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Kiyomisandz, Namibia-based Beauty Company Launches Skincare Products

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Kiyomisandz, the lifestyle brand and skincare company that develops premium quality skincare products for men and women launched a new line, ‘Summer Rain Skin (SRSKIN)’.

Although the launch was held online, management is busy preparing to host an official event soon.

“We held a countdown and the response was amazing. We would however love to do a small launch event to celebrate our achievements and appreciate those who have supported us, once it is safe to do so during the Covid-19 pandemic,” marketing executive Hina Rijatua says.

Rijatua says the SRSKIN is a brand that aims to provide high-performance, result-oriented products, while educating the Namibian market on effective and safe skincare.

The line consists of a make-up remover, facial toners, facial cleansers, facial scrubs and face masques for dry/sensitive, oily/combination and normal skin types.

She says products from the line are for both men and women. “Anybody can buy SRSKIN. We realised the best way to approach skincare was not by gender or age group, but by individual skin type and particular skin issue,” Rijatua says.

According to Rijatua, since the start of Kiyomisandz, it has always been their plan to introduce skincare products, but the time was never right.

“It was the time that we did not have. With the Covid-19 pandemic, we were affected just like many other businesses, but also finally had the time to perfect all aspects of the brand and products before its launch. 

“More importantly, we wanted to create a brand and image for skincare that is relatable to everyone. If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, it is that taking care of yourself is always going to be a priority,” she says.

During the pandemic they found new ways to stay effective and still sell to their clients.

“Yes, it has been tough at times this year mostly from the aftermath of going through the first lockdown. Importing raw materials became difficult, which affected our business process temporarily due to the pandemic, but on the one hand the pandemic worked in our favour.

“We had an online store, and this allowed our customers to continue enjoying their shopping experience without compromising their health. Negatively, people were prioritising spending money on essentials. Our brand was not essential, so we created a brand that was essential: hand sanitisers,” she added.  

Rijatua says in this industry it is very important to adapt to circumstances and survive during the various challenges. She advises other businesses to always notice the gap in the market.

“You must notice the need from your customer and establish how you can meet their needs. By not doing this over the years, we don’t think that we would have been this successful today,” she says.

Despite the heavy strain that the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on the business, Rijatua says they are pleased to have seen key stakeholders and the government recognise the need to grow and support locally produced products.

“It is sad to witness the consequences of depending too much on importing essential finished products while we could invest and turn towards local businesses that already manufacture these goods.

“Our customers have been requesting for high-performance skincare products for years. We finally allocated a budget to develop it this year and we are happy to deliver these results to the Namibian consumer,” Rijatua says.

 The launch of the new line serves as an indication that Kiyomisandz is doing their part in building towards growing the  essential manufacturing industry in Namibia, she added.

To date Kiyomisandz has launched 99 products, including products such as ‘The original Kiyomisandz Summer Rain collection’ and the new ‘Discontinued Hand Sanitisers’.

“My team and I believe this will continue to prove our aim and missions we’ve set out since starting Kiyomisandz. That we are here to professionally and skilfully manufacture proudly Namibian cosmetic and personal care products that can compete with international brands on the retailers’ shelves and export to neighbouring countries and the rest of the world,” Rijatua says.

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The SRSKIN Brand will be expanding soon, to have more products.

Kiyomisandz was formed in 2015 with the vision to help grow the Namibian and African cosmetic and toiletry manufacturing industry.

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AVCA Board appoints Abi Mustapha-Maduakor as CEO

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AVCA: The Board of Directors of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Abi Mustapha-Maduakor as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Ms Mustapha-Maduakor joins AVCA from MedAccess, a subsidiary of CDC Group, where she was Head of Business Operations and Finance, overseeing financial and risk management, strategy implementation, and organisational development.

During her tenure as AVCA’s Chief Operating Officer from 2016 to 2019, Abi played an integral role in driving the Association’s strategy, prioritising knowledge exchange and digitisation. Under her leadership, the Association strengthened focus on data and pioneering research, professional development support for private equity stakeholders, and strategic regional partnerships, all of which grew the membership to around 150 investors collectively managing US$1.5trn in assets.

The appointment follows an extensive global search led by the Board.

Abi will take up the position on 1 February 2021, and there will be a transition period with interim CEO, Dara Owoyemi, until her departure.

‘Tokunboh Ishmael, Chair of the Board, said: “After a rigorous process, it was clear to the selection committee that Abi is the right leader for this chapter in AVCA’s life. Her knowledge of the African investment landscape, advocacy, business strategy and risk management will be instrumental in her role leading the Association through its next phase and transformation, as investors and portfolio companies navigate various social, economic, political and institutional challenges. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Dara Owoyemi for her immense support and guidance as we searched for a permanent CEO.”

Abi brings several years of finance and banking experience to the role. Previously, she was Special Adviser on private sector development to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria. She also held leadership positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and EY.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Mustapha-Maduakor said: “It is an honour to be appointed as CEO during this time of tremendous change in the global economy. As the Association’s new leader, my priority will be to build on the success of the past 20 years and transform AVCA into a conduit for diverse and varied sources of private investment in Africa. I look forward to working with the Board and team to deliver first-class member services, putting digital transformation, smart data and collaboration at the heart of our work.”A

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Novarick Appoints Otonye Lolomari as Non-Executive Director

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L-R: Non-Executive Director, Otonye Lolomari and Chief Executive Officer, Noah Ibrahim, both of Novarick Homes and Properties during the official presentation in Lekki, Lagos.

Novarick Homes and Properties Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Mr. Otonye Tony Lolomari as a Non-Executive Director. This takes effect from 21 of January, as the company is driven to reposition its management and business development for sustainable growth.

Lolomari brings over 24 years of industry experience which includes his position as a director of ICE Commercial Power in 2018, then moved to Chevron, Husky Energy and Schlumberger in Trinidad before joining the Novarick team. He also worked with leading companies and experts in different Continents like Europe, Africa and the USA.

According to Noah Ibrahim, CEO Novarick Homes, the new affiliation will position the company to make better decisions and propel the brand to a greater height. “We intend to continue collaborating with top professional within and outside our industry to achieve a well-rounded organization”, he noted.

Prior to his appointment, Lolomari has contributed and rendered supports in various forms to the goals and objectives of Novarick. The strong passion for inclusion, experimentation and empowerment drives his career towards a distinguished level of proficiency.

Furthermore, Novarick Homes operates other subsidiaries in segments like Property Development, Property Investment, Property Procurement & Advisory, Joint Ventures and Facility Management. The company is also working actively to achieve number 7, 9 and 11 of the 17 World Sustainable Development Goals.

Over the years, the firm has provided green, sustainable and smart real estate solutions using clean and renewable energy. Some major on-going projects include the Ruby Apartments, Nova Gardens and WAZOBIA Courts, all in Lagos State.

Novarick Homes and Properties is a fast-rising real estate development firm which was incorporated in 2018 and based in Lagos. The company is also focused on bridging the housing gap by building affordable and eco-friendly communities in Nigeria.

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Qatar Airways Expands Africa Network with Increase in Flight Frequencies

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Cape Town, Casablanca and Tunis will increase to five weekly flights, while Johannesburg will increase to 18 weekly flights, offering passengers more flexible and reliable travel options

Airline’s young mixed fleet of sustainable aircraft has enabled it to continue flying throughout the pandemic and rebuild its global network to more than 800 weekly flights to over 120 destinations via the Best Airport in the Middle East

Qatar Airways continues to be the leading global carrier connecting Africa, operating one of the largest and most reliable networks in the region. Having become the largest international carrier during the early stages of the pandemic, the airline has applied its unrivalled knowledge of global passenger flows and booking trends to rebuild its Africa network to 23 destinations and more than 100 weekly flights.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be the leading international carrier connecting Africa with Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., offering more flexible travel options and a global network of flights that passengers, trade and business partners can rely on. Having launched three new destinations in Africa with Abuja, Accra and Luanda joining our network in 2020, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to the region by adding new routes and steadily increasing frequencies across the continent. With the resumption of Alexandria and Cairo, we will operate over 100 weekly flights to and from Africa with connections via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport, to our global network of over 120 destinations. As global travel recovers in 2021, we look forward to further expanding our network and offering more connections to and from Africa.”

In line with the airline’s steady rebuild of its Africa network, Qatar Airways plans to increase frequencies to the following destinations:

  • Alexandria (two weekly flights resumed 25 January)
  • Cairo (up to 16 weekly flights resumed 18 January)
  • Cape Town (increasing to five weekly flights from 1 February)
  • Casablanca (increased to five weekly flights from 21 January)
  • Durban (increasing to three weekly flights from 14 February)
  • Johannesburg (increasing to 18 weekly flights from 26 January)
  • Maputo (increasing to three weekly flights from 14 February)
  • Tunis (increased to five weekly flights from 24 January)

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 120 destinations with plans to increase to over 130 by the end of March 2021.

Qatar Airways has become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. This follows HIA’s recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These recognitions provides assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

Passengers can book flights with peace of mind, knowing that Qatar Airways offers unlimited date changes and fee-free refunds for all tickets issued before 30 April 2021, for travel completed by 31 December 2021. The carrier’s industry-leading flexible booking policy also provides the permanent feature of exchanging tickets for a travel voucher with 10% additional value for all customers booking travel via qatarairways.com. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/Flexibility.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. The Qsuite seat layout is a 1-2-1 configuration, providing passengers with the most spacious, fully private, comfortable and social distanced Business Class product in the sky. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne and New York. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

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