One cannot overemphasise the importance of the United Nations conference on desertification currently underway in our country’s capital Windhoek, and ends on Friday. Sadly, however, the subject matter of the conference seems to have passed over most people’s heads, and it somehow seems not to have engaged the attention of the average Namibian citizen.
We all really needed something to lift our spirits after the gloom of a bleak, cold winter and the persistent drought that afflicts most of the country. The onset of warmer summer weather and the announcement of Government’s Mass Housing Development Initiative could not have come at a better time to help cheer us up.
The decision to rename the Caprivi region and the town of Lüderitz to Zambezi region and !Nami?Nüs respectively has provoked a storm of protest in some quarters. Whatever one might think of the new names, it should serve to remind us that the question of place names will always remain a sensitive issue.