INGOT Brokers Obtains FSCA License and Opens New Office in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire – INGOT RSA (PTY) LTD (“INGOT Brokers”) today announces its official Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) license in South Africa and first physical office in Africa’s most industrialized and technologically advanced country. This long-awaited step results from INGOT Brokers’ unwavering efforts to strengthen its worldwide presence while presenting premium trading services to all investors.

The FSCA regulates and supervises market conduct for all financial institutions providing a financial product and/or service in South Africa as defined in the Financial Sector Regulation Act No. 9 of 2017 (FSRA). Consequently, this acquisition allows INGOT to further realize its mission of raising investor awareness by offering guidance on smart trading and risk management, as well as fostering a healthy investment environment that enables traders to achieve their financial goals with utmost safety and security.

“Recently,” said INGOT Brokers Director Hossam Abdelaziz, “we have been adamantly working on acquiring this FSCA license, and our efforts have now paid off. Obtaining such licenses is no easy feat as they have very stringent compliance requirements specifically placed to protect customers. However, our core mission is providing our clients around the world with innovative trading services in a safe environment, which is exactly why we sought authorization from the FSCA and will continue to pursue similar licenses.”

“I am truly proud that our company has achieved this significant milestone,” said INGOT Brokers Chief Sales Officer Athol Nourse, “which was made possible due to the dedication and commitment of INGOT Brokers’ incredible team. Receiving the FSCA license is the first step toward fulfilling our goal of penetrating the African market and growing our client base in the continent. We are optimistic about expanding our operations there and confident that it will present many new opportunities. It is indeed a very exciting time to be part of INGOT Brokers!”

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INGOT RSA (PTY) LTD, trading as INGOT Brokers, is an authorized financial services provider (FSP 51008).

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African Leadership: World Must Double Down on Climate Adaptation to Secure Africa

Africa Adaptation Summit outlines 5-point “Adaptation Delivery Breakthrough” for the key UN climate conference in Egypt (COP27) this November and $55 million of new funding to mobilize over $5 billion in climate adaptation action projects for Africa

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — African and global leaders joined the Africa Adaptation Summit at the Global Center on Adaptation, outlining the most critical elements of the global community’s response to the climate crisis that heavily affects Africa as the world’s most exposed region, two months ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (COP27).

Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) said:

“Africa is unstoppable. But Africa is ground zero for the global climate breakdown. Nobody benefits if Africa fails to tackle it. Climate fallout in Africa cannot be contained so adaptation action can and must scale at breakneck speed across the continent. The world has to double down on adaptation at the UN climate summit in Egypt just weeks away.”

He added that “We need an adaptation delivery breakthrough for Africa at COP27. That means adaptation finance visibly flowing in Africa. It means the financial ask on wealthy nations for the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program and its Upstream Financing Facility is delivered by COP27. If we fail, all the progress of Glasgow’s COP is at risk.”

The Summit’s five-point Communique highlighted that Africa was at a tipping point due to being most exposed to the food crisis triggered by the Ukraine conflict as well as the frontline of the global climate breakdown. It underscored that Success at COP27 will depend on whether the needs of Africa, the world’s most climate-vulnerable continent, are met, with finance flowing into key country-led adaptation programs such as the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).

Macky Sall, President of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Union said:

“You have to adapt or die. We do not have the choice. Our time to act is coming to an end. Africa must prioritize adaptation. Africa needs to invest massively in adaptation and resilience. As Chairperson of the African Union, I urge Africa’s development partners to fully fund the AAAP and make it an exemplary model of what is possible when we collaborate. This impact will be enhanced through your support to the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility and the African Development Bank’s Climate Action under the ADF Replenishment. The AAAP is what delivers on the vision of the Africa Adaptation Initiative.”

“COP26 marked a breakthrough thanks to your determination to put adaptation on the global agenda by doubling adaptation finance. Now, with your help, we must keep that promise. With your support, the AAAP can make this vision a reality,” concluded President Macky Sall.

