The CEO of the Government Insurance Pension Fund (GIPF), David Nuyoma made a comment this week that needs to be repeated. He said, “The GIPF will not be making any rushed investment decisions [due to the virus].” This wisdom needs to be injected into our Covid-19 mitigation ideas and plans right now.
As of the publication date of this newspaper, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Namibia. However, seven cases have been confirmed in South Africa (as of March 11, 2020). Emotive, alarmist panic about this disease is counterproductive. Being informed, alert and prepared is best path available.
May we pose the question of whether our current party-based system of deciding Parliamentary seats is still viable 30 years after independence? Is the time fast approaching where there needs to be a plebiscite on whether parties should decide on law makers, particularly in local elections, or whether the people in a community have the right to choose who they want to represent them, regardless of national parties and party-politics?
A steady number of Chinese tourists or people who have travelled to China are entering Namibia right now. With last month's outbreak of the baffling, yet contagious and debilitating coronavirus, cases of infection are spreading in China and other countries. Is the Namibian Ministry of Health paying attention to this?