Namibia: Latest News
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.”
Dana Sanchez, 1:40 pm
Eight other countries in Africa besides SA will have radio telescopes contributing to the Square Kilometre Array network. The SKA will outperform the most advanced modern instruments in exploring exploding stars, black holes, dark energy and traces of the universe’s origins 14 billion years back. It’s the first time African countries are hosting global science infrastructure of this scope. South Africa will become home to the most powerful instrument ever used in radio astronomy when SKA is fully operational.
Lillian Mutiso, 3:09 am AFKI Original
Most African countries do not recognize dual citizenship. This is mainly due to post-colonial concerns, when newly independent African countries wanted to ensure loyalty as part of nation building. They also wanted to control the demographic composition of their countries. In particular, these laws targeted those within the country who were not of “African” origin. Below are 12 African countries that allow dual citizenship.
Dana Sanchez, 1:24 pm AFKI Original
A tourism entrepreneur who runs a Cairo-to-Cape Town cycling expedition predicts e-bikes are the future of African transport. “E-bikes will be just like the cell phone revolution,” says Henry Gold, founder of Tour d’Afrique. Gold sees a future where Africans will be able to go home and charge their e-bikes. Africa still has relatively few cars, but emissions are mostly unregulated and much higher than the rest of the world. With e-bikes, Africa has a massive opportunity to go down another road, says the U.N.’s head of transport.
Staff, 12:01 am
Mugabe has resisted a switch to the rand as this would cede Zimbabwe’s financial authority to South Africa but he may be running out of options. Zimbabwe’s reserve bank governor and finance minister said that joining the Common Monetary Area — a monetary union linking SA, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland — is the only solution to Zimbabwe’s economic problems. Though their currencies have different names, they are all pegged to the rand and fall under the SA Reserve Bank’s monetary policy direction.
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