The Summit highlighted that Africa is warming faster than other regions. Its underlying socio-economic vulnerabilities also mean that nine out of ten of the world’s most vulnerable countries are in Africa, where food expenses make up 75% of the income of the continent’s poorest groups when more than a fifth of all Africans are already food insecure. The number of Africa’s poorest nations at high risk of debt distress has also tripled in the past decade.

President Akufo Addo of Ghana and Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) said:

“If we want Africa to thrive, we must adapt to climate change. Africa must close the adaptation financing gap. We cannot wait. I look forward to the swift implementation of the AAAP. The fate of our continent and the planet depends upon it.” President Akufo Addo also highlighted adaptation priorities for COP27 including calling for “a standalone implementation plan of the COP26-agree doubling of adaptation funding by 2025. It’s time to turn words into deeds and ambition into action. Crucially, we expect progress and we expect to see how funds will flow into country-led programs like the AAAP.”

President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and co-host of the PreCOP27 said:

“We are here because we believe the AAAP is needed not just for Africa, but for the world. When Africa wins, the world wins. We cannot let Africa be held back and undermined by the climate crisis. We need partnership to forge a resilient future. With an African COP this year, we cannot miss out on a win for Africa on climate. To secure that win, we need to at minimum see the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility mobilized, positioning the AAAP to drive the full $25 billion in adaptation projects on the ground.” He added that “our Pre-COP meeting in Kinshasa next month aims to springboard the priorities of Africa and the most vulnerable nations to center-stage at COP27. As a part of the Pre-COP we will also host the CVF’s high level Forum of Vulnerable Nations event because this is the voice that matters the most in the climate crisis.”

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, said:

“The Glasgow decision urges developed countries to collectively double adaptation funding by 2025. This must be delivered in full, as a base line. Developed countries need to provide, by COP27, a clear roadmap of how and when they will deliver on this commitment.”

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations also underscored that delivery on adaptation finance will be a “litmus test” for countries honouring their end of the Glasgow Pact, and joined the call for COP27 to deliver a breakthrough on implementation for adaptation.

The Summit at the GCA’s floating headquarters in Rotterdam harbour announced US$55 million in new contributions from the United Kingdom ($23m), Norway ($15m), France ($10m), Denmark ($7m), among other supporters to the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility managed by the GCA, whose 1:100 leverage ratio will influence over 5 billion in climate adaptation investments across Africa. The Upstream Financing Facility was described by GCA Chair and 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon as the “transmission belt” for the best global and regional knowledge and innovation directly to large-scale investment projects in Africa.

Donors announcing new funding commitments to the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility at the Summit further commented, as follows:

President of COP26 Alok Sharma:

“COP26 was an important milestone for adaptation, but we have to pick up the pace and turn commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact into urgent action if we’re to protect those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

As agreed at COP26, developed nations need to at least collectively double climate adaptation finance to developing countries by 2025.

Public finance will not be enough, which is why initiatives such as the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme are key to mobilising private sector engagement and investment for adaptation.”

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Minister of International Development, Norway:

“Norway has committed to double our climate finance and at least triple support to adaptation by 2026. For Norway, GCA is a key partner in advancing the climate adaptation and food security agenda. We welcome GCA’s cooperation with the African Development Bank on the AAAP. AAAP’s objectives are fully in line with our priorities. How can we – together – minimize the risk of climate disasters? How can we make food systems more resilient – making the most vulnerable better placed to cope with the next drought, flood or plague? How can we – at the same time – create much needed jobs, especially for the youth? AAAP is definitely an important part of the answer. I would therefore encourage more partners to join our efforts.”

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, France:

“France remains highly committed to tackling climate change and supporting adaptation in African countries. On behalf of President Macron, I am proud to announce our decision to invest 10 million euros in the AAAP’s Upstream Financing Facility. This effort should leverage a total of 1 billion euros of adaptation investments, and support concrete local improvements in environmental quality and resilience.”

Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark, :

“Denmark has set a clear goal: 60% of our climate aid will help developing countries to adapt to climate change. In total, Denmark expects to give at least 1% of the collective target of 100bn I hope this can pave the way for massive investments in adaptation and green energy in Africa. And Denmark will continue to do our part. We are deeply committed to meet climate challenges, and to deliver on our promises.”

