WHR lance un nouvel outil de veille stratégique d’entreprise pour répondre aux besoins de ses clients

MILWAUKEE, 07 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WHR Global (WHR), un leader mondial du secteur de la relocalisation des employés, a annoncé le lancement de son nouvel outil de veille stratégique d’entreprise conçu spécifiquement pour répondre aux besoins croissants de ses clients. Appelé WHR Insights, ce nouvel outil est une série de visualisations de données interactives intégrée dans le WHR Client Portal qui peut être personnalisé en fonction des programmes de relocalisation, avantages sociaux, politiques et autres ICP de chaque client. WHR Insights analyse les données sur les dépenses des employés (ex. : expéditions d’articles ménagers), la satisfaction liée aux enquêtes, les attentes politiques et des composantes individuelles. L’outil, gratuit pour tous ses clients, leur permet de prendre de meilleures décisions sur l’endroit où relocaliser les employés, le niveau de logement autres avantages sociaux à fournir, et comment donner aux employés le meilleur soutien global pendant une transition de relocalisation ou d’affectation.

Regardez une brève vidéo sur WHR Insights ici.

En utilisant WHR Insights, les équipes chargées de la mobilité et des RH peuvent optimiser leurs programmes, en s’assurant qu’ils procurent le meilleur soutien possible aux employés pendant le processus de relocalisation ou d’affectation, ce qui augmente en retour la satisfaction et la rétention des employés. De nouvelles données sont rafraîchies chaque nuit, permettant aux clients d’accéder à des données en temps réel.

Sean Thrun, responsable des initiatives stratégiques chez WHR, a déclaré : « WHR Insights est la dernière addition au sein de notre suite technologique pour nos clients. Nous pensons que l’analyse interactive des données devrait constituer la norme dans la mobilité mondiale, pas l’exception. Grâce à WHR Insights, toutes les parties prenantes peuvent prendre des décisions éclairées qui sont cruciales pour le succès de leurs programmes de mobilité. Les équipes chargées des achats peuvent suivre les dépenses de diversification, la satisfaction des employés et bien plus encore, lorsqu’elles calculent la partie contingente des frais conformément à l’accord-cadre de services. Les équipes chargées des finances peuvent visualiser les prévisions et provisions du budget de relocalisation, en filtrant par centre de coûts ou par division et en exportant les données de manière instantanée pour une manipulation complémentaire dans Excel. Les équipes chargées de la mobilité choisissent tout d’abord des modèles de tableau de bord prédéfinis dans WHR, que ce soit pour l’utilisation d’éléments core-flex, les articles ménagers uniquement, le budget par rapport aux dépenses réelles, les montants forfaitaires, les attentes politiques, les initiations, la satisfaction des employés ou la vente résidentielle. Nous personnalisons ensuite chaque tableau de bord en fonction de votre structure de programmes, politique et organisationnelle sur demande.

« Avec WHR Insights, les entreprises peuvent prendre des décisions éclairées qui bénéficient à la fois aux employés et à l’organisation, découlant sur de meilleurs taux de rétention et une productivité accrue. Dans le paysage commercial compétitif actuel, disposer du bon ensemble de solutions comme WHR Insights peut donner aux entreprises un avantage stratégique dans la relocalisation des employés. »

À propos de WHR Global
WHR Global (WHR) est une société de gestion des mutations mondiale privée, axée sur le client, qui se distingue par une prestation de services meilleure de sa catégorie et par une technologie de pointe dont elle est propriétaire. WHR possède des bureaux à Milwaukee, dans le Wisconsin, à Bâle, en Suisse, et à Singapour. Avec son taux de rétention de la clientèle de 100 % au cours des dix dernières années, WHR continue de se positionner en tant que fournisseur de confiance dans le domaine de la mutation des employés à l’échelle mondiale. WHR vit grâce à sa vision et sa passion pour son crédo Advancing Lives Forward® et son principe de simplifier ce qui est complexe. Pour en savoir plus sur WHR, rendez-vous sur http://www.whrg.com, ou suivez-nous sur LinkedIn ou Twitter.

