Namibia: Latest News
You won’t find an African country among the world’s top 25 performers for innovation, but several low-income African countries are outperforming their peers based on GDP, earning the designation “innovation achievers.” Co-published by Cornell University, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and A.T. Kearney, the Global Innovation Index goes beyond traditional measures of innovation such as research and development.
Roxanne Reid, 7:00 pm
In the Namib Desert, life is defined by lack of water – just 3-15mm of rain a year – and by overwhelming heat, where sand surface temperature can reach 75C (167F). Luckily, the Atlantic Ocean supplies moisture in the form of fog that can reach 140 km inland. This fog is the heartbeat of the Namib and directly or indirectly benefits all living things, which have adapted in ingenious ways to survive. Here are some of the miraculous little critters of the Namib that manage to thrive in this harsh environment.
Dana Sanchez, 2:46 pm
You won’t find U.S. chicken in South African locations of the mega chicken restaurant chain Nando’s, the company said Wednesday — proof that controversy hasn’t subsided over U.S. chicken exports and the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Nando’s does most of its business outside South Africa and is the largest collector of South African contemporary art, displaying it in its restaurants. “Nando’s is proudly South African,” said CEO Geoff Whyte.
Julia Austin, 4:08 am AFKI Original
Couples hoping for an intimate wedding can book the Mara Gypsy Camp in Masai Mara National Park, which accommodates just 20 guests. The staff are experts at planning weddings with plenty of romantic surprises up their sleeves. A stream that runs through the property attracts a lot of wildlife with some stunning photo opportunities—and unexpected furry guests. The camp includes spa treatments, butler service and sundown cocktail hour — an amazing place to spend your honeymoon too.
African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African traditions, economies and recreation. It is an important source of income, but is illegal everywhere in Africa. Tolerance and enforcement vary from country to country. There’s a growing belief that with the proper regulations, marijuana should be legalized for the greater good. AFKInsider compiled a list of African countries and ranked them for marijuana tolerance. We’ve also provided a list of most marijuana-friendly countries in the world as a basis for comparison.
Dana Sanchez, 2:20 pm
Many in the U.S. are tired of one-way trade preferences to Africa without reciprocal access for U.S. goods. “It’s time to start looking at what comes next,” said the U.S. Trade Representative at the World Economic Forum. Regional integration could play a role. “Part of what motivates us is that we are hearing from Africans that they want to move towards a more permanent, reciprocal kind of relationship.” South Africa risked losing its AGOA benefits over U.S. chicken, which finally hit SA shelves for the first time in 15 years.
Joe Kennedy, 10:06 am
Africa has some of the largest, hottest, highest and most awe-inspiring deserts in the world. The images they conjure are intoxicating, from herds of camels plodding through Saharan dunes, to crazy critters skittering through sands of the Karoo, to the hauntingly desolate rock-scapes of Namibia. And who better to capture the beauty of Africa’s deserts than Instagrammers? These 10 folks headed out to the desert to see it for themselves, and brought back these amazing photos.
Ann Brown, 5:00 am AFKI Original
Namibian naturopath Petrina N. Auino-Mwandingi, 31, was one of nine young African leaders chosen from 600 applicants to come to the U.S. and learn American style entrepreneurship as part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. “We focused on social entrepreneurship and how to build strong businesses,” she told AFKInsider. “Skills like marketing and branding.” Two young women in a not-so-popular health field, she and her partner had to turn obstacles into challenges and then work to overcome them. “We kept on going even when it would have been easier to just quit,” she said. Read her inspiring interview here.
Dana Sanchez, 3:50 pm
All the major mobile network operators in South Africa offer services in the major languages — there are 11 official ones in SA. Language alone is probably not enough to run a successful mobile communications business, an analyst said. An Afrikaans-language MVNO could theoretically reach 10 million people but customers are more concerned with the quality and value. MVNOs seek to exploit a niche in the market that the bigger players may not be serving well. Getting new customers will likely be about identity and cultural affinity.
Dana Sanchez, 8:21 am
Sizakele Mzimela is the co-founder, CEO and majority shareholder of Fly Blue Crane. Her trajectory in aviation began with her first job as an analyst at South African Airways. After that, she kept getting promoted. Her advice to other female aviators? “You can stand up and say ‘I am the best person for the job’. Understand that we just have to work harder. It’s unfair, but you spend less time complaining and more time finding a way to move on and break through.” Fly Blue Crane begins flights from Cape Town to Windhoek May 13. One-way fares are around $103.
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