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Namibian economics to the point – July 2018

31. July 2018, inke - Economics

President Hage Geingob signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in Mauretania during a summit of the African Union this month. Geingob also attended the BRICS summit in South Africa. Inflation for June moved upwards from 3.8 to 4.0 percent, the National Statistics Agency announced. Petrol and diesel prices increased in July. Government officially announced that the second national land conference will take place from 1 to 5 October.

Namibian economics to the point – July 2018

A false entrance to the Cape penduline tit’s nest

24. July 2018, inke - Environment

Heavy gusts of wind are relentlessly battering the landscape. Trees and shrubs are blown back and forth for hours. Several metres above the ground an almost white nest dangles from a thin, thorny branch. It consists of soft plant material which looks like cotton wool. Crouched inside are three Cape Penduline Tit (Anthoscopus minutus) chicks. Cape Penduline Tits are among the smallest birds in southern Africa.

A false entrance to the Cape penduline tit’s nest

Three Gondwana lodges receive awards

18. July 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

The world’s largest online travel site TripAdvisor and Eco Awards Namibia acknowledged Gondwana’s continuous investments into service excellence, sustainability and nature conservation. Canyon Village was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, Namushasha River Lodge received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and Damara Mopane Lodge was awarded the highest eco quality seal by Eco Awards Namibia. 

Three Gondwana lodges receive awards

Namibia boasts 14 surf angling clubs

16. July 2018, inke - Sport

Surf fishing means catching fish from the shoreline or wading in the surf. Namibia has 14 surf fishing clubs, and the various species of fish are caught on a catch-and-release basis. The clubs are affiliated to the Namibian Surf Angling Association (NSAA) which arranges five annual contests on the coast of Namibia. Contests are held within those sections on a ten-kilometre stretch of beach for a day. 

Namibia boasts 14 surf angling clubs

Six freshwater angling associations in Namibia

13. July 2018, inke - Environment, Sport

Sporting the oldest desert on earth, Namibia is known as a desert country. Perennial rivers are few, but where there is water there is fish, and where there is fish there is angling. The riverine landscapes of the northeast are a freshwater angler’s dream. A large variety of fish is found in the Okavango, Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Six angling associations are affiliated to the Namibia Federation for Freshwater Anglers (NFFA).

Six freshwater angling associations in Namibia

Gondwana joins NTA’s apprenticeship programme

13. July 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

Ten employees of the Gondwana Collection Namibia participate in the Apprenticeship Pilot Programme that was launched recently by the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) in cooperation with the Namibian Employers Federation (NEF) and the Global Apprenticeships Network. They are part of altogether 300 apprentices from 22 companies that signed the funding agreements towards which the NTA dedicated more than N$40 million. 

Gondwana joins NTA’s apprenticeship programme

Fifty years ago, today: Remembering the first Vespa in the Fish River Canyon

09. July 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Some folks have big dreams, and regardless of logic and difficulty they are driven to make them a reality. Such was the case with the group of men who decided to lay the first tyre tracks on the floor of the mighty Fish River Canyon. Six members of the Cape Town Vespa club took up the challenge. They began their intimidating expedition of lowering their scooters into the canyon on 9 July 1968 - and made the experience of their lifetime!

Fifty years ago, today: Remembering the first Vespa in the Fish River Canyon

Gondwana engages like-minded Namibian company as shareholder

06. July 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Economics

Gondwana Holdings Ltd and Nam-mic Financial Services Holdings (Pty) Ltd signed a subscription agreement on 3 July 2018. With the signing of the shareholding agreement Nam-mic Financial Services Holdings becomes a 10% shareholder of Gondwana Holdings Ltd. The capital invested flows directly into the expansion of the tourism group.

Gondwana engages like-minded Namibian company as shareholder

Gondwana and the King Nehale Conservancy join forces

04. July 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Exciting developments are afoot, as the Gondwana Collection Namibia signed a Joint Venture Agreement with the King Nehale Conservancy on 28 June 2018. The agreement will allow Gondwana to develop and construct a new lodge within the Conservancy, about 5km north of the King Nehale Gate to the Etosha National Park. The envisioned lodge will host 40 rooms, which will pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of the area. Furthermore, it enables the conservancy to generate an additional income.

Gondwana and the King Nehale Conservancy join forces

Mantises: Predators in the insect world

03. July 2018, inke - Environment

The well-camouflaged mantis sits on a flower motionless. Its splendid colours make for an excellent disguise. A little further on another mantis, camouflaged just as well, lies in wait among green leaves. A different species of mantis even sits on the bark of a shrub. There are 107 types (six families) of mantises in Namibia alone. They differ in size, shape and colour. 

Mantises: Predators in the insect world

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