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WHR Introduces New Enterprise Business Intelligence Tool to Serve Clients

MILWAUKEE, March 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WHR Global (WHR), a leader in the global employee relocation industry, announced release of its newest enterprise business intelligence tool specifically designed to serve its customers’ growing needs. The new tool, called WHR Insights, is a series of interactive data visualizations embedded into the WHR Client Portal that can be customized to each client’s relocation programs, benefits, policies and other KPIs. WHR Insights analyzes data on employee spend (e.g., household goods shipments), survey satisfaction, policy exceptions, and individual components. The tool, free to all clients, facilitates clients making better decisions on where to relocate employees; what level of housing and other benefits to provide; and how to give the best overall support to employees during a relocation or assignment transition.

Watch a short video about WHR Insights here.

By using WHR Insights, mobility and HR teams can optimize programs, ensuring they are providing the best possible support to employees during the relocation or assignment process and in turn, increase employee satisfaction and retention. New data is refreshed nightly, allowing clients to view data in real time.

According to WHR’s Strategic Initiatives Manager, Sean Thrun, “WHR Insights is the latest addition to our client technology suite. We believe interactive data analytics should be the norm in global mobility, not the exception. Through WHR Insights, all stakeholders can make informed decisions that are crucial to the success of their mobility programs. Procurement can track diversity spend, employee satisfaction and more when calculating at-risk fees per the master services agreement. Finance teams can view relocation budget forecasts and accruals, filtering by cost center or division and exporting the data instantly for further manipulation in Excel. Mobility teams start by choosing dashboard templates prebuilt by WHR, whether it’s core-flex component utilization, household goods only, budget vs. actual, lump sum, policy exceptions, initiations, employee satisfaction or home sale. Then, we customize each dashboard to your program, policy and organizational structure at your request.

“With WHR Insights, companies can make informed decisions that benefit both the employee and the organization, leading to improved retention rates and increased productivity. In today’s competitive business landscape, having the right solution set like WHR Insights can give companies a strategic advantage in employee relocation.”

About WHR Global
WHR Global (WHR) is a private, client-driven global relocation management company distinguished by its best-in-class service delivery and cutting-edge, proprietary technology. WHR has offices in Milwaukee, Wis., Basel, Switzerland, and Singapore. With its 100% client retention rate for the past decade, WHR continues to position itself as the trusted leader in global employee relocation. WHR lives by its vision and passion for Advancing Lives Forward® and Making the Complex Simple. To learn more about WHR, visit http://www.whrg.com, or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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WHR lança nova ferramenta Enterprise Business Intelligence para os clientes

MILWAUKEE, March 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A WHR Global (WHR), líder na indústria global de realocação de funcionários, anunciou o lançamento da sua mais nova ferramenta de inteligência de negócios corporativa projetada especificamente para atender às crescentes necessidades dos seus clientes. A nova ferramenta WHR Insights, oferece uma série de visualizações de dados interativas incorporadas ao Portal do Cliente WHR que podem ser personalizadas para os programas de realocação, benefícios, políticas e outros KPIs de cada cliente. O WHR Insights analisa dados sobre gastos de funcionários (por exemplo, entregas de bens domésticos), satisfação com pesquisas, exceções de políticas e componentes individuais. A ferramenta, gratuita para todos os clientes, facilita que os clientes tomem melhores decisões sobre onde realocar funcionários; que nível de moradia e outros benefícios fornecer; e como fornecer o melhor suporte geral aos funcionários durante uma transição de realocação ou atribuição.

Assista um pequeno vídeo sobre o WHR Insights aqui.

Com o WHR Insights, as equipes de mobilidade e RH podem otimizar os programas, garantindo que eles forneçam o melhor suporte possível aos funcionários durante o processo de realocação ou atribuição e, por sua vez, aumentar a satisfação e a retenção dos funcionários. Os dados são atualizados todas as noites, permitindo que os clientes visualizem os dados em tempo real.

De acordo com o Gerente de Iniciativas Estratégicas do WHR, Sean Thrun, “o WHR Insights é a mais recente adição ao nosso pacote de tecnologia do cliente. Acreditamos que a análise de dados interativa deve ser a norma na mobilidade global, não a exceção. Por meio do WHR Insights, todas as partes interessadas podem tomar decisões informadas essenciais para o sucesso dos seus programas de mobilidade. As aquisições podem rastrear os gastos com diversidade, a satisfação dos funcionários e muito mais com o cálculo das taxas de risco de acordo com o contrato principal de serviços. As equipes financeiras podem visualizar previsões e aumentos no orçamento de realocação, filtrar por centro de custo ou divisão, e exportar os dados instantaneamente para manipulação adicional no Excel. As equipes de mobilidade escolhem primeiro os modelos de painel pré-instalados pela WHR, como a utilização de componentes core-flex, apenas bens domésticos, orçamento versus real, montante fixo, exceções de políticas, iniciações, satisfação do funcionário ou venda de casa. Em seguida, personalizamos cada painel de acordo com programa, política e estrutura organizacional escolhidos pelo cliente.

