Standard Bank strongly support the measures that have been announced as necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the lives of our clients and fellow citizens.
March 21, 2020 is the 30th year of Namibia’s independence and the inauguration of Namibia’s third president Hage Geingob for his second and final term in office. These dual celebrations are not about one individual, but about what Namibia as an entire nation of 2.6 million people, stands for.
Questions are being raised over the decision by the Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev) to award a multimillion dollar fertilizer supply tender to South African company, Kynoch, whose Namibian agent was linked to the government agency, despite the company not having bid for the tender.
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.