Hisense’s First B2B Showroom Opens in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, a leading global home appliance and consumer electronics brand, has announced that its first B2B (business to business) showroom opened in South Africa.

The showroom, located at Johannesburg, will serve as a center to showcase Hisense’s offerings for its B2B segment, such as commercial displays, ultrasonic medical, and smart city solutions. Hisense’s various digital display products and solutions, intelligent traffic system, medical products, as well as Laser TVs, ULED TVs and smart refrigerators will also be displayed in the showroom.

“Many people in South Africa know about Hisense from its household appliances products; however, over the past few years, Hisense has also seen rapid development in its B2B segment by continuously transforming its products and industrial chain to high-end and high technology,” said Patrick, marketing director of Hisense.

One of the core businesses of Hisense’s B2B segment, the Hisense Commercial Display, which witnessed significant growth in 2021, has brought a number of its products and solutions to the showroom, including Interactive digital boards, digital signage displays, video walls,LED Walls, and Outdoor Signage.

Visitors can also learn more about Hisense’s offerings in intelligent transportation. Having been in the field for over 20 years, Hisense now has branched out to many countries and regions around the world, including South Africa, West Africa, UAE, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Slovenia, and Serbia, to name a few. It has also contributed to numerous significant projects in the world, including an intelligent bus system in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, and a pilot project construction for intelligent transportation in Doha.

Backed by Hisense’s decades of expertise in image processing, information processing, and interaction technology, Hisense Medical has successfully built some core products such as the cutting-edge and high-resolution Hisense Ultrasound HD60. Hisense obtained the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) license for the device in January 2022.

Hisense’s continuous investment in innovation and decades of expertise accumulated in the manufacturing of household appliances and consumer electronics have allowed it to grow into not only a B2C brand, but also a global company that can provide compressive solutions to business partners worldwide in more sectors. Regarding the B2B segment as key for the company’s development, Hisense is looking forward to forming strategic partnerships with more business partners in South Africa and beyond.

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Huawei signe l’engagement mondial de l’UIT dans le but d’aider 120millions de personnes vivant dans des zones reculées à se connecter au monde numérique

SHENZHEN, Chine23 novembre 2022/PRNewswire/ — Huawei a signé un engagement mondial en vue de rejoindre l’alliance numérique Partner2Connect de l’Union internationale des télécommunications, qui apportera la connectivité à environ 120 millions de personnes dans des zones reculées dans plus de 80 pays à l’horizon 2025.

Liang Hua, le président de Huawei, a annoncé cette décision lors du forum sur le développement durable 2022 de l’entreprise, Connectivité+: Innover pour avoir un impact. Le forum a étudié comment l’innovation en matière de TIC pouvait libérer la valeur commerciale et sociale de la connectivité et favoriser la durabilité à l’ère de l’économie numérique.

Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei announced the company had joined ITU P2C Digital Alliance

Parmi les intervenants, citons de hauts responsables de l’UIT et des Nations unies, des ministres des télécommunications et des régulateurs du Cambodge, du Nigeria, du Bangladesh et du Pakistan, ainsi que des chefs d’entreprise, des partenaires, des experts et des clients de Chine, d’Afrique du Sud, de Belgique et d’Allemagne.

« De toute évidence, la connectivité à elle seule ne suffit pas. Il doit être abordable, le contenu doit être pertinent et dans la langue locale, et les utilisateurs doivent avoir les compétences nécessaires pour en faire le meilleur usage », a déclaré Malcolm Johnson, secrétaire général adjoint de l’UIT. « Nous remercions Huawei pour son soutien à la coalition numérique Partner2Connect (P2C) et pour ses engagements en faveur du P2C dans les domaines clés de la connectivité rurale et des compétences numériques. »

Siddharth Chatterjee, coordonnateur résident des Nations unies en Chine, a appelé à des « partenariats multipartites » afin de combler « la triste réalité » d’une fracture numérique exclut un tiers de la population mondiale.

