Namibia: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 9:51 am
South Africa’s 17 percent sales decline in new auto sales in July is the biggest since 2009 at the height of the global economic recession. “Despite the rand’s recent strength, what we’re experiencing now are the after effects of the currency’s weakness in months prior,” a stakeholder said. Despite the overall decline, certain classes of vehicles have seen sales increase. Toyota and Volkswagen dominate passenger car sales in Namibia. Ford and Isuzu are also strong.
Keren Mikva, 1:52 pm
When it comes to the stuff bling is made of, Africa is enormously bountiful. Its mineral deposits make it one of the richest natural resource-laden places on Earth and everyone wants some. The following are the most mineral-rich African countries.
Keren Mikva, 2:56 pm
Nine out of the 10 biggest produce exporters to the U.K. are E.U. member countries. Potential changes to E.U. tariffs and the falling value of sterling have forced some retailers to consider sourcing from different countries. U.K. produce importers say they expect to see more produce from Africa. South Africa is already the No. 2 source of fresh fruit to the U.K. after Spain, and Kenya may become a beneficiary of the changing trade patterns.
Staff, 3:26 pm
In Africa, the big-hitting commodities have traditionally been diamonds, iron ore, gold and copper. But with the global energy landscape rapidly changing and disruptive technologies on the rise in 2016, many investors are turning to opportunities in specialist technology metals. The poster child for this trend has been lithium. An essential component in lithium-ion batteries used by the manufacturing and telecommunications sectors, lithium has tripled in price since the beginning of 2015.
Julia Austin, 2:21 pm AFKI Original
A former member of the South African police force noticed a gap in high-level security for the private sector, and he capitalized on it. Chris Beukes’s TSU Protection Services has grown from a single office in Cape Town to a multinational business in at least 14 countries. Clients have a mobile app as extra protection when trained professionals aren’t at their side. A quick shake of a cell phone alerts TSU to danger, and sends out video surveillance.
Namibia has several thousand shipwrecks along its almost-1000-mile coast. Getting there requires a huge effort, and visitors are restricted to around 800 a year to preserve the fragile environment. See why this is a terrible place for sailors, then check out the best wreck dives in Africa, and learn how Namibia has revolutionized tourism.
Dana Sanchez, 2:55 pm
The rough diamond market appears to be making a cautious recovery. Polished diamonds? Not so much. Monthly fluctuations show it’s too soon to tell. Lack of firm evidence for a diamond market recovery is not deterring diamond exploration. A Namibian joint-venture with De Beers recently took possession of its sixth mining and exploration vessel, price tag: $160 million. It’s the most sophisticated diamond sampling and exploration vessel in the world, and will operate off the Namibian coast.
Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 9:14 am
Apart from excellent beers and good food, lodges in Namibia offer some extra refreshment: their often-stunning pools. There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing pool after a hot, dusty day exploring the stunning natural wonders of Namibia, where daytime temperatures in summer often reach 40°C (104F) and the average winter temperature is around 20°C (68F). Namibian pools not only offer a perfect way to relax at the end of a blazing day, but they also offer views and ambiance that can’t be beat. Here are 17 of our favorite Namibian pools.
Kurt Davis Jr., 3:52 pm AFKI Original
Her quick rise to the top cracks the glass ceiling of Africa’s male-dominated business world. Critics say she’s privileged, but what about the Bushes, Clintons and Kennedys? She’s accused of pilfering state funds but the movement of money between family members does not establish corruption in the system. Funds may be owed. If allegations of money laundering are confirmed, particularly within Sonangol, analysts will change their views on Isabel.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original
EcoSolutions manages some of the world’s largest bat and insect mitigation programs. Insects have decimated Nigeria’s tomato crop and Nigerian free-tailed bats could help control them, a director told AFKInsider. The company builds bat and owl houses and manages them for chemical-free pest control. “It would be better to include bats in the agricultural success of tomatoes in Africa than bailing out (countries) or providing aid when the tomato crop fails.”
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