Over seventy leaders from the international climate and development community attended the Dialogue which concluded with a Communique adopted in the presence of the Dialogue’s Co-Conveners, Chair of the GCA Board, Ban Ki-moon; CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation, Professor Patrick Verkooijen; African Union President Macky Sall of Senegal; Climate Vulnerable Forum Chair President Akufo Addo of Ghana; PreCOP27 host President Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Co-Chair of the GCA Board, Feike Sijbesma.

The following are the five points of the Africa Adaptation Summit’s Communique:

  1. Africa at a tipping point: The international community needs to reckon with the multiple economic, climate and health crises that are pressuring Africa.
  2. Most vulnerable continent: Africa is the most vulnerable continent to the consequences of the climate crisis.
  3. Adaptation Finance Doubling Implementation: Progress and transparency on the COP26 agreement to doubling international finance for adaptation by 2025 through delivery into the country programs of the most vulnerable will be central to the success of COP27.
  4. Capitalizing Africa’s Adaptation Program (AAAP): COP27 is the opportunity for the international community to show solidarity with the bold adaptation efforts of the world’s most vulnerable continent by closing in on the outstanding resourcing need for the African Development Fund (ADF) climate action window.
  5. Delivering the AAAP Upstream Facility: Making available the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility’s full resourcing needs by COP27 positions the AAAP itself to drive its full ambition into adaptation projects on the ground across Africa, a headline deliverable for the “African COP.”

In closing remarks Feike Sijbesma, Co-Chair of the GCA, noted:

“Investments in global climate adaptation cooperation are a big opportunity for countries like the Netherlands to share some of our best innovations with those who need them the most. The AAAP will be a crucial vehicle for triggering far greater business investment across Africa into green and resilient solutions. This is a collective effort, we need every sector, every contribution possible to see off the climate crisis in Africa, and the private sector, in particular, has a massive role to play.”

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About the Global Center on Adaptation

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization which works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. Founded in 2018, the GCA is hosted by the Netherlands, working from its headquarters in Rotterdam with a knowledge and research hub based in Groningen. The GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China. Through this evolving network of offices and global and regional GCA teams, the organization engages in high-level policy activities, new research contributions, communications, and technical assistance to governments and the private sector.

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Anaqua annonce un changement de direction dans la région Asie-Pacifique

Shinji Tokunaga devient Président & Directeur Général pour le Japon

BOSTON, 06 sept. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, le leader mondial de l’innovation et des technologies de gestion de la propriété intellectuelle (PI), a annoncé aujourd’hui un changement dans son équipe de direction dans la région Asie-Pacifique alors qu’elle poursuit sa trajectoire de croissance à long terme. Shinji Tokunaga a rejoint Anaqua depuis le 1er septembre 2022, en tant que Président & Directeur Général, Japon. Karen Taylor, Directrice Générale, Asie-Pacifique, quittera la société, après avoir dirigé la croissance d’Anaqua dans la région pendant plus de cinq ans.

« Je tiens à remercier Karen pour son leadership et son engagement envers nos clients, collègues et parties prenantes », a déclaré Bob Romeo, PDG d’Anaqua. « Karen a eu un impact fort sur le développement de notre activité et le positionnement d’Anaqua pour la croissance future, ainsi qu’en tant que membre de notre équipe de direction mondiale. »

Tokunaga-san a récemment occupé le poste de directeur représentatif et de PDG de Global Open Network Japan, Inc. où il a dirigé l’ensemble des opérations, ainsi que le développement et la commercialisation d’une nouvelle activité de plateforme de services de paiement utilisant la technologie blockchain. Avant Global Open Network Japan, Tokunaga-san a occupé des postes de direction chez Akamai Technologies, Attachmate, Novell Japan et Borland. Tokunaga-san est titulaire d’une licence en arts de l’université Hosei.

« Anaqua est une société impressionnante, et je suis très heureux de rejoindre l’équipe. La propriété intellectuelle est un atout essentiel pour les entreprises, et nous avons une grande opportunité d’aider nos clients à tirer plus de valeur de leurs portefeuilles », a déclaré Tokunaga.