« Notre monde dynamique a besoin de toute urgence d’une meilleure coopération numérique pour tirer parti du potentiel de transformation de la technologie, créer de nouveaux emplois, stimuler l’inclusion financière, combler l’écart entre les hommes et les femmes, construire une relance verte et redessiner notre monde pour qu’il soit plus prospère et plus inclusif », a-t-il souligné. « Il est temps d’agir maintenant ».

Dans son discours d’ouverture, le Dr Liang a souligné que l’accès à un réseau stable était une exigence et un droit fondamentaux à l’ère numérique.

« La connectivité sera plus qu’un simple outil de communication pratique, » a-t-il affirmé. « La connectivité, associée aux technologies numériques telles que le cloud et l’IA, contribuera à faire entrer tout le monde dans le monde numérique et à leur donner accès à davantage d’informations et de compétences, à de meilleurs services et à des opportunités commerciales plus larges. En retour, cela favorisera la poursuite du développement social et économique. »

Cao Ming, Président de Huawei Wireless Solution, affirme : « Huawei intègre le potentiel d’innovation technologique complet des équipements, des sites, de l’énergie, de la transmission et des antennes afin de résoudre les difficultés rencontrées lors du déploiement traditionnel des sites, telles que les coûts élevés, les transports limités, le manque d’énergie et les problèmes de maintenance. Nous avons continuellement amélioré les solutions RuralStar et RuralLink afin d’étendre la couverture de qualité aux zones reculées, permettant ainsi à un plus grand nombre de personnes, d’hôpitaux communautaires, d’écoles, de collectivités locales et de petites et moyennes entreprises de bénéficier des mêmes expériences de connectivité à haut débit que dans les villes ».

Grâce à la série RuralStar, plus de 60millions de personnes vivant dans des zones reculées dans plus de 70pays ont pu être connectées.

Au Cambodge, premier pays partenaire P2C de l’UIT, Huawei collaborera avec les services gouvernementaux par l’intermédiaire du ministère des Postes et Télécommunications et des universités dans le but d’offrir 10000 possibilités de formation aux professionnels des TIC au cours des cinq prochaines années.

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Huawei signs global ITU pledge to help 120 million people in remote areas connect to the digital world

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei has signed a global commitment to join the International Telecommunication Union’s Partner2Connect digital alliance, which will bring connectivity to about 120 million people in remote areas in more than 80 countries by 2025.

Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei announced the company had joined ITU P2C Digital Alliance

Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, announced the decision at the company’s 2022 Sustainability Forum, Connectivity+: Innovate for Impact. The forum explored how ICT innovation could unleash the business and social value of connectivity and drive sustainability in the digital economy era.

Speakers at the event included senior leaders from the ITU and United Nations, telecom ministers and regulators in Cambodia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, and business leaders, partners, experts, and customers from China, South Africa, Belgium, and Germany.

“It is clear connectivity alone is not enough. It must be affordable, the content must be relevant and in the local language, and users must have the skills to make best use of it,” said ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson. “Thank you to Huawei for their support of the Partner2Connect (P2C) Digital Coalition, and for their announced P2C pledges in the key areas of rural connectivity and digital skills.”

Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, called for “multi-stakeholder partnerships” to close “the sobering reality” of a digital divide which excluded a third of the global population.

“Our dynamic world urgently needs improved digital cooperation to capitalize on the transformational potential of technology to create new jobs, boost financial inclusion, close the gender gap, spur a green recovery and redesign our world to be more prosperous and inclusive,” he said. “Now is the time to act”.

In his keynote address, Dr Liang stressed that access to a stable network was a basic requirement and right in the digital age.

“Connectivity will be more than just a tool for convenient communications,” he said. “Together with digital technologies like cloud and AI, connectivity will help bring everyone into the digital world, and provide them with access to more information and skills, better services, and wider business opportunities. This will, in turn, drive further social and economic development.”

Cao Ming, President of Huawei Wireless Solution, said: “Huawei integrates the full-technology innovation potential of equipment, sites, energy, transmission, and antennas to address the difficulties faced by traditional site deployment, such as high costs, restricted transportation, lack of power, and maintenance challenges. We have continuously upgraded the RuralStar and RuralLink solutions to extend quality coverage to remote areas, enabling more people, community hospitals, schools, local governments, and small- and medium-sized enterprises to enjoy the same high-speed broadband connectivity experiences as those in cities”.

The RuralStar series have provided connections for more than 60 million people in remote areas in more than 70 countries.

In Cambodia, the ITU’s first P2C partner country, Huawei will work with government departments through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and universities to provide 10,000 training opportunities for ICT professionals in the next five years.

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National Assembly creates Monitoring, Friendship and Solidarity Groups

Luanda – The Interparliamentary Group of the National Assembly (AN) assessed Wednesday, during an Ordinary Plenary meeting, the composition of the National Monitoring Groups and the Friendship and Solidarity Groups.
The Draft Resolution of the nominal composition and the designation of the respective directorates will be discussed and approved at the 2nd Ordinary Plenary Meeting of the National Assembly, which will take place this Thursday (24).
The National Assembly Interparliamentary Group (GIAN) pursues the promotion of international relations and interparliamentary cooperation between the National Assembly and other parliaments or interparliamentary organisations
The members of the 11 monitoring groups and 29 of friendship and solidarity, created by GIAN, were nominated by the ruling MPLA, UNITA, PRS/FNLA parliamentary groups and by the political representation of the Humanist Party of Angola (PHA).
The National Monitoring Groups of the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) and the Monitoring Groups of the Parliaments of European and ACP/EU Countries were created.
The latter is part of the National Group of the ACP/EU Joint Assembly of Friendship and Solidarity, including all European countries with the exception of Portugal.
GIAN also created the National Monitoring Group for Portuguese-Speaking Countries, which includes the National Group of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CPLP, the National Groups of Friendship and Solidarity with Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor.
The National Group for Monitoring African Parliamentary Organisations is part of the National Group of the Pan-African Parliament and the National Group of the African Parliamentary Union.
On the other hand, the National Group for Monitoring Regional Parliamentary Organisations includes the National Group of the Parliamentary Forum/SADC, the National Group of the Parliamentary Forum/ECCAS and the National Group of the Parliamentary Forum/ICGLR
The Plenary also appreciated the creation of the National Monitoring Group for African Parliaments.
This group integrates the Friendship and Solidarity Groups with South Africa, with Algeria, DRC and Congo, with Namibia and Botswana, with Nigeria, Morocco and Zambia.
The National Monitoring Group for International Organisations was also created.
This group is part of the subgroups to accompany the Parliamentary Forums organised by the United Nations Agencies (WTO, UNFPA, WHO, ILO), by the International Financial Organisations (IMF, WB, G20 and others), Specialised Multilateral Forums (ODM, Rio+, Beijing+) and by international organisations such as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and RSA) and MERCOSUR.
Likewise, the National Monitoring Group for Parliaments in South America is part of the Friendship and Solidarity Groups with Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.
The National Follow-up Group to the Parliaments of Asia and Oceania integrates the Groups of Friendship and Solidarity with China, North Korea, South Korea, the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.
Lastly, GIAN created the National Monitoring Group for Middle East Parliaments, which includes the Friendship and Solidarity Groups with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Informal trading critical to Namibian economy: Iipumbu

Informal trading remains a critical part of economic activities in Namibia, yet it is one of the most vulnerable sectors due to operational instability and unstable support.

This sector is a major source of employment and livelihood for many Namibians, most of whom are women, Minister of Industrialisation and Trade Lucia Iipumbu said during the launch of the Operational Guidelines for the Code of Conduct for the Namibia Informal Economy in Windhoek on Tuesday.

“Estimates of the size of this sector, its contributions, and composition vary widely within regions and countries across the world, therefore, establishing the nature and extent of the informal economy in a country is a necessity for the development of sound and targeted policies, strategies and interventions,” she said.

Iipumbu noted that it is important to identify gaps with the aim of facilitating the transition of the informal sector into the mainstream economy.

The code of conduct launched by the Namibia Informal Sector Organisation (NISO) is an important guiding document which is meant to set the tone in terms of regulating the rights, obligations and responsibilities of all stakeholders in the informal economy.

The ultimate objective of the operational guidelines of the code of conduct is to advance avenues for support to the informal sector to be a conducive and profitable entrepreneurial sector.

Iipumbu said the launch comes at a time when the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade is making great strides in the work related to the development of the National Informal Economy, Start-ups and Entrepreneurship Policy and attendant Bill.

“This policy aims to develop the informal economy and its participants into the commercially viable and mainstream of the economy. The policy further aims to develop the start-ups, scale-ups and general entrepreneurship ecosystems of the country, as well as address challenges faced by the informal economy and devise targeted interventions such as infrastructure development, entrepreneurial development, and institutional support,” she noted.

The minister commended NISO for undertaking a participatory process in the development of the code of conduct and its operational guidelines and called on stakeholders to ensure that the guidelines and regulations relating to its operationalisation are fully implemented.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Africa still faces low land implementation: Shiweda

Many African surveying and mapping organisations are challenged by slow implementation of land management and land reform policies geared towards economic emancipation, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Land Reform Anna Shiweda has said.

The deputy minister was speaking at the 12th Conference of Ministers Responsible for the Activities of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resource for Development (RCMRD) in Uganda’s capital, Kampala on Tuesday.

Shiweda, in her statement availed to Nampa, noted that it is imperative for RCMRD member states to continuously monitor and evaluate the implementation of planned activities and the impact of the knowledge imparted by the centre through its various capacity building courses in geospatial fields, as well as the various technical support activities.

“We believe that an effective and stronger centre will be in a better position to facilitate and guarantee the achievement of the intended objective, namely that of an enhanced regional and national capacity to map and quantify resources for socio-economic development and advancement of our respective regions and countries,” she said.

The deputy minister added that due to climate change and natural calamities such as recurrent droughts and floods in Africa, the mapping and quantification of resources is crucial as it will lead to informed decisions that will result in equitable distribution, sustainable management, exploitation and utilisation of resources.

“In addition, the mapping and quantification of our resources will strengthen the ability of our countries to contribute towards the achievement of the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals and also, to contribute to the attainment of the continental goals contained in Agenda 2063 of the African Union,” Shiweda stated.

She added that it is therefore critical to build institutional and professional capacity at regional and national levels to enable scientists and technical experts to locate, quantify and map out resources and translate the collected data into workable and user-friendly information that can facilitate policy decision-making processes.

Shiweda reaffirmed Namibia’s commitment to the operations and functioning of the centre and said the country remains committed to its annual membership contributions and collaboration.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Possible flooding expected along Orange River after heavy rainfall in SA

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has warned of possible flooding and high volumes of water along the Orange River after heavy rainfall was received in South Africa and Lesotho.

The ministry on Tuesday issued a public notice calling on irrigation farmers, mine operators, road users and community members at Noordoewer and Aussenkehr near the Orange River to be on alert for possible flooding.

“Major catchment areas and artificial dams of Bloemhof, Gariep and Vanderkloof in South Africa are full to capacity and were already opened two weeks ago to release large quantities of water back into the river,” said the notice.

The ministry further noted that the Orange River continues to swell at a rapid speed, increasing from the two metre level observed on 19 November 2022 to 6.26 metres on Tuesday.

All residents in the lower areas of the Orange River were advised to take the necessary precautions and the ministry said it will continue to monitor the situation and update the public as needed.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Festive season road safety campaign launched

A joint national road safety campaign involving 300 law enforcement officers dedicated to maintaining law and order on public roads during the festive season, was officially launched at the Okapuka roadblock outside Windhoek on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch, Road Fund Administration (RFA) Chief Executive Officer Ali Ipinge called for intensified road patrols and regular mounting of fixed and mobile roadblocks on several major and tributary public roads, among others in the Khomas, Erongo, Otjozondjupa and ||Kharas regions.

“This launch is aimed at safeguarding the lives of road users who significantly contribute towards the road fund through the charges and levies imposed on them for using the roads,” he said.

He explained that the income generated from road users is usually invested in road infrastructure development, maintenance and rehabilitation, as well as in road designing, engineering, traffic support and installation of road signage.

Ipinge expressed the hope that no accidents are experienced on national roads from December until early February 2023, when traffic is expected to increase as Namibians travel for the festive season.

The CEO also called on the officers participating in the road safety campaign to see to it that fatal accidents are prevented or reduced in order to save lives.

Several representatives from the Roads Authority, Namibian Police Force, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, National Road Safety Council and Ministry of Works were present at the launch.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Alweendo reacts to lithium issue

Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo says Chinese Mining Company Xinfeng Investments was issued with export permits totalling 135 000 tonnes of crushed ore “for testing purposes.”

There has been widespread public concern at the rate at which Xinfeng has been transporting lithium ore to Walvis Bay for export purposes, leading to the minister having to intervene.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Alweendo said the company was awarded an Exclusive Prospecting License, EPL7228, in October 2021.

“In August 2022 the company applied and was awarded a mining licence, ML243, over part of the area covered by EPL7228. In their application for a mining licence, they indicated that they have a resource estimation of eight million tonnes of ore, with an estimated lithium content of about one per cent,” he said.

He added that Xinfeng indicated that they will start with mining operations in 2024 after they have built a processing plant, but started the mining operations soon after they received their mining licence.

Alweendo further explained that the company had indicated that they needed to test the lithium ore in China before deciding on what type of processing plant should be built in Namibia.

He laid the blame on the ministry officials responsible for the administration of export permits, saying they neglected to agree with the company on the total quantity of ore that could be exported for testing purposes.

“To date, the company has been issued with export permits totalling 135 000 tonnes of crushed ore. Of the total tonnes, 75 000 tonnes have already been exported and the remainder is still to be exported. Royalty fees worth N.dollars 2 million have been paid for the 75 000 tonnes so far exported,” the minister said.

The ministry has agreed with the company that what still needs to be exported based on the issued permits, must be exported by 29 November 2022.

Alweendo told Parliament that he visited the company’s mining operations in Omaruru and the storage facility at the port of Walvis Bay to gather information.

The minister admitted that 135 000 tonnes is an unreasonably high quantity for testing purposes.

“The only fair conclusion one can make is that the company decided to export crushed ore, not only for testing purposes, but also to make an income for its operations,” he said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Home Affairs Ministry launches SMS service for passport applications

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security has announced the implementation of an SMS notification service for passport application services.

The ministry currently provides the service to applicants for identification cards and recently expanded the offering to include passport application services as well in efforts to improve public service delivery.

On Wednesday, Executive Director Etienne Maritz announced that passport applicants will now receive an SMS on their mobile phone once their application for a passport has been approved, printed and dispatched to the office where they applied.

“We are confident that the passport SMS service will save applicants time and help to relieve congestion in our offices. Applicants no longer need to come to our offices to enquire about the status of their passports,” he said.

Maritz stated that applicants will receive a push notification SMS from 10001 indicating that they can pick up their passport after two working days if they applied in Windhoek, or after five working days if they applied at a regional office.

“Applicants who provide valid mobile phone numbers during the application process will receive an SMS notification. The messages will be sent automatically, without the applicants having to request them,” he explained.

