Daily Archives: November 9, 2012

Mobile data biggest revenue opportunity for Africa

WINDHOEK: Mobile broadband is the biggest single revenue opportunity in Africa in the immediate and longer term, according to the results of a recent Industry Outlook survey commissioned by Informa Telecoms and Media.
Informa Telecoms and Media is a leading provider of events, research and training to the global telecoms and media community with its head office in London, United Kingdom. The company in a media statement issued on Thursday stressed that annual mobile data revenues in Africa will reach US dollrs 18.5 billion (about N.dollars 161 billion) by 2016. This accounts for 22 per cent of the region’s total mobile service revenues as compared with 12 per cent in 2011.
“Mobile data growth will power a number of revenue opportunities. The business case for the fourth-generation wireless (4G) technology will emerge, according to 70 per cent of the survey’s respondents, as the growth of mobile data services continues to accelerate. Giving mobility to broadband services will empower enterprises and especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from more mobile working thereby generating greater business agility,” it stressed.
However, it cautioned that yet there remains a large constraint on the ideal of connecting Africa as the cheapest mobile phone is still not affordable for many in the continent.
There is a powerful message from Informa’s survey: seven out of 10 respondents agreed that operators must use their buying power and distribution networks to make more devices available and device manufacturers need to make more affordable devices.
A central message from the survey is the need for mobile network operators (MNOs) to take notice of the changing demands and characteristics of its customers.
Principal analyst for emerging market analysis at Informa Telecoms and Media Nick Jotischky stated that there is more depth to a mobile operator’s customer base in Africa than two or three years ago and, for this reason, MNOs need to gain a greater insight into their customers’ behavior and offer them services that match their individual needs and preferences.
“Using this insight to design new business models that combine an MNO’s traditional capabilities (mobility, location) with Internet-style services (search, mapping) will enable a more compelling and personalized set of services to a wider variety of customer segments,” he added.
Informa Telecoms and Media commissioned the survey for AfricaCom 2012 and will publish the results in its “Africa Telecoms Outlook 2013: Seizing new revenue opportunities” report at the event in Cape Town between 13 to 15 November 2012.
Jotischky will chair a session at AfricaCom on November 13 discussing Africa’s evolving telecoms market.
WINDHOEK: Mobile broadband is the biggest single revenue opportunity in Africa in the immediate and longer term, according to the results of a recent industry outlook survey commissioned by Informa Telecoms and Media.
Informa Telecoms and Media, which has its head office in London in the United Kingdom, provides research and training to the global telecommunication and media community.
The company said in a media statement issued on Friday that annual mobile data revenues in Africa will reach US.dollars 18,5 billion (about N.dollars 161 billion) by 2016. This accounts for 22 per cent of the region’s total mobile service revenues, compared to 12 per cent in 2011.
The statement said mobile data growth will power a number of revenue opportunities.
“The business case for the fourth-generation wireless (4G) technology will emerge, according to 70 per cent of the survey’s respondents, as the growth of mobile data services continues to accelerate.
Giving mobility to broadband services will empower enterprises and especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from more mobile working, thereby generating greater business agility,” it stressed.
Informa however cautioned that there remains a large constraint on the ideal of connecting Africa, as the cheapest mobile phone is still not affordable for many on the continent.
A powerful message came from Informa’s survey – seven out of 10 respondents agreed that operators must use their buying power and distribution networks to make more devices available, and device manufacturers need to make more affordable devices.
Another central message from the survey is the need for mobile network operators (MNOs) to take notice of the changing demands and characteristics of its customers.
Principal analyst for emerging market analysis at Informa Telecoms and Media, Nick Jotischky, stated that there is more depth to a mobile operators’ customer base in Africa than two or three years ago and, for this reason, MNOs need to gain a greater insight into their customers’ behaviour and offer them services that match their individual needs and preferences.
“Using this insight to design new business models that combine an MNO’s traditional capabilities (mobility, location) with Internet-style services (search, mapping) will enable a more compelling and personalised set of services to a wider variety of customer segments,” he added.
Informa Telecoms and Media commissioned the survey for the AfricaCom 2012 event and will publish the results in its ‘Africa Telecoms Outlook 2013: Seizing new revenue opportunities’ report at the event in Cape Town between 13 and 15 November this year.
Jotischky will chair a session at AfricaCom on November 13 discussing Africa’s evolving telecoms market.
The event is Africa’s largest communications conference and exhibition.

Police arrest two suspects after they allegedly stole building materials from a construction co

WINDHOEK: The Windhoek City Police yesterday nabbed two suspects here after they allegedly stole building materials from local construction company Murray and Roberts.

The suspects work for a security company that was hired to protect the company’s premises.

It is not yet clear whether they worked on their own, but police investigations into the matter are still underway.

Windhoek City Police Superintendent Helena Mootseng told Nampa yesterday that they acted after receiving information from a member of the public about the suspected theft.

The police questioned the two security guards, but they could not provide any information about which retailer they purchased the tiles from.

It was later discovered that the ceramic tiles worth around N.dollars 40,000 had been stashed at a shebeen close to Eveline Street in Katutura.

Labour Court issues another interdict against striking teachers

WINDHOEK: The Labour Court here has on Friday issued another interdict against suspended General-Secretary of the Namibia National Workers Union (NUNW) Evilastus Kaaronda and the striking teachers to end their illegal industrial action with immediate effect.
This interdict, issued by High Court Judge Collins Parker on Friday morning, also restrains the suspended trade unionist (Kaaronda) from unlawfully instigating public servants to stay away from work without having followed the prescribed procedures laid out in the Labour Act for conducting a legal strike.
This interdict against Kaaronda and the striking teachers was issued today after Minister of Education Dr. Abraham Iyambo (first applicant) and Government (second applicant) brought an urgent application in which they asked the Labour Court in Windhoek to declare that teachers and other public servants who are continuing with the illegal strike are in contempt of court and could face imprisonment as a result of their continued unlawful industrial action.
The respondents in the matter are:- a group of people belonging to the Interim Khomas Teachers Strategic Committee (first respondent), Kaaronda (second respondent), President of Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) Mahongora Kavihuha (third respondent), trade unionist Dankie Katjiuanjo (fourth respondent), Elfrieda Mwagbo and Josef Katjingisiua (fifth and sixth respondents).
The court has further issued an interim order that requires all the above-mentioned respondents to come to court on Tuesday next week and show why they should not be held in contempt of court and sentenced to a period of imprisonment or a fine for their non-compliance with an interdict issued by High Court Judge Kato Van Niekerk on Friday last week, ordering them to stop the illegal strike.
‘The second respondent, suspended NUNW SG Evilastus Kaaronda, is interdicted and restrained from unlawfully instigating the public servants (Government employees) to stay away from work without complying the procedures prescribed by the Labour Act, Act 11 of 2007. And further, the second respondent is interdicted and restrained from interfering with the contractual relationship between the Government of the Republic of Namibia (second applicant) and its employees in the public service, ‘ said Judge Parker as he read the order.
As per court order, all the respondents are asked to file their opposing affidavits to the Education Ministry’s application not later than 15h00 on 12 November this year, and the applicants should file their replying affidavits to the opposing affidavits not later than 09h00 on 13 November 2012.
The interdict against Kaaronda and the interim order were issued by High Court Judge Parker shortly after he has listened to submissions and counter-arguments by both lawyer Sisa Namandje (applicants) and Advocate Steve Rukoro (for third to sixth respondents).
Meanwhile, Kaaronda and his defence lawyer Jeffrey Tjitemisa of the Tjitemisa & Associates were not present in court today, and were both ordered to be present on Tuesday next week.
Namandje represented the applicants, acting on the instructions of the Office of the Government Attorneys.
Advocate Rukoro represented the other respondents, acting on the instructions of Windhoek-based defence lawyer Joshua Kaumbi of the Kaumbi-Shikale local law firm.
WINDHOEK: The Labour Court here on Friday issued another interdict against striking teachers to end their illegal industrial action with immediate effect.
This interdict, issued by High Court Judge Collins Parker, also restrains the suspended General-Secretary of the Namibia National Workers’ Union (NUNW) Evilastus Kaaronda from unlawfully instigating public servants to stay away from work without having followed the prescribed procedures laid out in the Labour Act for conducting a legal strike.
The first interdict was issued by the Labour Court within the High Court on 02 November this year, four days after some Khomas Region teachers commenced an illegal strike that is now in its 10th day.
The disgruntled teachers initially demanded the speedy conclusion of salary and other benefits’ negotiations.
Such negotiations were, however, concluded on Wednesday this week, but teachers are now not satisfied with the results of the negotiations.
The latest interdict was issued after Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo (first applicant) and Government (second applicant) brought an urgent application in which they asked the Labour Court in Windhoek to declare that teachers and other public servants who are continuing with the illegal strike, are in contempt of court and could face imprisonment as a result of their continued unlawful industrial action.
The respondents in the matter are a group of people belonging to the Interim Khomas Teachers’ Strategic Committee (first respondent); Kaaronda (second respondent); President of Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) Mahongora Kavihuha (third respondent); trade unionist Dankie Katjiuanjo (fourth respondent); Elfrieda Mwagbo and Josef Katjingisiua (fifth and sixth respondents).
The court further issued an interim order that requires all the above-mentioned respondents to come to court on Tuesday next week, and show why they should not be held in contempt of court and sentenced to a period of imprisonment or a fine for their non-compliance with an interdict issued by High Court Judge Kato Van Niekerk on Friday last week, ordering them to stop the illegal strike.
“The second respondent, suspended NUNW SG Evilastus Kaaronda, is interdicted and restrained from unlawfully instigating the public servants (Government employees) to stay away from work without complying the procedures prescribed by the Labour Act, Act 11 of 2007. And further, the second respondent is interdicted and restrained from interfering with the contractual relationship between the Government of the Republic of Namibia (second applicant) and its employees in the public service,” said Judge Parker as he read the order.
As per court order, all the respondents are asked to file their opposing affidavits to the Education Ministry’s application not later than 15h00 on 12 November this year, and the applicants should file their replying affidavits to the opposing affidavits not later than 09h00 on 13 November 2012.
The interdict against Kaaronda and the interim order were issued by High Court Judge Parker shortly after he has listened to submissions and counter-arguments by both lawyer Sisa Namandje (applicants) and Advocate Steve Rukoro (for third to sixth respondents).
Meanwhile, Kaaronda and his defence lawyer Jeffrey Tjitemisa of Tjitemisa & Associates were not present in court today, and were both ordered to be present on Tuesday next week.
Namandje represented the applicants, acting on the instructions of the Office of the Government Attorneys.
Advocate Rukoro represented the other respondents, acting on the instructions of Windhoek-based defence lawyer Joshua Kaumbi of the Kaumbi-Shikale local law firm.

Governor happy with San integration

GOBABIS: Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has praised ongoing efforts in her region aimed at integrating San communities into the mainstream of society.
She expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the San people in adapting to new ways of life that does not support the erstwhile nomadic lifestyle where the San sorely lived as hunters and gatherers.
The governor noted that such activities has now cease as the San integrate into society and now living as equals alongside other ethnic groups in the country.
McLeod-Katjirua told Nampa in an interview on Friday that she supports the integration programmes targeting the previously margilalised San communities, which is headed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
She said it was better to find means of providing decent shelters, food, water and others essential services to San communities in their own environment where they have lived for years, as opposed to relocating them to new places.
The Governor said relocation of San people to new territories could make it difficult for the San to finally fit into the mainstream of society and co-exist happily with other communities as they would keep finding such order alien to them.
“Government has made good progress in providing for the San by either upgrading their facilities on the land where they currently live, or by resettling them on Government farms in the vicinity. I however strongly support the notion of having them remain on their current venues and be assisted from there,” she noted.
McLeod-Katjirua said there was a lot other communities can learn from the San people in terms of botany, animal tracking methods and the use of herbs for medical remedies.
A large number of San communities in the Omaheke region have been resettled on three farms; Donkerbos-Sonneblom, Skoonheid and Drimiopsis.
Omaheke is home to the largest number of San communities. While many of them hail from isolated villages of Otjombinde and Corrindor 17 at Aminuis, pockets of San people are also found scattered across the region.
GOBABIS: Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has praised ongoing efforts in her region aimed at integrating San communities into the mainstream of society.
She expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the San people in adapting to new ways of life that do not support the erstwhile nomadic lifestyle where the San lived as hunters and gatherers.
The governor noted that such activities have now ceased as the San integrate into society.
McLeod-Katjirua told Nampa in an interview on Friday that she supports the integration programmes targeting previously marginalised San communities, which is headed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
She said it was better to find means of providing decent shelter, food, water and other essential services to San communities in their own environment where they have lived for years, as opposed to relocating them to new places.
The governor said relocation of San people to new territories could make it difficult for the San to finally fit into the mainstream of society and co-exist happily with other communities as they would keep finding such order alien to them.
“Government has made good progress in providing for the San by either upgrading their facilities on the land where they currently live, or by resettling them on Government farms in the vicinity. I however strongly support the notion of having them remain on their current venues and be assisted from there,” she noted.
McLeod-Katjirua said many other communities can learn from the San people in terms of botany, animal tracking methods and the use of herbs for medical remedies.
A large number of San communities in the Omaheke Region have been resettled on three farms – Donkerbos-Sonneblom, Skoonheid and Drimiopsis.
Omaheke is home to the largest number of San communities. While many of them hail from isolated villages of Otjombinde and Corrindor 17 at Aminuis, pockets of San people are also found scattered across the region.

Germany donates vehicles, financial and technical support to NSA

WINDHOEK: The German government through its ‘Partnership for Economic Growth Program ’ handed over six double cab pick-ups to the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) on Friday. NSA will also embark on a study visit to Germany this month to explore areas of co-operation with the Federal Statistical Office. In addition, financial and technical support worth approximately N.dollars 1.9 million is provided to support the establishment of a fully functional and state of the art data processing center.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony of the vehicles, Ambassador of the Republic of Germany to Namibia Onno Hückmann noted that the recently founded agency took a remarkable development since its inception last year.
Hückmann said the construction and the equipment for the center is underway and will be finalized by the beginning of next year.
Under the Namibian-German co-operation, the German government has committed itself to support this important initiative, according to the Ambassador.
“This joint initiative will contribute to the government’s objective to make relevant, accurate and timely statistics available for the private sector, civil society and evidence based policy design and decision-making in Namibia,” he added.
Meanwhile, at the same occasion, Director of NSA Dr John Steytler commended the move, adding that the NSA will be one of the best equipped data processing centers on the African continent.
“Besides South Africa, the NSA will be one of the best equipped centers in Africa,” he added.
The NSA, under the Statistics Act 9 of 2011 that was passed in parliament last year, was created to be the central repository for all statistics produced in Namibia. The agency collects and disseminates statistics and spatial data, educates the public on the use of statistics, and designates statistics as official statistics.
WINDHOEK: The German Government through its ‘Partnership for Economic Growth Programme’ handed over six double cab pick-ups to the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) here on Friday.
A study visit to Germany is also planned for a delegation from the NSA for later this month for the agency to explore areas of co-operation with that country’s Federal Statistical Office.
In addition, financial and technical support worth approximately N.dollars 1,9 million is being provided to support the establishment of a fully functional and state-of-the-art data processing centre at the NSA head office.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, Ambassador of the Republic of Germany to Namibia Onno Hückmann noted that the agency has developed remarkably since its establishment last year.
He said the construction and equipping of the centre is underway and will be finalised by the beginning of next year.
Under the Namibian-German co-operation, the German government has committed itself to supporting this important initiative, according to the Ambassador.
“This joint initiative will contribute to the government’s objective of making relevant, accurate and timely statistics available for the private sector, civil society and evidence-based policy design and decision-making in Namibia,” he added.
Meanwhile, at the same occasion, NSA Director Dr John Steytler commended the move, adding that the NSA will have one of the best equipped data processing centres on the continent.
“Besides South Africa, the NSA will be one of the best equipped centres in Africa,” he added.
The NSA, under the Statistics Act 9 of 2011 that was passed in Parliament last year, was created to be the central repository for all statistics produced in Namibia. The agency collects and disseminates statistics and spatial data, educates the public on the use of statistics, and designates statistics as official statistics.