Thursday, 26 October 2017

Namibia Government OMA's and their websites

Parliament http://www.parliament.gov.na/
National Assembly https://goo.gl/ynxNtS
National Council https://goo.gl/oeiynU

Offices

Office of the President http://www.op.gov.na/
Office of the Prime Minister http://www.opm.gov.na/
Office of the Judiciary http://www.judiciary.na/
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GRN

Ministries

Agriculture, Water and Forestry http://www.mawf.gov.na/
Defence http://www.mod.gov.na/
Education, Arts and Culture http://www.moe.gov.na/
Environment and Tourism http://www.met.gov.na/
Finance http://www.mof.gov.na/
Fisheries and Marine Resources http://www.mfmr.gov.na/
Gender Equality and Child Welfare http://www.mgecw.gov.na/
Health and Social Services http://www.mhss.gov.na/
Home Affairs and Immigration http://www.mha.gov.na/
Higher Education, Training and Innovation http://www.moe.gov.na
Industrialization, Trade and SME Development http://www.mti.gov.na/
International Relations and Cooperation http://www.mirco.gov.na/
Information and Communication Technology http://www.mict.gov.na/
Justice http://www.moj.gov.na/
Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation http://www.mol.gov.na/
Land Reform http://www.mlr.gov.na/
Mines and Energy http://www.mme.gov.na/
Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare
Public Enterprises http://www.mpe.gov.na/
Safety & Security
      Namibian Correctional Service http://www.ncs.gov.na/
      Namibian Police Force http://www.nampol.gov.na/
Sport, Youth and National Service http://www.msyns.gov.na/
Urban and Rural Development http://www.murd.gov.na/
Veterans Affairs & Marginalised Affairs http://www.mova.gov.na/
Works and Transport http://www.mwt.gov.na/

Agencies

Anti-Corruption Commission http://www.accnamibia.org/
Electoral Commission of Namibia http://www.ecn.na/
Namibia Central Intelligence Service
National Planning Commission http://www.npc.gov.na/
Office of the Attorney-General http://www.ag.gov.na/
Office of the Auditor-General http://www.oag.gov.na/
Office of the Ombudsman http://www.ombudsman.org.na/
Public Service Commission of Namibia http://www.psc.gov.na/

NSI to host 5th annual National Quality Awards

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) will host the 5th annual National Quality Awards event on November 23 in Windhoek.
The National Quality Awards is the brainchild of the Cabinet-approved National Quality Policy document of June 1, 1999. The event is part of the government’s drive to establish, develop and enhance a strong and fully functional national quality infrastructure regime and encourage a quality culture in the country.
The aim of the quality awards is to recognize and appreciate industries and enterprises, including the service sector and individuals who perform excellently on quality.
It also honours those who contribute to quality advancement in all sectors of the economy, by having measurements and quality systems, procedures and processes that are in line with local, regional and international practices.
The programme furthermore recognizes individuals who use quality advancement to support national economic development and growth.
The NSI’s general manager for standards development and coordination, Jekonia Haufiku, said the awards further aim to enhance the understanding of quality principles, business methods and all national and international standards that promote quality and competitiveness.
“Through these awards we want to encourage industry to use standards to add value to their products so as to competitively market their products and develop their brands at international level. We also want to encourage individuals with drive and expertise in quality related issues to become active role players in strengthening the local quality infrastructure regime.”
He added that apart from honouring enterprises, the event also recognizes individual contributions towards Namibia’s quest of creating a strong national quality infrastructure regime.
The event aims at attracting broad national representation and participation from across all fourteen regions and all sectors of the economy and across all business spectrums and sizes.
The National Quality Awards consists of five categories, namely Company of the Year, Product of the Year, Service of Year, Exporter of the Year as well as the Individual Quality Award.
All businesses, large or small, are eligible to participate in the first four categories provided they are registered with the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development and have good standing with the Receiver of Revenue. The participating enterprises in the first four categories must be applying standards and provide proof of up-to-date certification against at least one standard.
The NSI has appointed independent judges from the quality fraternity to ensure balanced adjudication, and judges are expected to comply with the code of ethics and conduct for judges. The five national category winners will represent Namibia in the annual SADC Quality Awards event in 2018.

Namibian State-Owned Enterprises with websites

  1. Accreditation Board of Namibia SADC Body?
  2. Agricultural Bank of Namibia http://agribank.com.na/
  3. Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency http://www.amta.na
  4. Air Namibia http://www.airnamibia.com/
  5. August 26 Holdings Company (Pty) Ltd http://www.august26.com.na/
  6. Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia https://www.cran.na/
  7. Development Bank of Namibia http://www.dbn.com.na/
  8. Diamond Board of Namibia https://www.diamondsnamibia.com
  9. Electricity Control Board https://www.ecb.org.na/
  10. Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia http://www.eifnamibia.com/
  11. Epangelo Mining Company (Proprietary) Limited http://www.epangelomining.com/
  12. Fisheries Observer Agency http://www.foa.com.na/
  13. Games Products Trust Fund http://www.gptf.org.na/
  14. Henties Bay Waterfront (Proprietary) Limited
  15. Karakul Board of Namibia http://www.swakara.net/
  16. Lüderitz Waterfront Limited http://luderitzwaterfront.com.na/
  17. Meat Board of Namibia http://www.nammic.com.na/
  18. Meat Corporation of Namibia https://www.meatco.com.na/
  19. Minerals Development Fund of Namibia http://www.mme.gov.na/mdf/loans/
  20. Motor Vehicle Accident Fund http://www.mvafund.com.na/
  21. Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia)
  22. Namibia Agronomic Board http://www.nab.com.na/
  23. Namibia Airports Company http://www.airports.com.na/
  24. Namibia Board of Trade (Namibia Trade Forum) http://www.ntf.org.na/
  25. Namibia Bricks Enterprises (Proprietary) Limited
  26. Namibia College of Open Learning http://www.namcol.edu.na/
  27. Namibia Development Corporation http://www.ndc.org.na/
  28. Namibia Estates Agents Board http://www.mti.gov.na/neab.html
  29. Namibia Financial Institution Supervisory Authority https://www.namfisa.com.na/
  30. Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust http://www.nfcpt.com.na/
  31. Namibia Institute for Mining Technology http://www.nimtnamibia.com/
  32. Namibia Institute of Pathology http://www.nip.com.na/
  33. Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation http://namibre.com/
  34. Namibia Post http://www.nampost.com.na/
  35. Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings
  36. Namibia Power Corporation (Proprietary) Limited http://www.nampower.com.na/
  37. Namibia Press Agency http://www.nampa.org/
  38. Namibia Qualifications Authority http://www.namqa.org/
  39. National Special Risks Association  (Nasria) http://www.nasria.com.na/
  40. Namibia Sports Commission http://www.namibiasport.org/
  41. Namibia Standards Institute (NSI) http://www.nsi.com.na/
  42. Namibia Statistic Agency https://nsa.org.na/
  43. Namibia Tourism Board http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/
  44. Namibia Training Authority http://www.nta.com.na/
  45. Namibia Water Corporation Ltd https://www.namwater.com.na/
  46. Namibia Wildlife Resorts Company https://www.nwr.com.na/
  47. Namibian Broadcasting Corporation http://www.nbc.na/
  48. Namibian College of Open Learning http://www.namcol.edu.na/
  49. Namibian Competition Commission http://www.nacc.com.na/
  50. Namibian Institute of Public  Administration and Management http://www.nipam.na/
  51. Namibian Ports Authority http://www.namport.com.na
  52. Namibian University of Science and Technology http://www.nust.na/
  53. National Art Gallery of Namibia http://www.nagn.org.na/
  54. National Commission on Research, Science and Technology http://www.ncrst.na/
  55. National Council for Higher Education http://www.nche.org.na/
  56. National Disability Council http://www.ndcn.com.na/
  57. National Fishing Corporation of Namibia Ltd http://www.seaflowergroup.com.na/
  58. National Heritage Council http://www.nhc-nam.org/
  59. National Housing Enterprise http://www.nhe.com.na/
  60. National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Proprietary) Limited https://www.namcor.com.na/
  61. National Theatre of Namibia (Association not for gain) http://www.ntn.org.na/
  62. National Youth Council http://www.youthcouncil-namibia.org/
  63. National Youth Service http://www.nys.com.na/
  64. New Era Publication Corporation https://www.nepc.com.na/
  65. Offshore Development Company http://www.mti.gov.na/odc.html
  66. Powercom http://www.powercom.na/
  67. Road Fund Administration http://www.rfanam.com.na/
  68. Roads Authority http://www.ra.org.na/
  69. Roads Contractor Company http://www.rcc.com.na/
  70. Roads Fund Administration http://www.rfanam.com.na/
  71. Security Enterprises and Security  Officers Regulation Board
  72. Social Security Commission https://www.ssc.org.na/
  73. Star Protection Services (Proprietary) Limited
  74. Telecom Namibia http://www.telecom.na/
  75. TransNamib Holdings Ltd www.transnamib.com
  76. Trust Fund for Regional Development and Equality Provisions http://www.murd.gov.na/trust-fund-new
  77. University of Namibia http://www.unam.edu.na/
  78. War Veterans Trust Fund http://www.oag.gov.na/war-veterans-trust-fund
  79. Windhoek Machinen Fabrik (1998) (Proprietary) Limited http://www.wmf.com.na/
  80. Zambezi Waterfront (Proprietary) Limited

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

List of State-Owned Enterprises in Namibia

Accreditation Board of Namibia SADC Body?
Agricultural Bank of Namibia http://agribank.com.na/
Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency  http://www.amta.na
Air Namibia http://www.airnamibia.com/
August 26 Holdings Company (Pty) Ltd http://www.august26.com.na/
Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia https://www.cran.na/
Development Bank of Namibia http://www.dbn.com.na/
Diamond Board of Namibia https://www.diamondsnamibia.com
Electricity Control Board https://www.ecb.org.na/
Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia http://www.eifnamibia.com/
Epangelo Mining Company (Proprietary) Limited http://www.epangelomining.com/
Fisheries Observer Agency http://www.foa.com.na/
Games Products Trust Fund http://www.gptf.org.na/
Henties Bay Waterfront (Proprietary) Limited
Karakul Board of Namibia http://www.swakara.net/
Lüderitz Waterfront Limited http://luderitzwaterfront.com.na/
Meat Board of Namibia http://www.nammic.com.na/
Meat Corporation of Namibia https://www.meatco.com.na/
Minerals Development Fund of Namibia http://www.mme.gov.na/mdf/loans/
Motor Vehicle Accident Fund http://www.mvafund.com.na/
Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia)
Namibia Agronomic Board http://www.nab.com.na/
Namibia Airports Company http://www.airports.com.na/
Namibia Board of Trade (Namibia Trade Forum) http://www.ntf.org.na/
Namibia Bricks Enterprises (Proprietary) Limited
Namibia College of Open Learning http://www.namcol.edu.na/
Namibia Development Corporation http://www.ndc.org.na/
Namibia Estates Agents Board http://www.mti.gov.na/neab.html
Namibia Financial Institution Supervisory Authority https://www.namfisa.com.na/
Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust http://www.nfcpt.com.na/
Namibia Institute for Mining Technology http://www.nimtnamibia.com/
Namibia Institute of Pathology http://www.nip.com.na/
Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation http://namibre.com/
Namibia Post http://www.nampost.com.na/
Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings
Namibia Power Corporation (Proprietary) Limited http://www.nampower.com.na/
Namibia Press Agency http://www.nampa.org/
Namibia Qualifications Authority http://www.namqa.org/
National Special Risks Association  (Nasria) http://www.nasria.com.na/
Namibia Sports Commission http://www.namibiasport.org/
Namibia Standards Institute (NSI) http://www.nsi.com.na/
Namibia Statistic Agency https://nsa.org.na/
Namibia Tourism Board http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/
Namibia Training Authority http://www.nta.com.na/
Namibia Water Corporation Ltd https://www.namwater.com.na/
Namibia Wildlife Resorts Company https://www.nwr.com.na/
Namibian Broadcasting Corporation http://www.nbc.na/
Namibian College of Open Learning http://www.namcol.edu.na/
Namibian Competition Commission http://www.nacc.com.na/
Namibian Institute of Public  Administration and Management http://www.nipam.na/
Namibian Ports Authority http://www.namport.com.na
Namibian University of Science and Technology http://www.nust.na/
National Art Gallery of Namibia http://www.nagn.org.na/
National Commission on Research, Science and Technology http://www.ncrst.na/
National Council for Higher Education http://www.nche.org.na/
National Disability Council http://www.ndcn.com.na/
National Fishing Corporation of Namibia Ltd http://www.seaflowergroup.com.na/
National Heritage Council http://www.nhc-nam.org/
National Housing Enterprise http://www.nhe.com.na/
National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Proprietary) Limited https://www.namcor.com.na/
National Theatre of Namibia (Association not for gain) http://www.ntn.org.na/
National Youth Council http://www.youthcouncil-namibia.org/
National Youth Service http://www.nys.com.na/
New Era Publication Corporation https://www.nepc.com.na/
Offshore Development Company http://www.mti.gov.na/odc.html
Powercom http://www.powercom.na/
Road Fund Administration http://www.rfanam.com.na/
Roads Authority http://www.ra.org.na/
Roads Contractor Company http://www.rcc.com.na/
Roads Fund Administration http://www.rfanam.com.na/
Security Enterprises and Security  Officers Regulation Board
Social Security Commission https://www.ssc.org.na/
Star Protection Services (Proprietary) Limited
Telecom Namibia http://www.telecom.na/
TransNamib Holdings Ltd www.transnamib.com
Trust Fund for Regional Development and Equality Provisions http://www.murd.gov.na/trust-fund-new
University of Namibia http://www.unam.edu.na/
War Veterans Trust Fund http://www.oag.gov.na/war-veterans-trust-fund
Windhoek Machinen Fabrik (1998) (Proprietary) Limited http://www.wmf.com.na/
Zambezi Waterfront (Proprietary) Limited

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Why computer decision making makes us less human

Computers are wonderful tools for taking the boring work and doing it with complaining. However, we must realize that no computer can replace the human trigger of compassion, love or understanding of another human being.

Rachel (not her real name) has a small business selling various indigenous products ranging from ingredients of traditional beer to the homemade beer, cloth for traditional dresses to the complete customer ordered dress, etc. Her monthly income ranges from 15,000 to 20,000 a month. Last month she had an unexpected bonus when a musical group ordered dresses valued at over 200,000. Being a shrewd businesswoman she invested 50,000 in paying her rent for 8 eight months in advance as well as stocking up her food so she will only need to replenish at the end of February next year. After all she has learnt the hard way what happens during Januworry. Her company has continued making its usual income and she feels quite secure in her present position and is even thinking of expanding and adding another staff member. However, quite unexpectedly as Death tends to be, her brother passed away and the funeral arrangements with the obligatory trip to the north for the funeral have depleted all her savings that she needed to cope with till end of the month.

Upon her return from the funeral she decides to visit the bank to get a loan of N$ 1,500 to pay for every day expenses till she gets her payment of N$20,000 for an order that already been delivered. She visits her ban and has all her paperwork in order. She even has a certified copy of the death certificate to show why she needs a loan. The bank turns down her loan application when she approaches the front desk and does not even send her in to see a manager. She requests to see the bank manager but is explained that regardless of whether she sees the manager, the “system” has already turned down her application. It is explained that her account was now in debit of - N$ 123.00 and her clients have not done their payments via electronic funds transfer (EFT). The computer has indicated that she is not trustworthy for a loan and no staff member can overwrite that instruction.

It is important to remember at this point that the banks make their money by loaning their customers money which they must make repayments – with the additional interest charged being the profit they make.

At some point, the top managers of banks, of which very few these days have come through the ranks from being tellers working with customers, decided to use computers to make decisions on whether the historical data should give out loans. According to international norms, “information about your past payment history gives a more accurate prediction of your future actions”.

Let us take this analogy and use it to consider whether a person will smoke in the future. According to the financial industry model, if a person who has smoked in the past, they are most likely to smoke again. They would not consider has the person stopped smoking, but only that they have smoked. It is thus clear that according to the banking (perhaps insurance too) fraternity, you are what you have always been and will probably not change.

Giving the decision making power of whether you may qualify for a loan based on an algorithm that cannot have the compassion of the present situation of the customer must not be allowed to become normal practice.  The most worrying factor is when these algorithms make decisions based on our ethnicity, marital status, or any other arbitrary factors decided by computer programmers away from the reality of life, we will be less for it.

No computer will ever be able to make decisions based on the unexpected happenings life throws our way.