“Com o WHR Insights, as empresas podem tomar decisões informadas que beneficiam tanto o funcionário quanto a organização, levando a melhores taxas de retenção e aumento da produtividade. No cenário de negócios competitivo de hoje, uma solução certa definida como o WHR Insights pode dar às empresas uma vantagem estratégica na realocação de funcionários.”

Sobre a WHR Global
A WHR Global (WHR) é uma empresa global de gestão de relocação privada, orientada para o cliente, distinguida pela sua melhor prestação de serviços e tecnologia proprietária de ponta. A WHR tem escritórios em Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Suíça e Cingapura. Com sua taxa de retenção de clientes de 100% na última década, o WHR continua a se posicionar como líder confiável na relocação global de funcionários. A WHR vive por sua visão e paixão por Advancing Lives Forward™ e Making the Complex Simple. Para mais informação sobre a WHR, visite http://www.whrg.com, ou siga-nos no LinkedIn, Twitter e Facebook.

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Les lauréats ont été révélés lors de la 17e édition annuelle des Stevie® Awards pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle

Les meilleurs prix au monde pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle ont été décernés à Las Vegas

FAIRFAX, Virginie, 07 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Les lauréats de la 17e édition annuelle des Stevie® Awards pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle, reconnus comme les meilleurs prix du service à la clientèle et des ventes dans le monde, ont été dévoilés vendredi soir lors d’une cérémonie de gala à Las Vegas, dans l’État américain du Nevada, en présence de plus de 400 cadres du monde entier.

La liste complète des lauréats des Stevie par catégorie est disponible à l’adresse http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

DP DHL, avec 46 prix Stevie d’or, d’argent et de bronze, a été l’entreprise la plus honorée cette année, remportant le trophée Grand Stevie Award. C’est la 11e année consécutive que la société multinationale de livraison de colis et de gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement, dont le siège social est situé à Bonn, en Allemagne, remporte un Grand Stevie dans le programme, et la neuvième année sur les 11 au cours desquelles elle s’est classée en tête de liste des entreprises les plus honorées.

Les autres lauréats du Grand Stevie Award, par ordre décroissant, sont notamment IBM, Sales Partnerships, Support Services Group, ValueSelling Associates, UPMC Health Plan, PowerSchool Group, GoHealth, TalkDesk et Michael Kors.

Plus de 2 300 candidatures d’entreprises de toutes tailles et de pratiquement tous les secteurs ont été examinées lors du concours de cette année. Les finalistes ont été déterminés grâce aux notes moyennes attribuées par plus de 170 professionnels dans le monde entier répartis dans sept comités de jury spécialisés. Les candidatures ont été prises en considération dans plus de 60 catégories pour les réalisations du service client et du centre de contact, y compris Contact Center of the Year (Centre de contact de l’année), Award for Innovation in Customer Service (Prix de l’innovation dans le service client) et Customer Service Department of the Year (Service client de l’année) ; 60 catégories pour les ventes et les réalisations en développement commercial, allant de Senior Sales Executive of the Year (Directeur commercial senior de l’année) à Sales Training or Business Development Executive of the Year (Responsable de la formation commerciale ou du développement commercial de l’année) et Sales Department of the Year (Service commercial de l’année) ; et des catégories visant à reconnaître les nouveaux produits et services et les fournisseurs de solutions, entre autres.

Sales Partnerships, Inc. a remporté 12 prix d’or, soit le nombre le plus élevé de prix décernés lors du concours. Les autres gagnants d’au moins deux prix Stevie d’or sont : Alight Solutions, Blackhawk Network, ClearSource BPO, DP DHL, EFG Companies, Genpact, GoHealth, IBM, ICW Group, Janek Performance Group, JK Moving, LivePerson, MetTel, Michael Kors, MONAT Global Corp, Optima Tax Relief, LLC, Optum, Paradigm Marketing and Design, PREMIER Bankcard, Rapid Phone Center, Sales Partnerships, Inc., SAP, SoftPro, Splunk, Tata Consultancy Services, TELUS Smart Security & Automation, TIM Brasil, TransPerfect, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S., UPMC Health Plan, Perceptyx, Veeam et WNS (Holdings) Limited.

Les gagnants d’une catégorie spéciale, le Sales Partnerships Ethics in Sales Award (Prix de l’éthique des partenariats commerciaux dans la vente), ont également été annoncés vendredi. Ce prix récompense les organisations pour leurs meilleures pratiques et leurs réalisations dans la démonstration des normes éthiques les plus élevées du secteur des ventes. Le lauréat du prix Stevie d’or dans cette catégorie est Greater Prairie Business Consulting. Le lauréat du prix Stevie d’argent est Belkins, et les lauréats du Stevie de bronze sont Cal Dental USA et Integrity Solutions.

Les cérémonies de remise ont été diffusées en direct via Livestream et sont disponibles pour un visionnage en ligne.

Les candidatures pour l’édition 2024 des Stevie Awards pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle seront acceptées à partir du mois de juillet 2023.  Le kit d’inscription peut être demandé à l’adresse http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

Les prix sont remis par les Stevie Awards, qui organisent huit des plus grands programmes mondiaux de récompenses commerciales, dont les prestigieux International Business Awards® et les American Business Awards®.

À propos des Stevie Awards
Les Stevie Awards sont décernés dans huit programmes : les Stevie Awards en Asie-Pacifique, les Stevie Awards en Allemagne, les Stevie Awards au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord, les American Business Awards®, les International Business Awards®, les Stevie Awards pour les grands employeurs, les Stevie Awards pour les femmes entrepreneurs et les Stevie Awards pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle. Les concours Stevie Awards reçoivent chaque année plus de 12 000 candidatures émanant d’entreprises dans plus de 70 pays. En récompensant les entreprises de tous types et de toutes tailles, ainsi que leurs collaborateurs, les Stevies reconnaissent les performances exceptionnelles sur le lieu de travail dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus sur les Stevie Awards, visitez le site www.StevieAwards.com.

Les Sponsors de la 17e édition annuelle des Stevie Awards pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle comprennent Sales Partnerships, Inc., Support Service Group et ValueSelling Associates, Inc.

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Vencedores do 17º Annual Stevie® Awards de Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente

Principais Prêmios de Atendimento ao Cliente e Vendas do Mundo Entregues em Las Vegas

FAIRFAX, Va., March 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Os vencedores do 17º Stevie® Awards de Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente, reconhecido como o principal prêmio de atendimento ao cliente e de vendas do mundo, foram entregues na noite de sexta-feira em uma cerimônia de gala em Las Vegas, Nevada, EUA, com a participação de mais de 400 executivos de todo o mundo.

A lista completa de vencedores do Stevie por categoria pode ser encontrada em http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

A DP DHL, com 46 premiações nas categorias Ouro, Prata e Bronze no Stevie Awards, foi a organização mais homenageada deste ano, recebendo o troféu Grand Stevie Award. Este é o 11º ano consecutivo em que a empresa multinacional de entrega de pacotes e gestão de cadeia de suprimentos, com sede em Bonn, na Alemanha, recebe um Grand Stevie no programa, e o nono ano dos 11 em que ficou em primeiro lugar na lista das organizações mais homenageadas.

Outros vencedores do Grand Stevie Award, em ordem decrescente, incluem IBM, Sales Partnerships, Support Services Group, ValueSelling Associates, UPMC Health Plan, PowerSchool Group, GoHealth, TalkDesk e Michael Kors.

Mais de 2.300 indicações de organizações de cada indústria foram avaliadas na competição deste ano. Os finalistas foram escolhidos pelas pontuações médias por mais de 170 profissionais em todo o mundo em sete comissões julgadoras especializadas. As inscrições foram consideradas em mais de 60 categorias de conquistas em atendimento ao cliente e contact center, incluindo Contact Center do Ano, Prêmio de Inovação de Atendimento ao Cliente e Departamento de Atendimento ao Cliente do Ano; 60 categorias de conquistas em vendas e desenvolvimento de negócios, variando de Executivo de Vendas Sênior do Ano a Treinamento de Vendas ou Executivo de Desenvolvimento de Negócios do Ano a Departamento de Vendas do Ano; e categorias de novos produtos e serviços e provedores de soluções, dentre outros.

A Sales Partnerships, Inc. recebeu 12 premiações de Ouro, o maior número da competição. Outros vencedores de dois ou mais Stevie Awards de Ouro são: Alight Solutions, Blackhawk Network, ClearSource BPO, DP DHL, EFG Companies, Genpact, GoHealth, IBM, ICW Group, Janek Performance Group, JK Moving, LivePerson, MetTel, Michael Kors, MONAT Global Corp, Optima Tax Relief, LLC, Optum, Paradigm Marketing and Design, PREMIER Bankcard, Rapid Phone Center, Sales Partnerships, Inc., SAP, SoftPro, Splunk, Tata Consultancy Services, TELUS Smart Security & Automation, TIM Brasil, TransPerfect, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S., UPMC Health Plan, Perceptyx, Veeam e WNS (Holdings) Limited.

Os vencedores de uma categoria especial, o Prêmio Ética em Vendas das Parcerias de Vendas, também foram anunciados na sexta-feira. Este prêmio reconhece as organizações por suas melhores práticas e realizações, demonstrando os mais altos padrões éticos no setor de vendas. O vencedor do Stevie de Ouro nesta categoria é a Greater Prairie Business Consulting. O vencedor da premiação de Prata é a Belkins, e os vencedores do Stevie de Bronze são a Cal Dental USA e a Integrity Solutions.

A apresentação foi transmitida ao vivo via Livestream e está disponível online.

As indicações para a edição de 2024 dos Stevie Awards de Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente serão aceitas a partir de julho deste ano.  O kit de inscrição pode ser solicitado em http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

Os prêmios são apresentados pelo Stevie Awards, que organiza oito das principais premiações de negócios do mundo, incluindo os prestigiados International Business Awards® e American Business Awards®.

Sobre os Stevie Awards
Os Stevie Awards são concedidos em sete programas: Stevie Awards Ásia-Pacífico, Stevie Awards Alemão, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, Stevie Awards para Mulheres Empresariais, Stevie Awards para Grande Empregadores , e Stevie Awards para Vendas e Serviço ao Cliente. Os concursos Stevie Awards recebem mais de 12.000 nomeações todos os anos de empresas de mais de 70 países. Honrando empresas de todos os tipos e tamanhos, e as pessoas por trás delas, os Stevies reconhecem excelente desempenho no local de trabalho em todo o mundo. Saiba mais sobre os Stevie Awards em www.StevieAwards.com.

Patrocinadores do 17º Stevie Awards de Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente incluem Sales Partnerships, Inc., Services Group e ValueSelling Associates, Inc.

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Boosting support to Least Developed Countries through South-South Cooperation

Doha – Least Developed Countries (LDCs) stand to benefit from strong partnerships with their Global South counterparts when it comes to making their agrifood systems more efficient, more inclusive, more sustainable and more resilient, the Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Maximo Torero, said today in Doha.

“Strong global partnerships, including South-South and Triangular Cooperation, provide key support for agrifood systems transformation, and an open exchange of knowledge and expertise around this important topic,” Torero said in an FAO address to a ministerial meeting on South-South Cooperation in the Qatari capital.

The meeting was part of the 5th UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which is guided by the Doha Programme of Action for the 2022-2031 period.

The overarching goals of the Doha Programme include achieving a rapid, sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the economies of LDCs particularly hard, and building resilience against future shocks.

“LDCs represent a vast potential for sustainable economic growth, improved food security, nutrition and overall welfare,” Torero said. “Nevertheless, we note with concern that the LDCs have seen their economies substantially shrivel due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic shocks in the past few years.”

The pandemic has not only caused extreme poverty figures to rise. It has also reversed the progress made during the implementation of the previous Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs.

“The Doha Programme of Action for the LDCs reminds us that the economic, environmental and social agenda for transitioning to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems remains essential for development,” Torero said.

This also means that COVID-19 recovery programmes and effective responses to the current global crises require focused attention on the transformation of agrifood systems – to ‘build back better’ through higher productivity, diversification, greater resilience, nutrition-smart interventions and supporting a vibrant public-private partnership, including Small to Medium Enterprises, to create quality jobs and enable recovery.

FAO’s role

FAO has built an expansive portfolio of South-South and Triangular Cooperation initiatives by partnering with Southern and Northern member nations during the past 40 years.

Through one of its flagship Programmes, the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme, FAO helps LDCs acquire the knowhow, solutions and technologies they need to sustainably transform their agrifood systems.

With a total contribution of $130 million from China since 2009, national projects under the Programme have supported the transfer and exchange of agricultural technologies and solutions between China and several LDCs.

In Madagascar, for example, the introduction of a Chinese hybrid rice technology in the country resulted in 10 tonnes per hectare increase in rice yield compared to 2.8 tons per hectare with local varieties.

Uganda also witnessed an increase in rice production, from 2.5 tonnes to 10 tonnes per hectare, and a threefold increase in milk production, thanks to the high yield crop and animal varieties introduced through two phases of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation project in the country.

Such examples show how the introduction of simple agricultural practices and technologies could generate dramatic results, transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of farmers in LDCs.

Other upcoming South-South Cooperation projects, including in Cabo Verde, Sudan, Malawi and Namibia, will support the transfer of similar technologies focused on crop production, animal husbandry and agro-processing.

In addition to innovation and technologies, sustained finance and investment in rural development is also indispensable for sustainable agrifood system transformation in LDCs, Torero told the meeting.

While in Doha, FAO’s Chief Economist also stressed that building resilience in agrifood systems is especially crucial for LDCs, since they are the most vulnerable nations to agrifood systems’ risk and uncertainty as a result of climate change, water stresses, pests and diseases, trade and macroeconomic policies and unexpected events.

Building such resilience involves minimizing risks or vulnerabilities, coping with risks when they occur, and having the capacity to recover and build back better, Torero said during a panel discussion on Monday.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Newspaper Cup 2023 launched at Otjiwarongo

The 21st edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament was officially launched at Otjiwarongo on Tuesday.

Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Marlayn Mbakera officially launched it at a local hotel, saying the tournament is set to take place from 07-10 April 2023 at the Paresis Sports Complex.

“We are prepared as a region to host the 21st edition of this newspaper cup comprising of both the football and netball teams of the country’s 14 regions,” she said.

Mbakera gave assurance for the decent accommodation of all guests, decent sports grounds and other facilities which will be renovated.

She also announced the fundraising gala dinner which will take place on 14 March this year at Otjiwarongo.

The Namibian Newspaper’s Deputy News Editor, Isack Hamata on his part said the tournament aims to help boys and girls to have an opportunity to enjoy sports and also to identify and develop their talents.

“Football winners on top of their floating trophy and medals will receive N.dollars 30 000 for champions, runner-up N.dollars 20 000 and in third place N.dollars 16 000,” he said.

The netball’s overall winning team will receive N.dollars 25 000, second place N.dollars 12 000, third N.dollars 6 250 and fourth best will get a cash reward of N.dollars 3 125, said Hamata.

There are also cash prizes in categories of player of the match, top goals scorer, goalkeeper of the tournament and match official of the series, said Hamata.

Around 500 regional participants and their officials are expected to attend.

A draw for the different groups was also conducted at Otjiwarongo on Tuesday, and the defending champions of the cup, the Zambezi Region will play off the Khomas Region for the first match, while the netball defending champions of the Khomas Region will face off Ohangwena Region on day one of the tournament.

Standard Bank Namibia is the official sponsor of the tournament.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Naanda urges Namibia and SA to promote economy through AfCFTA

Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) Executive Director, Penda Naanda has called on Namibia and South Africa to promote economic growth through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), saying South Africa has the highest number of companies doing business in Namibia.

Opening the 3rd three-day session of the Namibia and South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) here on Tuesday, Naanda said Namibia has signed over 90 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding with South Africa covering a wide range of sectors aimed at promoting economic growth and sustainable development for both countries.

“AfCFTA is an instrument we can use to intensify trade and investment collaboration between our two countries. There is a vital need to turn the vast existing potential of both material and human resources into bankable and practical actions that will positively change the living conditions of our fraternal people,” he said.

At the same event, South Africa’s Acting Deputy Director-General of the Africa Branch in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Tselane Mokuena said Namibia is currently in the top five of African countries trading with South Africa, therefore it is important for the two countries to merge efforts to improve trading and investment partnership for the betterment of the citizens.

“The two countries have mutual challenges that need to be resolved within the three days to ensure as neighbours we are able to work with one another by addressing those challenges and to fast track the realisation of the AfCFTA,” she said.

The BNC was transformed from the Heads of State Economic Forum in 2012 to provide impetus to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in a wide range of areas including diplomacy, legal, defence and security, and social and economic issues.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Pregnant Congolese woman allegedly raped at Osire

An eight months pregnant Congolese woman was allegedly assaulted and raped by two men at the Osire Refugee Settlement in the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday morning.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Community Liaison Officer in the region, Warrant Officer Olivia Haihambo in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday said the 23-year-old victim was alone in bushes near Osire where she had gone to fetch firewood.

The two men who allegedly raped her were part of four strangers who had approached her while she was busy collecting the firewood, Haihambo said.

“Two of these four men even assaulted her, tied her hands and later covered her face with a cloth before they took turns to rape her in a forceful manner while the other two were watching,” she added.

The woman was left there alone still tied, and her face covered in bushes, said Haihambo.

At 15h59 that Saturday afternoon, a passer-by found her stranded, and offered assistance by taking her to the Osire clinic where she was later transferred in a stable condition to Otjiwarongo State Hospital for further medical attention.

No arrest has been made and police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Madisia expresses regret for actions in Wasserfall case

Azaan Madisia expressed regret on Tuesday for not having called the police or an ambulance following the death of Shannon Wasserfall.

Madisia, 30, made her statement in the Windhoek High Court, where she stands accused of murder alongside her brother, 24-year-old Steven Malundu.

Wasserfall was reported missing on 10 April 2020, and her remains were found buried at the harbour town on 06 October 2020 after an anonymous text message was sent to the deceased’s father.

“I was in absolute shock, your honour. I never imagined a situation like this would present itself. I agree I should have been more logical-minded and called the ambulance or police. That would have been the right thing to do, but I did not, and I am ashamed and embarrassed,” she said.

Madisia, under cross-examination by defence lawyer Albert Titus, further informed the court that she feared arrest and going to prison

“In retrospect, if you look at it, Wasserfall died at my house. It was just the two of us. I thought no one would believe it was an accident. After the burial of the deceased, on my way home, it crossed my mind, but at that time, it was too late to turn back and fix it,” she said.

The accused apologised to the late Wasserfall’s family, saying it was not her intention and that she wished she had spoken up earlier.

“Nothing I say can change what happened or soothe their sorrow. To her boy, I do not know how I will be able to look into your eyes, and you are very close to my heart.”

Judge Christie Liebenberg is presiding over the case.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Young swimmers shine in South Africa

A team of seven Namibian swimmers aged between nine and 13 collected a total of 18 medals at a recently ended South African level two regional championship.

The championship, which was hosted by Tshwane Aquatics on behalf of Swimming South Africa and Athletics Gauteng, registered 1 690 entries from 600 swimmers and was held in Pretoria over the weekend.

The Namibia Swimming Federation (NSF) had seven swimmers representing the country – Lara Steyn, 13; Naeem Robiati, 14; Oelof Badenhorst, nine; Patrick Durand, nine; Roze van Wyk, 10; Xinyue Huang, nine; and 12-year-old Zafari Zeidler.

They won five gold, six silver and seven bronze medals and finished 15th out of the 58 clubs that entered.

NSF team coach Lushano Lamprecht in a statement on Tuesday said taking part in the championships helped the young swimmers gain experience.

“The swimmers performed above and beyond their current beliefs, gaining experience through their losses and victories,” Lamprecht said.

Meanwhile, team manager Emily Durand noted that it was a privilege to take the young swimmers on tour.

“For many, it was their first tour and therefore they tried to make it as memorable as possible. We are looking forward to seeing more Namibians, especially the younger ones, competing in other events outside the country’s borders in the future,” Durand said.

The swimmers, who returned home on Monday, will now begin their preparations for the Bank Windhoek Aqua pentathlon, which will be held at the Olympia swimming pool in Windhoek on 18 March 2023.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency