Lately, the issue of abortion is being openly and reasonably debated in Namibia. The recent horrifying statistic of over 7,335 abortions recorded at hospitals countrywide between 1 January and 31 December last year, provoked this reaction. What a sad note on which to start an important national debate.
Local economists say that Namibia has been in recession since the third quarter of last year, as confirmed by the release of the 2016 preliminary national accounts this week, which show that the domestic economy recorded a marginal growth of 0,2 percent last year, compared to 6,1 percent in 2015. The statistics released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), showed that the drop in growth was led by a 10,4 percent contraction in secondary industries and a -2,4 percent growth in primary industries, which implied that the recession intensified over the last quarter of 2016.
I have just watched an American TV series called Madam Secretary, where a plotline within the story was about the Namibian rhino poaching crisis. In the show, ‘President Kibangu’ (or some sort of wild name) of Namibia asks the US Secretary of State for military equipment to help fight poachers in ‘E-toe-sha’. While I laughed at the names they used, what is really happening with rhinos, elephants and other high-value animals is not funny at all.
Former US President, George W. Bush, is set to jet into the Land of the Brave early next month, to officiate over the donation of money to various HIV/AIDS organisations, while also working with the First Lady, Monica Geingos’ One Economy Foundation, the Windhoek Observer can exclusively reveal.