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In an exciting development that promises to catalyse economic growth and bolster regional connectivity, De Beers Marine (Debmarine Namibia) has achieved a significant milestone in the aviation sector by securing their inaugural Air Navigation Services Certificate. The Development Bank of Namibian (DBN) and KfW Development Bank signed the second concessional loan of around N$600 million (translating to €30 million) on 30 August 2023. In a grand celebration of Malaysia’s 66th Independence Day on Wednesday, Acting High Commissioner Dato Dr. Mohamad Rameez Yahaya welcomed dignitaries, diplomats and friends of Malaysia at the High Commission of Malaysia in Windhoek. The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) Board of Directors signed performance and governance agreements on 29 August 2023 with information and communication technology minister Peya Mushelenga. Oryx Properties has announced notable improvements in its operational metrics for the year ended 30 June 2023. This includes rental reversions increasing to 3.7% (2022: -7.3%) and debtors’ collections improving to 101% (2022: 96%). Aschool management and analytics software for improved learning and teaching experience is offering Namibian schools a chance to participate in a pilot project, with all expenses covered by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the EstDev project. The Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) initiated an investigation on 10 August 2023 against Windhoek Show Society (WSS) and Just Fun Amusements CC. Significant under-recoveries in the domestic fuel distribution sector is one of the main reasons for the increase in local fuel prices. The Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade (MIT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Namibia convened a dialogue with the private sector to promote inclusive and sustainable development in Namibia and foster partnerships between the private sector and government. The 2023 Nedbank for Good Series saw a total of 180 golfers participate in over three rounds of golf events held on 19 August, 26 August and 2 September in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, and Henties Bay. Trustco Group Holdings Limited, the owner of Trustco Bank Limited, yesterday issued a scathing attack on the central bank and its governor, Johannes !Gawaxab. The Old Mutual Foundation on Monday launched the Little Green Ambassadors project, aimed at empowering the younger generation to become heroes for the planet and champions of environmental sustainability. The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has announced its first-ever oil and gas seminar, scheduled to take place on 11 and 12 September 2023 at the Namibia University of Science & Technology (Nust). Bank Windhoek and the Capricorn Foundation have announced a contribution of N$1 million to the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) in support of the third National Skills Competition to be held in Ongwediva from Monday, 25 September to Saturday, 30 September 2023. In an effort to enhance member education, the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has produced its first-ever animated educational series, titled ‘Get it right with GIPF’. The latest Range Rover Velar is a pure expression of modern luxury, featuring the new technology, trademark Range Rover refinement and a dramatic, clean and reductive new design. In two months, Windhoek will play host to one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year – the 8th edition of the MTC Windhoek Fashion Week (MTCWFW) 2023. The Construction Industries Federation (CIF) and the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU) continue to engage government to cancel projects that have led to the exclusion or will exclude majority Namibian-owned contractors, due to mostly steep financial pre-qualification or qualification requirements. For the period ending 30 June 2023, Capricorn Group, including the Capricorn Foundation and its subsidiaries Bank Windhoek, Capricorn Asset Management, Entrepo and Bank Gaborone, invested N$21.7 million (2022: N$16.3 million) in social responsibility programmes and projects in Namibia and Botswana. For quite some time, the Office of the Labour Commissioner has observed that a significant number of trade unions and employers’ organisations have failed to submit required annual returns as mandated by the Labour Act. Alarmingly, some of these entities have not submitted a single annual return since their registration.