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WINDHOEK – The Bank of Namibia’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) yesterday confirmed that the repo rate has been left unchanged at 6.75 percent. After a review of global, regional and domestic economic and financial developments, the MPC’s decision was made to continue supporting domestic growth, while maintaining the one-to-one link between the Namibia Dollar and the South African Rand. The extraordinarily popular Volvo XC40 is now available in T3 configuration which, unlike the rest of the models in the range, is a front-wheel drive vehicle propelled by a smaller 1.5 litre engine which is governed by a manual gearbox. However, according to the local Volvo dealership, the XC40 T3 will only hit Namibian showrooms later this year with a retail price in the half a million Namibia do Windhoek – Land Rover Owners Namibia (LRON) is organising the next Land Rover Festival which is scheduled to take place on August 24 to 27 2018 in Uis. The festival is expected to include action and fun-filled competitions, both in and out of the vehicle, and the aim to gather as many Land Rover vehicles as possible as organisers try their luck at the Guinness World Record Off-Road Convoy. The fes WINDHOEK - The highly popular “Glenbrynth Senior Pairs”, concluded at the TransNamib Bowling Club lawns in Windhoek, last weekend. Deputy Judge President of the High Court Hosea Angula this morning ruled in favour of an application by Maria Ukamba Haindaka to stop the conducting of elections to elect a new chief for the Shambyu. The elections was supposed to be held this coming Saturday. WINDHOEK – Heads of state and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) arrived yesterday for the 38th SADC Summit. The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, was one of the first presidents to touch down at Hosea Kutako International Airport, followed by South African President and outgoing SADC Chairperson, Cyril Ramaphosa, two hours later. Soon after Ramaphosa, Lesotho Prim WINDHOEK - Continuous upward pressure is expected on inflation, mostly owing to the rising fuel prices, the most recent of which was a 25 cents per litre increase in August, attributed to the adjustment of the fuel tax in August. Although international oil prices have eased slightly, the prevailing sentiment is that the depreciation of the Namibia Dollar will increase the cost of oil in domestic c This week an analyst commented on how the fiscal consolidation has been a necessary evil for the Namibian economy. August 1 marked the first anniversary of the burial of Brother Bankie Forster Bankie. We laid him to rest in Windhoek, Namibia in 2017 after his tragic passing a month or so earlier. Our world is facing complex problems that can only be tackled if we break away from old ideas that human rights are about some forms of injustice that people face, but not others. The patterns of oppression that we’re living through are interconnected. The COSDEF Arts & Craft Centre in Swakopmund has received a colourful new facade, thanks to art students who painted the 72-metre long external wall in decorative eye-catching patterns last week. The OSHANA SPCA which started operating in October last year, is putting the fun in fundraising and held their first dog show on Saturday, which saw proud owners and their pooches strutting their stuff in front of a panel of judges. I’ve written about this before but it seems my pleas are being flatly ignored. Etiquette needs to be followed with theatre. It’s really just common sense. As a functioning adult there are some stuff that one should just know are wrong like answering a call in the middle of a theatre production. Which in case you still don’t see why that would be a problem, causes distraction on all ends. WINDHOEK - Otjihase Mine will play hosts to the 5th round of the popular National Enduro Race Series and tomorrow will be the D-day to secure vital points that could still influence the final outcome of the series in some classes. JOHANNESBURG - South African Kumi Naidoo, a prominent anti-apartheid activist who as a teen organised peaceful civil disobedience against racist authorities in that country, has been appointed secretary-general of the world’s largest human rights group Amnesty International. WINDHOEK – Namibian jazz lovers are in for a nostalgic musical treat when local jazz sensation and saxophonist, Suzy Eises, pays homage to late South African jazz legend and human rights activist Hugh Masekela, at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) this Saturday. WINDHOEK – Time is fast running out for art lovers who haven’t had the chance to see Jeanette Unite‘s works at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN). The exhibition closes on September 6, barely less than two weeks from today. The National Library of Namibia sees a double launch of two books by Namibian authors, Goodwill Domingues and Renatus Imalwa, this Friday in Windhoek. WINDHOEK – Women at the helm of entrepreneurship in all sectors are crucial as they contribute to economic growth and aid in creating a diverse innovative workforce. To encourage and celebrate this factor, the 20th Economist Businesswoman North Conference took place in Ongwediva last week. WINDHOEK – Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and TransNamib are working on a renewed and strengthened partnership in order to position the railway as the preferred mode of transport for bulk freight.