« Nous sommes très heureux d’avoir quelqu’un avec la vaste expérience de Tokunaga-san à la tête de l’entreprise et de superviser notre prochaine étape de croissance et d’investissement au Japon », a ajouté Romeo. « Son expérience avérée le met en bonne position pour diriger nos équipes interfonctionnelles et établir des partenariats avec nos clients actuels et futurs sur le marché. Je suis fier de ce que nous avons accompli au Japon jusqu’à présent et je suis enthousiaste pour ce qui reste à venir. »

À propos d’Anaqua

Anaqua, Inc. est un fournisseur de premier plan de solutions et services technologiques intégrés de gestion de la propriété intellectuelle (PI). Ses logiciels, AQX et PATTSY WAVE, combinent les meilleurs outils pour définir une stratégie de propriété intellectuelle avisée. Ses technologies, qui reposent notamment sur des workflows et des capacités d’analyses avancés, offre un environnement de travail intelligent conçu pour une prendre de meilleures décisions et optimiser les opérations de PI. Aujourd’hui, près de la moitié des 100 premiers déposants de brevets américains et des marques mondiales, ainsi qu’un nombre croissant de cabinets de conseils dans le monde utilisent les solutions Anaqua. Plus d’un million de décideurs, avocats, parajuristes, gestionnaires et innovateurs utilisent la plateforme pour leurs besoins de gestion de la PI. Le siège de la société est situé à Boston, avec des bureaux aux Etats-Unis, en Europe et en Asie. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter le site anaqua.com, ou LinkedIn.

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Anaqua Announces Executive Leadership Changes in the Asia-Pacific Region

Shinji Tokunaga Joins as President & General Manager, Japan

BOSTON, Sept. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, the leading global innovation and intellectual property (IP) management technology provider, today announced changes to its executive leadership team in the Asia-Pacific region as it continues on its long-term growth trajectory. Shinji Tokunaga joined Anaqua effective September 1, 2022, as President & General Manager, Japan. Karen Taylor, General Manager, Asia Pacific, will be leaving the company, having led Anaqua’s growth in the region for over five years.

“I want to thank Karen for her leadership and commitment to our customers, colleagues, and stakeholders,” said Anaqua CEO Bob Romeo. “Karen has been influential in developing our business and positioning Anaqua for future growth as well as serving as a member of our global leadership team.”

Tokunaga-san most recently served as Representative Director and CEO of Global Open Network Japan, Inc., where he led the entire operation, and the development and commercialization of a new payment service platform business using blockchain technology. Prior to Global Open Network Japan, Tokunaga-san held leadership positions at Akamai Technologies, Attachmate, Novell Japan, and Borland. Tokunaga-san holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hosei University.

“Anaqua is an impressive company, and I am excited to join the team. Intellectual property is a critical asset for companies, and we have a great opportunity to help our clients derive more value from their portfolios,” said Tokunaga.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Tokunaga-san’s extensive experience leading the business and overseeing our next stage of growth and investment in Japan,” Romeo added. “His proven track record positions him well to lead our cross-functional teams and partner with our existing and future clients in the market. I am proud of what we have accomplished in Japan thus far and I am excited for what is yet to come.”

About Anaqua

Anaqua, Inc. is a premium provider of integrated intellectual property (IP) management technology solutions and services for corporations and law firms. Its IP management software solutions, AQX and PATTSY WAVE, both offer best practice workflows with big data analytics and tech-enabled services to create an intelligent environment designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision-making, and streamline IP operations, tailored to each segment’s need. Today, nearly half of the top 100 U.S. patent filers and global brands, as well as a growing number of law firms worldwide use Anaqua’s solutions. Over one million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and innovators use the platform for their IP management needs. The company’s global operations are headquartered in Boston, with offices across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. For additional information, please visit anaqua.com, or on LinkedIn.

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The Number of UnionPay Card Issuance Markets to Reach 77

The UnionPay Acceptance Network has extended to 181 Countries and Regions

LUSAKA, Zambia, Sept. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — UnionPay International (UPI) recently announced its partnership with National association of Savings and Credit Unions (NASCU), the apex organisation for all financial cooperatives in Zambia, to issue 700,000 UnionPay cards within three years. This marks the first time that UnionPay cards are rolled out in the country, extending UnionPay’s card issuing footsteps to 77 countries and regions globally.

The NASCU of Zambia will issue UnionPay chip cards to empower local citizens who were previously cash-dependent to have easy, secure, and convenient payment experiences for their daily lives and enable them to transact overseas.

Currently, nearly 190 million UnionPay cards have been issued outside the Chinese mainland.  In the Asia-Pacific region, one in every four new bank cards in the region is branded UnionPay. UnionPay accounts for over 90% of debit cards in circulation in Hong Kong and Macao SAR. In UAE, Kenya, the Philippines and other places, UnionPay card is also the payroll cards, student cards and citizen card of local residents. This year, more than 13 million UnionPay cards have been issued outside mainland China. The volume of transactions made with these cards has exceeded the level before the pandemic.

The acceleration of business localization is based on UPI’s effort in extending and enhancing its overseas acceptance network. In August, UnionPay International joined hand with Cardnet, the largest acquirer in the Dominican Republic, to enable UnionPay acceptance at all Cardnet merchants. This is the first time that UnionPay card services are made available in the country. The UnionPay acceptance network has thus extended to 181 countries and regions, covering more than 37 million merchants outside the Chinese mainland.

In the first half of this year, more than 1.7 million merchants outside the Chinese mainland enabled UnionPay acceptance, significantly improving the user experience in Europe, North America, and other places, and the number of online UnionPay merchants increased to 22 million. Mobile payment services have been developing rapidly, with 13 million merchants in 95 countries and regions outside the Chinese mainland supporting UnionPay QR or mobile QuickPass. The latest survey by Juniper Research, a British consulting firm, shows that UPI has become one of the global leaders in QR payment.

Swapo Politburo nominates top leadership candidates

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, together with Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, were nominated for the position of vice president at a Swapo Party Political Bureau meeting held on Monday.

The same meeting also nominated incumbent, Sophia Shaningwa and Swapo Regional Coordinator for the Oshikoto Region, Armas Amukwiyu for the position of secretary heneral.

The deputy secretary-general portfolio will be contested by Members of Parliament Lucia Witbooi, Eveline Nawases-Taeyele and Swapo Party Kavango West Regional Coordinator, Dawid Hamutenya.

A media statement issued by Shaningwa on Tuesday said only the position of the Swapo Party president will not be contested and that current president of the party, Hage Geingob, will be going into the congress unchallenged.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Tomatoes Namibia’s highest import in July

Namibia imported tomatoes worth N.dollars 24.6 million making it the largest commodity imported during July 2022.

The trade statistics bulletin for July 2022 released by the Namibia Statistics Agency on Tuesday said tomatoes imported value in July increased by a notable 251.1 per cent as compared to July 2021.

The report said Namibia’s imports stood at N.dollars 11.6 billion, while exports stood at N.dollars 7.3 billion resulting in the country’s trade deficit of N.dollars 4.3 billion. Overall the country’s total trade for July 2022 stood at N.dollars 18.9 billion.

“South Africa remained Namibia’s largest source of imports with a share of 36.2 per cent of the value of all goods received into the country during the month,” it said.

Peru was Namibia’s second largest source of imports with a contribution of 12.0 per cent, while Oman came in third place accounting for 6.7 per cent, followed by Bulgaria and India contributing 6.3 and 5.6 per cent, respectively.

The report further noted that diamonds had the largest share of 25.3 per cent in Namibia’s total exports, followed by fish which stood at 10.6 per cent, while uranium accounted for 7.5 per cent and non-monetary gold and petroleum oils came in fourth and fifth positions accounting for 7.3 and 7.0 per cent, respectively.

It further indicated that Botswana remained the country’s largest export destination, with a share of 20.5 per cent of all goods exported followed by South Africa with a share of 19.8 per cent, while China, Zambia and the Netherlands also formed part of Namibia’s top five export markets.

“The vast amount of goods exported left the country by sea, accounting for 35.0 per cent of total exports, followed by air transport with 33.5 per cent and road transport with 31.4 per cent,” it noted.

The report also revealed that the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) emerged as the largest export market contributing 40.3 per cent of total exports, while the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranked second with a relative market share of 26.2 per cent and the European Union and Southern African Development Community (SADC) markets accounted for 21.2 and 17.8 per cent, respectively.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) market absorbed 16.4 per cent of Namibia’s total exports, it said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Traditional healer arrested for alleged possession of python skin

A 45-year-old traditional healer was arrested at Otjiwarongo on Monday after he was allegedly found in possession of a dried python skin.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson for the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha, in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday said the suspect claimed to be a traditional healer who has been operating in the areas of Otjiwarongo, Oshakati and Windhoek for a long time.

“We arrested him after he could not give us a satisfactory answer when asked why he was keeping a 2.5-metre-long dried python skin in his bag,” said Mbeha.

The police officer further stated that the skin, which is valued at N.dollars 15 000, still looks fresh.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of possession of controlled and protected wildlife products.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Police arrest 148 for illicit drugs in August

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) arrested 148 suspects for allegedly dealing in illicit drugs valued at N.dollars 2 million in August 2022.

A media statement issued on Tuesday by NamPol said the suspects involved 136 Namibians, six Angolans and one national each of Congo, Tanzania, Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

The police said the illicit drugs seized amounted to N.dollars 2 035 904.

It included 194 666 kilogrammes of cannabis valued at over N.dollars 1.9 million; 523 Mandrax tablets worth about N.dollars 63 000; 39 grams of cocaine powder worth N.dollars 19 500 and 70 units of crack cocaine.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

WHO Namibia Biennial Report 2020 – 2021

The 2020/2021 Biennial report mirrors WHO Namibia’s support towards the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic which strained the health system and threatened lives and livelihoods across the life course. It demonstrates the country office resilience and adaptability to the prevailing COVID-19 health emergency while maintaining its support and commitment towards the implementation of the 3rd Generation Country Cooperation Strategy (CCSIII).

The report provides an overview of the key achievements under the three (3) Strategic Priorities in line with WHO’s global strategic framework, the 13th General Programme of Work:

• Strategic Priority 1: More People with Health Coverage

• Strategic Priority 2: More People Made Safer

• Strategic Priority 3: More People Lives/Health Improved

The report further provides insight on the strategic leadership of the country office especially in relation to the United Nations preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its support to the government of Namibia.

Source: World Health Organization

DP World Lions win 2022 Global Namibia T-20 series

DP World Lions won the inaugural 2022 Global Namibia Twenty-Twenty (T-20) tri-series by defeating Lahore Qalandars by five wickets at the Wanderers Cricket Grounds in Windhoek on Monday.

Lahore Qalandars won the toss and elected to bat, posting 185 runs for the fill of five wickets (185/5) in 20 overs.

Qalandars number five batsman Ahsan Hafeez Bhatti scored 71 runs not out from 42 balls after smashing two fours and six sixes.

He was assisted by Shane Dadswell, who scored 33 runs from 21 balls, while captain Hamza Nazar knocked 22 off 28 balls.

In response, the man of the match, Reeza Hendricks, scored 94 runs not out from 59 balls, smashing 10 fours and three sixes.

Number six batter Bjorn Fortuin scored 26 runs, while Mitchell van Vuuren scored 23 runs.

Fast bowler Ayavuya Myoli was the toast of the bowlers for DP World Lions, as he took three wickets for 26 runs in four overs, while Malusi Siboto and Tladi Bokako each took one wicket.

Lahore Qalandars Captain Nazar said they knew it was going to be a challenging game, but he was happy with the way his team played.

“They (DP World Lions) were just the lucky team on the day. The tournament was good for us, we enjoyed it and there was high-level cricket displayed by the teams involved. I am hoping that we come back again because we leave here with many great memories,” he said.

DP World Lions captain, Siboto, said his team could have played better, especially the bowling part.

“They (Qalandars) put us under pressure but I am happy we managed to figure our way out and win. As for the whole tour, I would say we achieved what we came for by 80 per cent, even though we won the tournament. There is always room for improvement,” he said.

The tri-series also featured Namibia, who won a single match and lost three, thereby failing to reach the finals.

Attention now switches to the two 50-over games between Namibia and the Qalandars scheduled for Wednesday and Friday.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Brave Gladiators win, await fate

Brave Gladiators on Tuesday strode to an easy 2-0 victory over Lesotho in the final game of Group B at the ongoing Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Senior Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The Gladiators scored in each half through Memory Ngonda, whose curling left foot shot outside the 18-yard area slipped through the hands of the Lesotho goalkeeper Mamakhabane Makibinyane in the 17th minute.

Captain Zenatha Coleman added the second goal four minutes into the second half as her shot, also from outside the 18-yard box, beat Makibinyane all systems out to make it 2-0.

The Gladiators started sluggishly as they misplaced their passes with ease while failing to launch any sustainable attacks into the opposition’s half.

Lesotho was the first to threaten, but striker Boitumelo Rabane’s effort did not trouble Melisa Matheus.

As soon as the Gladiators got going, Lesotho became physical as they tried to find ways to stop the Namibian attacks.

Millicent Hikuam, Asteria Angula and Ngonda were solid in midfield while Coleman, Ivone Kooper and Fiola Vliete were fluid in attack.

The defence was well marshalled by vice-captain Emma Naris and the experienced Veweziwa Kotjipati, while Anna Shaenda, who was earning only her third cap, once again impressed alongside Selma Enkali.

The victory sees Namibia finish the tournament with six points from three matches after winning two matches and losing one, with a goal difference of four.

Namibia lost 2-0 to Zambia in their opening match before beating Eswatini 5-1 and following up that victory with a 2-0 win over Lesotho.

Zambia qualifies for the semi-finals with a 100 per cent win record and nine points, as well as a healthy goal difference of 11.

The Gladiators’ semi-final fate is no longer in their hands as they have to wait for results from Group A between Mozambique and South Africa.

Namibia will be hoping for a South African victory or for a draw between those two sides to progress to the next round.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Hamutenya in tight spot in race for deputy secretary general – Kamwanyah

Political analyst Ndumba Kamwanyah has said that Swapo Party Kavango West Regional Coordinator Dawid Hamutenya, a candidate nominated for the position of deputy secretary general at a Swapo political bureau meeting on Monday, is in a tight spot for several reasons.

During the same meeting, the polit bureau nominated Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, and Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, for the position of vice president.

Meanwhile, Sophia Shaningwa and Swapo Regional Coordinator for the Oshikoto Region, Armas Amukwiyu were nominated for the position of secretary general.

The deputy secretary-general portfolio will be contested by Members of Parliament Lucia Witbooi, Eveline Nawases-Taeyele and Hamutenya.

“Hamutenya is in a tight spot for several reasons. The first one is the gender aspect. The current environment seems to favour female candidates because of the historical exclusion previously in those positions,” Kamwanyah said.

However, he said things could also work in his favour if the party is to follow the 50/50 gender representation.

The voting, Kamwanyah added, is going to be a closed ballot process which will make it difficult to guarantee a 50/50 outcome.

According to the political analyst, Hamutenya was nominated by the Governor of the Kavango West Region and seconded by member of parliament Tobie Aupindi, while his contender Nawases-Taeyele was nominated by Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

“If you read that picture it shows that Hamutenya is not featuring so strongly to be part of the top four in terms of the people that nominated him,” he said.

Kamwanyah said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila nominated Nawases-Taeyele to work with her in case she comes out victorious for the vice president position.

Meanwhile, he said the two candidates Hamutenya is nominated with are both from the South, which is currently the stronghold of the Landless People’s Movement.

Because of this, the Swapo Party could be strategising to put a southerner there as the Kavango West Region is currently not a threat, he added.

“These people will always vote for the Swapo Party while the South is a threat to Swapo,” Kamwanyah said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency