angels. The world-famous children’s folk ballet company founded by Rev. and Mrs. Moon gave a beautiful special performance to the delight of conference participants.

Visionary Sessions on Peace, Family, Science, Media, Higher Education, Youth, and Religion. The HJ Academic Foundation hosted more than 50 academicians for stimulating discussions on topics such as a Unity of Science movement, Character Education and the University in the Next 100 Years, the God Conference and Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community, the Women’s Movement and Family, and CEN-SAD Conference on Youth Education.

—Resolutions: Summit leaders signed the Resolution for a Universal Peace Charter; a Declaration on the Universal Value of Religious Freedom; a resolution to promote interfaith cooperation within Africa; and an agreement between the CEN-SAD, UPF, International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP) and the Sunhak Educational Foundation to develop vocational training and character education for African youth.

—A special program to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the passing of the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. North Korean Premier Kim Jong-un sent flowers and a personal message to Mrs. Moon, said UPF International Director-General Dr. Yun Young-ho.

— The 5th THINK TANK 2022 Forum. Experts gathered to discuss concrete ideas on how to achieve reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. The forum will be broadcast at a future date.

Among the more than 100 distinguished speakers were: Senegal President Macky Sall; H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President, Nigeria; Hon. Mike Pence, US Vice President (2017-2021); Hon. Dan Burton, US Member of Congress (1983-2013); Beeland Interests Chairman Jim Rogers; Pastor Paula White-Cain, City of Destiny Church; Bishop Don Meares, the Evangel Cathedral; Hee-Taek Chung, President of the Segye Ilbo newspaper; H.E. Boris Tadic, President (2004-2012), Serbia; H.E. Yves Leterme, Prime Minister (2008, 2009-2011), Belgium; H.E. Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister (2006-2009), Israel; Hon. Neziha Labidi, Minister of Women, Family & Children (2016-2020), Tunisia; Hon. German Blanco Alvarez, Senator, Colombia; Hon. Grigore Novac, Member of Parliament, Moldova; Hon. Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, India; Mme. Adi Koila Nailatikau, First Lady (2009-2015), Fiji; H.E. Johnson Toribiong, President (2009-2013), Palau; Hon. Patricia Terrazas Baca, Member of Parliament, Mexico; Dr. Ann Higgins, President, World Dance Congress, Bahamas; Hon. Dave Laksono, Member of Parliament, Indonesia; Hon. Ross Robertson, Member of Parliament (1987-2014), New Zealand; and H.E. Jose Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission, (2004-2014).

For media inquiries:

William P. Selig
Communications Director
Universal Peace Federation
Ph: 240-274-1744


William P. Selig

Universal Peace Federation


Groot Aub residents distressed by lack of electricity provision

Residents of Groot Aub have expressed distress over the City of Windhoek’s (CoW) inability to provide them with electricity since the settlement was incorporated into the capital five years ago.

In September 2017, CoW incorporated Groot Aub under the Windhoek Rural electoral constituency, where currently all municipal services are provided by the City of Windhoek except electricity distribution, which is still the responsibility of the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower).

Speaking at a community meeting here recently, activist and resident of Groot Aub, Cecil Titus, said 80 per cent of households at the settlement do not have electricity despite several calls by residents for CoW to fast-track the provision of electricity.

Titus stressed that since the proclamation the provision of municipal services, especially electricity, was never realised, which led to illegal power connections from residents who acquired electricity when the settlement was under the Windhoek Khomas Regional Council and NamPower was accountable for the installation of electricity.

He noted that due to land scarcity, many people have flocked to Groot Aub for residential purposes, however, they are challenged by the lack of electricity installation.

“When Groot Aub was under the regional council, NamPower was responsible for the provision of electricity, however now that mandate is taken over by CoW we are suffering. We are tapping electricity from house to house and the risk involved is that almost every second day there is a power outage due to excessive demand,” he fumed.

CoW spokesperson, Harold Akwenye, in an interview with Nampa on Friday said the City has not taken over the electricity assets yet since 2017, noting that attempts have been made on several occasions to take over the electrical infrastructure of Groot Aub. These attempts were however unsuccessful as NamPower requires compensation for the asset alienation to CoW.

He explained that there is a verbal agreement between the housing, property management and human resettlement department and NamPower that all new electricity applications must be reconfirmed to allow for new electrical infrastructure to be installed according to the township layout plan of CoW.

“The council recently deliberated on how to fast-track the developments in Groot Aub.

The strategic executive for electricity at CoW will now again approach NamPower and other private entities in the extended boundaries of Windhoek to negotiate the take-over of electrical infrastructure assets,” he said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

FLM Ladies and Simonis Storm win WPP team time trials

Food Lovers Market ladies and Simonis Storm powered by the Hollard men’s team, were on Sunday crowned winners of the Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power (WPP) Team Time Trials (TTT) after clocking better times than their opponents.

The fifth leg of the WPP Race Series held its Team Time Trials at Carin Park, 15 kilometres north of Windhoek on the B1 road.

The trials saw six women’s teams competing in that category, while eight teams competed in the men’s category.

The Food Lovers Market ladies team, consisting of Anri Krugel, Melissa Hinz, Hester Prins, Michelle Doman and Bertha Theron, won the women’s WPP TTT after crossing the line in a time of 48 minutes and 35 seconds (48:35), which was over two minutes ahead of the second placed team.

Mannie’s Bike Makers Ladies came second in a time of (50:50), while Hollard Ladies crossed the line in a time of (52:08) to take up the last podium position.

The highest step on the podium in the men’s category was taken by Simonis Storm powered by the Hollard men’s team, who completed the 33-kilometre route in a time of 40:51. Ingram Cuff, Martin Freyer, Gerhard Mans, Heiko Diehl and Horst Neumann are the riders who represented the team.

The second position in the men’s category went to the Cymot Racing Men’s Team, who were three minutes and 14 seconds behind the winners with a time of 43:37, while Cymot Vets Men took the third position with a time of 44:54.

The 2022 edition of the Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power race series commenced in January at the Döbra Loops and continued to Dordabis, Matchless, Teufelsschlucht and Carin Park, and will conclude its race series on the Ovitoto road near Okahandja on Sunday.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

MTC equips State eye care centre

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Monday donated ophthalmological equipment worth N. dollars 750 000 to the Windhoek Central Hospital’s Eye Care Centre.

The donated equipment will enable the centre to treat more patients who require eye medical attention as the centre is fully booked for the rest of the year, while the waiting list is also full.

During the handover ceremony on Monday, Executive Director in the Ministry of Health, Ben Nangombe, stated that the ministry will roll out the equipment and utilise the consumables for the benefit of every Namibian patient in need.

Nangombe used the platform to thank the medical staff for their commitment and dedication to helping the public despite having to deal with a large number of patients on a daily basis, and encouraged them to continue prioritising the best interests of patients.

“The centre sees a high number of patients who have some form of visual impairment and this MTC equipment will go a long way toward assisting the centre in managing eye conditions experienced by our people. We are grateful to MTC for a goodwill act to benefit the health sector, particularly the eye care centre,” he said.

Tim Ekandjo, MTC’s Chief Human Capital, Corporate Affairs and Marketing Officer, stated that MTC is honoured to be collaborating with the health ministry, particularly the eye clinic.

“We appreciate and value the excellent work you are doing to restore our people’s vision. In the future, we will consider how we can use cutting-edge technology to aid the work of the centre,” he stated.

During the ceremony, it was revealed that an increase in vision problems among the younger population (from age 30 upwards) is being attributed to medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and unhealthy lifestyles, with cataract removals and refractive errors being commonly diagnosed conditions.

The eye clinic will continue to decentralise its service, with regional outreach teams holding eye camps in Caprivi, Kavango, Ohangwena, ||Kharas, Omusati, and Oshana.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

MICT unveils logo and theme for 32nd Heroes’ Day

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) on Monday unveiled the official logo and theme for the next five years of the Heroes’ Day commemoration.

The theme for the next five years is ‘Honouring Our Martyrs’. It honours and pays tribute to all who gave their all for the country’s liberty and independence.

The event was officiated here by MICT Executive Director, Audrin Mathe, who stated that preparations for this year’s Heroes’ Day commemoration are well underway, with various sub-committees on the ground in Mariental, where the event will take place on 26 August 2022 at the Mariental Show Grounds.

He stated that as part of the country’s commemoration, a new logo and theme are designed every five years to symbolise the country’s ongoing honouring of Namibian heroes and heroines.

According to Mathe, the features in this logo are two Namibian flags that represent peace, unity and common loyalty to the Namibian State.

He went on to say that the Eternal Flame represents the Namibian nation’s eternal remembrance of its heroes’ and heroines’ sacrifices, as well as the nation’s eternal gratitude to them and in memory of war victims.

He added that the silhouette of Three Soldiers represents Namibia’s armed struggle for independence.

“In order to commemorate this important day, all Namibian public and private institutions are encouraged to decorate their attire and work environments with this logo. In this regard, the government invites all Namibians from all walks of life, as well as visitors, to attend the 32nd Heroes’ Day in the Hardap Region,” he stated.

Members of the public will have access to transportation within the Hardap Region, with pick-up points to be announced later.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Families affected by poverty to benefit from vegetable gardens

Capricorn Foundation has pledged N.dollars 300 000 toward the start of the mass food gardening project planned by Christ’s Hope.

The contribution will assist children and families served by the organisation at three of its 10 care points to have access to nutritious, low-cost fruits and vegetables.

With approximately 58 per cent of Namibians experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity, according to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation report, organisations such as Christ’s Hope Namibia are looking into alternative ways to ensure orphaned and vulnerable children impacted by HIV and AIDS and poverty do not go hungry at their centres.

Hannelie Turner, Country Team Leader of Christ’s Hope International Namibia, told this agency on Monday that Christ’s Hope team and centre staff will support the Okahandja community garden, and the children at the centre will maintain it with the staff.

Furthermore, 10 low-income families have been identified to participate in the pilot project, which will provide training and tools.

Turner said the organisation will help them start their own gardens, and that the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has agreed to provide discounted water that will be trucked in and used through irrigation pipelines.

“With poverty and rising food prices, we needed to consider alternative sustainable solutions. With Capricorn Foundation’s seed funding, we can ensure that we continue to provide good food to those we support despite the uncertain times,” she said.

In Oshikuku, Keetmanshoop and Okahandja, the three gardens are expected to benefit 637 children and 380 families. Okahandja’s first garden is set to produce fresh fruit and vegetables in November of this year.

Capricorn Foundation Executive Director, Marlize Horn said vegetable gardening is an important method of ensuring a sustainable supply of nutritious food for the majority of vulnerable communities.

“We are delighted to assist Christ’s Hope in establishing these gardens and ensuring a long-term and sustainable impact on the surrounding communities. We are excited to see how the three community gardens will catalyse positive change in their respective environments, and look forward to the first harvest in November,” she stated.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Over 90 per cent on CoW’s housing list earn below N.dollars 8 000

The City of Windhoek (CoW) has revealed that 93.9 per cent of the 17 487 home seekers on the City’s housing waiting list earn below N.dollars 8 000.

A document containing council’s minutes for a meeting held on 10 August, indicated that 16 425 people on the waiting list earn below N.dollars 8 000, while 791 earn between N.dollars 8 000 and N.dollars 15 000, 193 earn between N.dollars 15 000 and N.dollars 25 000, and only 78 earn N.dollars above 25 000.

It said 88 per cent of the prospective purchasers have been on the waiting list for more than 15 years, and that the number of people seeking housing opportunities by way of registration on the waiting list for land decreased between 2015 and 2022.

The document further revealed that between 2000 and 2004, 4 514 people were on the waiting list, while between 2005 and 2009, 4 828 people registered for housing. Between 2010 and 2015, a total of 5 996 also sought housing, with only 2 149 registered from 2015 and 2022.

“In an effort to meet the ever-growing need for land and housing, CoW has availed N.dollars 4.7 million to build eight three-bedroom houses under the recently approved pilot Council Affordable Programme, aimed at providing affordable houses to first-time buyers on the waiting list for land and the waiting list for those who registered to lease municipal houses,” it read.

The City of Windhoek said the construction of eight houses in Khomasdal expands affordable housing in the capital, and the completion of the houses in August 2022 will “mark a milestone in Council’s endeavours to deliver affordable housing to residents and will go a long way in assuring residents of the Council’s commitments in following through on its promises.”

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Old Mutual SEED initiative recognises three Keetmanshoop entrepreneurs

Three Keetmanshoop entrepreneurs were awarded N.dollars 85 000 as part of the Old Mutual Sustainable, Economic and Empowerment Drive (OM SEED) initiative.

Berta Boois of Caring Hearts Brick Making Project took third place and received N.dollars 10 000, while Jonathan Freyer of Porklands Keetmanshoop won second place and received N.dollars 25 000.

Unomasa Kavita of Kavita Sports Performance won the first prize of N.dollars 50 000.

The second edition of the OM SEED initiative was completed on 11 August 2022 by Old Mutual Namibia, Launch Namibia, the Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Accelerator Lab.

In a media release issued on Monday, Mufaro Nesongano, Manager for Communications and Old Mutual Foundation, stated that the team visited various communities in Windhoek, Keetmanshoop and Oshakati to educate them about OM SEED.

According to him, this resulted in over 800 applications from the three towns.

“After completing the Windhoek edition of OM SEED, we travelled to Keetmanshoop where we had the opportunity to engage with 60 excited and determined entrepreneurs, each fighting for their opportunity to grow their business,” Nesongano said.

He said the various ideas pitched by the entrepreneurs made the team realise the need for more initiatives aimed at Namibia’s grassroots businesses.

During the Keetmanshoop edition, entrepreneurs received business, financial, entrepreneurship and leadership training to help scale their businesses.

“Not only will the Keetmanshoop winners be given the opportunity to grow their businesses, but they will also be incubated for three months to help them use their training and capital in the most effective way to better position their businesses in the market,” Nesongano explained.

Winner Kavita was quoted as saying: “I saw a gap in the market in the south, where our athletes have no facility or coach to help them elevate their performance. Kavita Sports Performance provides a conducive and safe environment for athletes to train. We also assist in the development of our athletes from a young age so that they can one day represent Namibia internationally. This money will have a huge impact on our company.”

Shortlisted candidates for Oshakati will receive training on 17 and 18 August 2022.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Rundu police in search of man in alleged rape incident at Vhungu-Vhungu

The police at Rundu are looking for a man who is alleged to have assaulted and raped a 16-year-old girl at Vhungu-Vhungu village in the Kavango East Region on Saturday.

Namibian Police Force Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Kavango East Region, Deputy Commissioner Bonifatius Kanyetu on Monday said the victim was on her way home from a local bar when she was attacked.

“She was attacked by an unknown man who hit her with an unknown object on her forehead. She sustained a serious cut. The suspect then allegedly dragged her into the field and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent,” he said.

The victim was admitted to the Rundu State Hospital and is in critical condition, while the suspect is yet to be arrested.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Four arrested for alleged cattle theft near Otavi

Four suspected cattle rustlers were arrested on a commercial farm near Otavi on Friday and Saturday after they allegedly illegally sold 69 Bonsmara and Santa Gertrudis cattle from the farm over four months.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha, in an interview with Nampa on Monday said the male suspects are aged 25, 27, 34 and 52 and are cattle herders at Farm Hohental, where they also reside.

“The total loss on these 69 Bonsmara and Santa Gertrudis cattle is nearly N.dollar 1.2 million,” said Mbeha.

She further explained that the suspects between May and August this year allegedly loaded cattle from the farm illegally by using an outside accomplice, who transported the animals to an auction pen at Otavi, where they were sold.

The 41-year-old farm owner who opened the case does not reside on the farm as he owns another private commercial farming area situated about 35 kilometres away from Hohental, Mbeha said.

Their arrest was only made possible after a tip-off from a member of the public, who informed the owner and the police on 08 August 2022 that several cattle were being loaded from the farm, Mbeha said.

A stock count was then launched by the owner on Farm Hohental, and it was then allegedly discovered that about 70 cattle were missing, Mbeha added.

The suspects were arrested on charges of stock theft and are expected to appear in the Otavi Magistrate’s Court this week.

So far no recovery has been made and police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Swapo Party members in the Otjozondjupa Region

Swapo Party members in the Otjozondjupa Region on Sunday elected Imms Namaseb as their new regional political party coordinator.

The 59-year-old Namaseb obtained 34 votes out of the 66 votes cast at the internal regional elective conference which took place at Otjiwarongo.

Namaseb replaces Susan Hikopua, who was the Otjozondjupa Regional Swapo Party coordinator since 2012.

The conference also elected Elizabeth Shinana as the information, publicist and mobilisation officer, while Patrick Xoagub retained his position as treasurer.

The three top regional leaders are expected to serve their party for a period of five years.

Hilda Jesaja, Marlayn Mbakera, Clive Kavendjii and James Uerikua were also elected by their regional conference on Sunday to the party congress, which is planned for November this year, where they will contest along with other regional representatives who wish to serve in Swapo’s highest decision-making organ.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency