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Oil and gas exploration company Eco Atlantic confirmed the ‘Island Innovator’ rig, owned by Island Drilling Company, had been released and mobilised. Globally, Namibia improved on the overall Policy Perception Index (PPI) ranking as an African mining destination, gaining 18 places from 47th position in 2020 to 29th position in 2021. Hyphen Hydrogen Energy is making positive progress on its discussions with the Namibian government as it moves towards signature of the Implementation Agreement before the end of the year for its planned US$10 billion Namibian green hydrogen project. While historically natural gas discoveries have vastly outnumbered liquids volumes, a reversal is expected in these results this year mainly due to two significant oil offshore discoveries in Namibia. Standard Bank Namibia’s Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) division recently confirmed a five-year agreement with AfriTin Mining. A recent webinar hosted by the African Development Bank (ADB) brought together experts to examine how Africa can become a hub for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries to store energy and electrify the transport fleet. Nabirm is an oil and gas explorer focused on projects in politically stable and technically de-risked countries. The company’s main focus in the immediate term is on exploration of the conjugate margin of the offshore Namibian continental shelf and onshore basins. Rössing Uranium launched its 45-year legacy book in Swakopmund earlier this month. For the past years, there has been an overwhelming focus on urban development in Namibia, mainly by the main development stakeholders who hold interest in and have activities related to rural development such as the government, local and international development practitioners. A recent study in the USA found that adults with disabilities reported experiencing more mental distress than those without disabilities. If Namibia had the resources to do the research, the results would sadly not be any different. Old Mutual Short-Term Insurance Company (Namibia) Ltd (OMSIC) has agreed to pay a total sum of N$6 million as part of two settlement agreements, after the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) found the insurer had contravened Section 23 of the Competition Act No.2 of 2003 in two separate investigations. CEOs are entrusted to drive strategy, grow the business, constantly scan the environment, restructure whenever necessary and position the business for success, among others. Old Mutual yesterday confirmed the appointment of Mignon du Preez as their Marketing, Public Affairs and Sustainability Executive as of 1 September 2022. In her new role, Du Preez will lead and manage all marketing activities, public relations, and sustainability initiatives as a member of the Old Mutual Namibia executive team. With the reveal of the All-New Jeep Grand Cherokee L in southern Africa, the Jeep brand marks 81 years of 4x4 leadership with the rebirth of an American SUV icon –blending off-road capability with a premium on-road driving experience, which, for the first time in the vehicle’s history, includes a third row of seating. The Windhoek City Police has noted with great concern that many road users have forgotten or simply ignore the basic rules of the road. The Presidency has questioned the veracity of newsrooms, claiming that certain reporters and editors have reneged on the fundamental principles of journalism as a discipline of verification and are not being truthful. Water minister Calle Schlettwein has urged participants at the Stockholm World Water Week, which came to an end yesterday, to fast-track the development of the water and sanitation agenda as any delay will hinder socio-economic development. A career in public service is for anyone who wants to make a difference even if it means putting public interests ahead of personal interests. A clearer picture will emerge in the coming days insofar as the much-anticipated Swapo elective congress and the leadership battle is concerned.