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The Wild Horses of the Namib

17. January 2020, koney - Environment

At the beginning of 2019, when it appeared that the population of wild horses was in its final hour, with no solution in sight, there was a massive outcry from the Namibian public and horse-lovers across the globe. The dire situation prompted Minister of Environment and Tourism to personally step in, and for the ministry to remove several of the hyenas from the clan.

The Wild Horses of the Namib

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

14. January 2020, koney - Environment

Less than a metre from the bottom of dried-up Avis Dam on the outskirts of Windhoek, chirping little red and black balls of fluff seem to hover above the fresh greenery. Every so often they settle down on the taller stalks, just to fly up again after a short while. The colourful display is staged by numerous Red Bishop males which started to breed after the first rain and the subsequent appearance of long grasses and other plants.

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

Padlangs - Upcycling in rural Namibia

10. January 2020, koney - Discover Namibia

I’m always inspired when driving around Namibia, a country that holds such an important place in my heart. Something that I always notice on my journeys is how innovative Namibians are. I recently became familiar with a new term – ‘upcycling’. Unlike recycling, which enables you to reuse the raw material again, upcycling refers to creatively reusing discarded objects to produce something different with added value. And we Namibians are so good at it.

Padlangs - Upcycling in rural Namibia

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

07. January 2020, koney - Environment

The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) has presented its 2019 Conservationist of the Year Award to the 35 participants in the Namibia’s Black Rhino Custodianship programme for their selfless dedication to the cause. The custodians, many of them NAPHA members, are 25 commercial farmers and private companies as well as ten communal conservancies.

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

In a nutshell: Update on Namibian tourism

03. January 2020, koney - Tourism

If you’re in the tourism industry, you are often asked how Namibian tourism is doing in the present economic climate, with factors like our three-year drought and current financial woes. The questions are usually asked with the hope that reassurance will be given, conveying a message that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. And, yes, there is light. Despite a slight decline in tourism in the last two years and the challenges that we are presently faced with, visitors continue to stream into the country.

In a nutshell: Update on Namibian tourism

Namibian artist at the Abidjan Green Art Biennale

02. January 2020, koney - Environment

The first Abidjan Green Arts Biennale, an art event in the Banco National Park in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, focused on transient works of art by international artists in the midst of a rainforest. Deciphering the forest instead of clearing it. The idea is to create, while sensitizing to the protection of the environment. From 25 November to 10 December 2019 he invited artists from all over the world to Côte d'Ivoire, including Namibian-born Imke Rust.

Namibian artist at the Abidjan Green Art Biennale

A lodge fit for a king: Welcome Etosha King Nehale

27. December 2019, koney - Tourism, Discover Namibia

Gondwana Collection’s newest lodge opens doors to tourism in northern Namibia. A grand entrance is apt for momentous occasions like this one, when a major lodge group moves into the area north of Etosha National Park that has never featured prominently on the tourist map. Dubbed ‘Owamboland’ in the past, the four Owambo regions - Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati - are home to the largest ethnic group in Namibia, the Aawambo people. The four regions fit snugly to the north of the popular national park like a crown on a princess’s head.

A lodge fit for a king: Welcome Etosha King Nehale

Brötchen- well-known and popular to eat in between

23. December 2019, koney - Culture

Elongated, with an indent and various colours defined by dough type and flour dusting, filled with cheese, cold cuts or even meatloaf – voila, the ‘brötchen’, ladies and gentlemen. Or to the non-Namibian community, a bread roll. Add a cup of coffee and suddenly the world is a much better place. In Namibia, brötchen are the epitome of a small mid-morning coffee break, business meetings or as a snack on the go. Introduced in Namibia by German settlers over a hundred years ago, the rolls, "bretsjen" (Afrikaans), "brottchen" (with an English accent) or "rolls" (small rolled-up pastries) have become a household name and are familiar in other language groups.

Brötchen- well-known and popular to eat in between

Happy graduates of the Go4Gold Academy

20. December 2019, koney - Gondwana Collection

12 Gondwana leaders successfully completed a coaching and mentoring program, after 1 year of attending the Go4Gold Academy. Go4Gold is a customized program which emerged from Gondwana’s identified human capital and leadership needs, and devotes itself to coaching and mentoring these employees in order for them to become mindful leaders. For this year’s award ceremony, the final year projects were presented to Gondwana EXCO on Thursday, the 28th of November.

Happy graduates of the Go4Gold Academy

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