The SMS notification service for passport application services is available as from Wednesday, 23 November 2022.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

GIPF commences search for new CEO

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has started the process of searching for a new chief executive officer (CEO) to succeed incumbent, David Nuyoma, whose tenure ends in June 2023 after serving in the position for a decade.

A statement issued on Tuesday indicates that the appointment of the new CEO or Principal Officer (PO) will be conducted by the GIPF Board of Trustees and be based on the company’s recruitment, selection and termination policy.

The government parastatal aims to make this process honest, diverting from the rumours of pre-endorsed or selected candidates, said the statement.

“The GIPF is committed to undertaking an objective, fair, open and competitive recruitment process and distances itself from the past social media reports insinuating that there are candidates earmarked for the position,” the statement said, adding that the process will be facilitated by an independent expert recruitment agency and the selection process will be based on efficiency, fairness and transparency.

GIPF then encouraged suitably qualified women and persons living with disabilities to apply.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Gondwana can play role in addressing inequality: Hiwilepo

Gondwana Namibia can play a role in addressing the deep-seated inequality in the country’s society, its Sustainability Committee Chairperson Trophy Hiwilepo has said.

Hiwilepo during a recent educational tour to promote Namibia as a preferred vacation destination for journalists and social media influencers from Ghana, Dubai, and Botswana, among others, said, inequality is one of the world’s most pressing issues exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic both locally and globally.

“People’s socioeconomic status determines their access to quality healthcare and education in Namibia. Therefore, at Gondwana, we are inclusive of all stakeholders and work to promote fair and equitable wealth distribution. One day, we hope to share the company’s wealth with a broader audience by listing on the stock exchange,” he said.

In 2021, the Sustainability Committee, he noted encouraged vaccinations in the communities where it does business and collaborated with other corporations to raise funds for the Gondwana care trust, continued to support society’s most vulnerable, and strategized and advised on Gondwana’s operations in conservancy communities.

Hiwilepo said the committee also emphasised youth development through its national footprint and tangible impact on youth through goods sourcing and purchasing, employment, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training in conservancy communities

Meanwhile, the Chairperson went on to note that the year 2021 was all about survival as COVID-19 reduced Gondwana’s internal funding for social and environmental programmes, saying that despite the fact that the company had to shelve specific planned projects, it continued to support local communities and advised conservancies on how to survive on a limited income.

“Despite the fact that our income was reduced, Gondwana did not cut back. We were committed to keeping our employees’ jobs, albeit at lower pay, in order to benefit their dependents,” he said.

Established in 2021, the sustainability committee aims to improve the company’s sustainability so that it can add value to society and the environment. Key focus areas for 2022 included implementing responsible environmental management plans for energy, waste, and water.

The Committee’s strategy for Gondwana’s long-term viability is based on business innovation, which improves working practices to anticipate and mitigate emerging threats while identifying and capitalising on opportunities.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

MSYNS prioritises construction of Nkurenkuru youth centre

The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service said the construction of the Nkurenkuru Multipurpose Youth Centre in the Kavango West Region is among its critical ongoing priority projects.

The ministry’s public relations officer Aina Shikesho said this on Wednesday in response to the Freedom March Movement (FMM), a civil society organisation which during a press conference last month demanded that a multipurpose youth resource centre and sports facilities be built in the Kavango West Region.

During that press conference chairperson of the movement, Modestus Kupembona, said the region is the only one that does not have Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service infrastructure.

He complained that the ministry, which is mandated to develop and empower all Namibian youth while promoting sports at all levels, only has one sports officer responsible for eight constituencies in the region.

“Lack of sports and youth facilities has resulted in a lack of developmental skills, high youth unemployment, poor participation in sports, high rate of teenage pregnancies and alcohol and drug abuse,” he said.

According to Shikesho, the ministry, through a donation, received a plot in Nkurenkuru which it fenced off during the 2018/19 financial year.

“The ministry temporarily halted the project due to the low budget ceiling allocated to the capital project. Additionally, during the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period of 2018/19 to 2019/20, Cabinet directed all ministries to halt the construction of new projects due to the global economic crisis,” she said.

She said the ministry has however during the current MTEF period of 2022/23 submitted a budget provision of N. dollars 7 million for the 2023/24 financial year and N.dollars 10 million for the subsequent financial year.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Salute boxing calls for development of amateurs boxers

Salute Boxing Academy Executive Chairman, Kiriat Kamanya, said the future of boxing in Namibia lies with the amateurs hence the need for all boxing stables in Namibia to develop juniors vigorously.

Kiriat said this when he sent off two amateur boxers from the club to Malawi for their participation in the 2022 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 youth games set for Lilongwe from 02 to 11 December 2022.

“As Salute, we are proud of our juniors who have shown great progress as evidenced by these two young men who were selected for the team that will go to Malawi. We as Salute Boxing Academy do not focus only on professionals, we also focus on the youth,” he said.

The two boxers expected to travel on Saturday, are 18-year-old Alfeus ‘Golden Boy’ Modino who will fight in the 63-69-kilogram weight category and 17-year-old Thomas ‘Troublemaker’ Ishidhimbwa who will participate in the 48-52-kilogram weight category.

This will be the second time that Modino participates in the AUSC youth games after he won a bronze medal in Maseru, Lesotho in 2021.

“I could have won a gold medal in Lesotho, but I tested positive for Covid-19 just before the semi-finals. I am hoping to do well this time,” Modino said.

As part of their commitment to developing boxing, Kamanya said Salute Boxing Academy will always open doors to young boxers who want to further their skills in boxing adding that the sport helps keep the youth out of dangerous activities and at the same time create careers for the youth.

Kamanya further announced that his stable will host a Youth tournament on Saturday at One Nation open market where young boxers from Salute and other clubs will compete in an exhibition tournament.

The tournament will be free of charge and 30 boxers are expected to fight each other in 15 bouts of various weight classes.

The winning boxers will receive medals.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Tura Magic book young talent in Debmarine title

Tura Magic Football Club stand-in coach, Timo Tjongarero, says they have a youthful squad and are not going to put any pressure on them in their challenge for the Debmarine Namibia title.

Tura Magic are currently 11th on the log with one point from two matches played in their 16 teams 2022/23 Debmarine Namibia Premiership campaign.

In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday Tjongarero said he is happy with the players that are in their squad but more still need to be done.

“We have a young squad that we are currently working hard with to gain more experience. These young players’ mindset is right and that is what one wants to see,” he said.

Tjongarero added that limited funds have made it difficult for them to assemble a squad with experienced players.

“We are building towards professionalization, therefore, we have to start with young players also having players from outside of Windhoek will be costly for the team as they have to cater for accommodation and that is the funds we currently don’t have,” he said adding they have thrown their youngsters in the deep end but are positive these players will adopt as the season continues.

The coach added that they have experienced players such as Johannes Hollobach, Baloyi Tsandib and Rivaldo Festus who are based outside of Windhoek and cannot join the team at the moment as they are not in a position to cater for their accommodation.

He also stated that despite having a squad complement of upcoming players they are still hopeful of ending the season in the top eight.

“All these young players need is match fitness and at the moment they are not training as we used to due to lack of facilities in Windhoek as well as school and work commitments,” he said.

Tjongarero said their goal is to have two training sessions per day which are impossible at the moment.

“I hope with the weekends having double fixtures this will help the players pick up match fitness fast. Hopefully, by the time the season comes to an end, the players would have adopted and are competitive as we would want them to be,” he said.

Tura Magic will play Tigers on Saturday and Orlando Pirates on Sunday at the University of Namibia Stadium.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency