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Namibia: economic review - October 2016

31. October 2016, inke - Economics

This review highlights interesting developments about Namibia’s economy during the month of October 2016. The main topics: 
Fiscus cuts budget - Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein announced budgetary cuts of some N$5.5 billion for the current financial year, which runs from April 2016 to March 2017.
Marketing Namibia in the US - Namibia’s President Hage Geingob returned from his USA trip in early October. Apart from attending the UN General Assembly in New York, President Geingob hosted several business events in New York and in Washington.

Namibia: economic review - October 2016

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

28. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The Order of Hildegard is a military decoration which was awarded by Imperial Germany for a brief period exclusively in the colony of German South West Africa. This order became the only officially recognised cloth variety of the Iron Cross. Because of the war the German colony was cut off from the motherland so a temporary solution had to be found until the medals could be sent from Germany. The governor’s wife, Hildegard Seitz, proposed that they award a provisional decoration made from cloth.

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

The Pink Day for Breast Cancer – Gondwana and CAN consolidate their cooperation

28. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

May HOPE be our North Star and guide us to life!
This is the message the Cancer Association of Namibia CAN, would like to spread with this year's Pink Day on 28 October. This day aims to give hope and support all those suffering from breast cancer. It also aims to promote awareness, and that breast cancer can be cured if it is diagnosed early enough. Official celebrations will take place at the Gondwana Travel Centre in Windhoek, together with partners and sponsors of the Cancer Association. As of 2016, this now includes the Gondwana Collection.

The Pink Day for Breast Cancer – Gondwana and CAN consolidate their cooperation

The Delight Swakopmund receives the DBN Good Business Award

27. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Development Bank of Namibia has presented The Delight Swakopmund, the latest of the Gondwana Collection’s properties, with the “Good Business Award 2016” for large enterprises. It acknowledges the innovative planning and implementation of the hotel’s brand, the financial viability and the developmental impact in respect to employment creation, local procurement and benefits for the local community. The DBN supported the hotel project with a loan of 50 million N$. The Delight Swakopmund opened its doors in November 2015.

The Delight Swakopmund receives the DBN Good Business Award

Expedition of no Return

21. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The mystery surrounding the death of German colonial pioneer Adolf Lüderitz has never been completely solved. On an expedition to the Orange River he and Steingröver, his helmsman, left the rest of their party on 23 October 1886. In a small boat they planned to sail from the river’s mouth up the coast to Angra Pequeña (now Lüderitz). The two men were never seen again... 

Expedition of no Return

Clean-up in the Fish River Canyon

20. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Fish River Canyon is one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia, and annually attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the breath-taking views and the rugged canyon scenery at the main viewpoint. Some visitors also participate in the various hiking trails that move along the canyon floor. At the end of the hiking season, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism organises an annual clean-up campaign for the approximately 80km trail from Hiker’s Point to Ai-Ais. 52 volunteers from various institutions and organisations participated in the clean-up action this year.

Clean-up in the Fish River Canyon

Kalahari Farmhouse will be open to guests as of the end of April

10. October 2016, gunnar - Gondwana Collection

The Kalahari Farmhouse in Stampriet will be closed for renovations and the Gondwana Training Academy the first four months of 2017 as of 1 January. It will open to guests as soon as 28 April 2017. Originally the Kalahari Farmhouse was to be used for the Gondwana Academy as from January until July 2017. However, this year's training programme has been streamlined for various reasons. Gondwana's current Managing Director Mannfred Goldbeck, soon to be the Director of Brand and Marketing, will head the Academy.

Kalahari Farmhouse will be open to guests as of the end of April

One rock at a time: How one of Namibia’s steepest Passes was built

07. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Like everything in Life, things start out small and usually out of pure practicality. Journeys begin step by step, massive trees grow from small seeds and big endeavours start from basics; but occasionally there are those folk that leap and always those that dream. Nicolaas Andries Rymert Spreeth had two dreams. The one was that he would have easier access to collecting his provisions from the top of the mountain, and the second that he make the best view of the Namib available to the public. Both of these he achieved.

One rock at a time: How one of Namibia’s steepest Passes was built

Excellent! HolidayCheck praises Gondwana Lodges

07. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Three of the Gondwana Lodges are enjoying particular popularity on HolidayCheck. With reviews like “Pure Romance” for Klein-Aus Vista Eagle’s Nest Chalets, “Beautiful grounds – highly recommended” for Damara Mopane Lodge and “Ideal starting point for photo safari” for Etosha Safari Lodge, these are among the highest ranking lodges of the year. The seal of approval “Recommended on HolidayCheck” shows that the lodges enjoy many globetrotters’ great respect and is considered an important indicator when individuals are planning their holidays. 

Excellent! HolidayCheck praises Gondwana Lodges

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