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Namibia CH O GM Guide to Investing in Namibia

16th-20th April 2018

Republic of Namibia


The Gateway to Unlimited Opportunities Windhoek is the capital and the most populous city in political stable Namibia. It’s the commercial centre of business and administrative seat of government. The city is strategically located in the center of Namibia providing efficient and easy access to other regions in the country as well as to the SADC region and beyond. The city is well connected to the Trans-Kalahari and Trans-Caprivi highways, which link Namibia with the rest of SADC region and all major world markets through the deep-sea harbor of Walvis Bay. Windhoek has modern roads, rail and airport infrastructure and is thus easily accessible on land via well maintained roads and rail network as well as by sea via its Walvis bay port. The city: •

is the least expensive city in Southern Africa Mercer Annual Cost of Living Survey 2016

is the fourth best city in Africa for overall quality of living Mercer Quality of Living Survey

is the third safest city in Africa, second safest in SADC Aegis Advisory (web:

has trainable and ample supply of labor

offers excellent medical services

has good housing and recreational facilities

Currently, the city offers attractive opportunities ranging from the servicing of land, low cost housing, renewable energy production, industrial parks development, warehousing and distribution, food processing, numerous tourism prospects including meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE), just to mention a few. With its political stable environment, traditional pro-business attitude, rapid urbanization and a growing middle class, Windhoek is the place to live, play and do business in Southern Africa.

VISION To be a SMART and Caring City by 2022

MISSION 2 Guide Investingefficient in Namibia To Enhance the quality of life forCHOGM all our people bytorendering and effective municipal services.

About Namibia Namibia is a small, open economy with a trade to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio of over 100 percent. Namibia has, historically, enjoyed relatively better economic growth relative to the global and Sub-Saharan African Region.


: H. E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob

Vice President

: H. E. Dr. Nangolo Mbumba

Prime Minister

: Rt. Hon. Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila


: Unity, Liberty, Justice


: “Namibia, Land of the Brave”


: Windhoek (22°34.2’S 17°5.167’E)

Official Language : English Denonym

: Namibian


: Presidential Republic

Constitution Day : 9 February (not public holiday) Independence Day : 21 March 1990 (from colonial South Africa) Legislature

: Parliament

Parliament : National Council (Upper House) / National Assembly (Lower House) Independence

: 21 March 1990 (from colonial South Africa)


: 825,418 km2 (34th) / 318,696 sq mi


: 2,113 077 (2011)


: 2.54/km² (235th) / 6.6/sq mi

Regions : 14 Regions: Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Kavango East, Kavango West, Khomas, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa and Zambezi Neighbours

: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Angola


: Atlantic Ocean

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H. E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob President of the Republic of Namibia

H. E. Dr. Nangolo Mbumba Vice President of the Republic of Namibia

Rt. Hon. Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia


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Our Boutique Assets


amibia is located strategically with a young and trainable workforce aged between 16 and 35. The Namibian population is primarily made up of the youth who comprises over 56% of the total population. Minerals, fish, fish products, meat and beverages are the main exports to destinations like United States of America, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and China. Namibia heavily relies on exports as a means of revenue income. Main sources of imports are: South Africa, Germany, Italy, Japan and China. In the mining industry, which is one of the important catalysts in promoting industrial base and value addition to all-natural resources it is expected that jobs for youth will be created while, the government has come up with attractive incentives in sponsoring the training of skills for local Namibians. The agricultural sector which contributed 3.4% to national GDP in 2016, mainly from crop and livestock farming, is likely to offer numerous opportunities for investment in irrigation technologies, processing of meat, cultivation of fruits and processing of vegetables and fruits. Namibia is currently rated number 6 as one of the best tourist destination in Africa. As a unique destination with vast open space, desert, sea, wildlife, cultural diversities and highest dunes, Namibia offers investment in health tourism like conference facilities, lodges, hotels, cruise ships and sport adventures.



argeted interventions to support the development of private sector and implementation of pro-employment public investment programmes need to be given the highest priority in the medium-term. This will require strong coordination and appropriate funding of pro-growth, proemployment interventions in the priority sectors of the economy.

National Development Plans


amibia remains confident in its ability to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities by 2025. Our national aspiration, articulated in Vision 2030, aims to produce world-class citizens, products and services and offer citizens a prosperous livelihood. The National Development Plans remain a guiding compass towards the attainment of Vision 2030. In 2017 we launched the fifth National Development Plan for the period 2017 to 2022. The Harambee Prosperity Plan is our shortterm impact plan, aiming to accelerate implementation of long-term development plans. All these national plans have one common objective: To deliver Prosperity for all Namibians. As a nation, we have successfully created the space for all Namibians to commit to a common future, with shared obligations and benefits.

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A new era in Namibia’s diamond industry. The story of Namibia’s diamond industry started in 1908 when a young Zacharias Lewala picked up a shiny diamond near Lüderitz. This set off the biggest diamond rush in history. For nearly 90 years, the industry continued to grow and Namibian diamonds became sought after, the world over. In 1994 the Namibian Government took the first step towards taking control of our diamond resources through the establishment of Namdeb. Soon after, beneficiation took centre stage and 13 new cutting and polishing factories were established. Now it’s time for a new chapter in the story of Namibia’s diamonds. The Birth of Namib Desert Diamonds NAMDIA - heralds a new era in the industry. Its a testimony of Namibia’s resolve towards greater involvement in the value chain. Established by the Government of the Republic of Namibia, NAMDIA will trade its allocation of rough diamonds, thereby helping Namibia determine the value of her diamonds.

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KEY AREAS Windhoek City


Swakopmund 10 Henties Bay


Omaruru 16 Arandis 18 Stampriet 20 Namib Desert Diamonds (Pty) Ltd


Outapi 24 InnSun Energy Holdings


Omaheke 30 Otjinene 32 NUST: Department of International 34 Relations Nkurenkuru 38 Keetmashoop 40 Otjiwarongo 42 Okahandja 44


Usi Hoebeb Communications

Introduction 3 Assets, Interventions & National Development Plans


Growth at Home


Economic Performance


Procurement & Service Delivery


Harambe Prosperity Plan


Governance 29 Social Safety Nets & Education



Container Terminal progress as at 23 January 2017

Artistic impression of new Container Terminal.


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Published May 2017

NAMPORT MEGA PROJECTS NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL To support the growth and performance of Namibia’s economy, Namport has to continually upgrade and expand. This is why the new container on reclaimed land project was implemented in the Port of Walvis Bay. This project will expand not only the Container handling capacity in the Port of Walvis Bay, but also that of non-containerized cargo such as dry-bulk and break-bulk. The project will cater for containerized cargo handling capacity well into the next decade. The Port of Walvis Bay is ideally located to accelerate the growth of Namibia and the SADC region as a whole by providing a gateway to the region, thus serving as a Logistics Hub. -

The new Container Terminal project is valued at N$ 4 Billion. A N$ 3 Billion loan from the African Development Bank was received in November 2013. The ground-breaking ceremony for the project took place on 19 May 2014 and was officiated by His Excellency the former Head of State, President Pohamba. The main contractor is China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. The reclamation process involves dredging and reclaiming 40 hectares of new land from the bay. The project will increase the current TEU capacity from 350,000 TEU’s to 750,000 TEU’s per annum. It will have 600m of new quay wall length with a water depth of 16m below chart datum. The overall project progress to date stands at 56%, as at 25 November 2016

Head Office: Namport, Nr 17, Rikumbi Kandanga Rd, P O Box 361, Walvis Bay, Namibia, Tel: (+264 64) 208 2111, Fax: (+264 64) 208 2323

CHOGM Investing in Namibia Port of Lüderitz:Guide Hafen Street,to P O Box 836, Lüderitz, Namibia, Tel: (+264 63) 200 2017, Fax: (+264 63) 200 2028



Mayor: Pauline N D Nashilundo

Category: Municipal Council

Acting CEO: Mr Marco Swarts

Population: ±60 000

Postal Address: P. O. Box 53, Swakopmund, Namibia Physical Address: Rakotoka Street, Swakopmund

Swakopmund is one of the three major centers in Namibia along with its neighbor, Walvis Bay and the capital city, Windhoek. It has been growing rapidly and developing all necessary infrastructure to qualify as a city.


wakopmund (German for ‘Mouth of Swakop’) is located on the central coast of Namibia, 340km west of Windhoek. Swakopmund was founded in August 1892 by Captain Curt François, and was intended to be the main harbour of German South-West Africa. Swakopmund became the main port for imports and exports and received Municipal status in 1909. After the Union of South Africa took over from German South-West Africa, Swakopmund was said to be less prosperous, but recognition as a holiday and tourist destination kept the town going. Uranium was discovered near Rössing Mountain in 1928 and this led to the development of the world’s largest opencast uranium mine approximately 70km away. As a result Swakopmund was able to expand into a modern town. Swakopmund is the capital of the Erongo Region. Along with the political recognition, investment in office space by government ministries and the vibrant private sector investing and re-investing in Swakopmund, the town experienced a period of rapid economic growth and sustained fiscal stability over the past 20 years. There are now 5 Uranium mines in the region and they all call Swakopmund home.


Telephone: +264 (0) 64 410 4111 Fax: +264 (0) 88 614 514 E-mail: Facebook: Swakopmund Municipality Instagram: #swkmun Twitter: @swkmun Website:

This has created an environment which is attractive for families, tourists, corporates, and all sectors of industry as well as investors. Swakopmund has become the main alternative to the capital city as a venue for hosting national and international conferences and events. The Swakopmund airport serves primarily for chartered and pleasure flights and skydiving while the international airport at Walvis Bay is only 40 km away. Similarly, the best harbour on the African continent is in Walvis Bay where pleasure cruises dock regularly and around 75% of Namibia’s imports enter the country. Swakopmund is well connected to the capital city and the rest of the country by way of a high quality bitumen road and overnight rail. The Dome (Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre) is one of the few indoor sports centers with internationally approved standards in SADC. The building caters for conferences, music festivals and events (like the Namibia Annual Music Awards), trade shows, office space, restaurants, shops, bars, sporting activities like volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, hockey and a fitness and wellness centre. There is also an hotel on site to making it ideal for international athletes.

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The municipality has an innovative recycling system which fits in with its aims to be a green city. Swakopmund Recycling and Sorting Plant was launched during September 2015 and is situated a few kilometers outside Swakopmund close to the landfill site. Swakopmund is also one of the cleanest towns in the Namibia and continuously strives to reduce its carbon footprint and implementing best practices environmental sustainability.

The Platz am Meer Mall at the Waterfront is a one stop convenient shopping, banking, entertainment and fitness center with adequate parking. As a new landmark, it promotes tourism and the new small craft harbour and boat mooring facilities puts Swakopmund on the international sailing map.

Education is the key to the future of every generation. The Council of Swakopmund is committed to provide land for schools and other educational institutions. There are currently four (4) Private schools and eleven (11) government schools.

As a primarily tourist town, Swakopmund has numerous high quality coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and accommodation establishments. There are also bars and nightclubs for entertainment and many activities for the young and old, such as balloon rides, skydiving, quad biking, go-karting, dessert and township tours, golfing, fishing, as well as small marine cruises.

Swakopmund boasts top quality medical and health facilities such as Swakopmund Mediclinic Center, a fully equipped hospital with all the necessary medical equipment and specialists to deal with most major medical and surgical disciplines. There is one state hospital and three state clinics. There are also numerous private medical and dental centers, consulting rooms/ offices and pharmacies providing a range of general and specialist services as well.

Swakopmund is also known as the Hollywood of Namibia due to the many international feature films, documentaries, music videos and advertisements which have been shot in the scenic surrounding areas. The largest and latest of these were the 2008 Roland Emmerich movie 10000 BC and the 2015 Hollywood production, Mad Max: Fury Road, featuring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy and the 2016 production, The Mummy featuring Tom Cruise.

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Henties Bay

Mayor: Herman Honeb

Category: Municipality

CEO: Reinhardt Stevens Ochs

Population: ±4 720 (2011)

Postal Address: P. O. Box 61, Henties Bay, Namibia Physical Address: Erf 1513, C/o Jakkalsputz Road & Nicky Iyambo Avenue

Henties Bay (English, literally: Henty’s Bay) is a coastal town in the Erongo Region of western Namibia. It is located 70 km north of Swakopmund and is an important holiday settlement.


0 kilometres to the north of the town is the seal colony of Cape Cross. The town has about 8,000 inhabitants (10,000 during the holiday season) and 121 square kilometers (47 sq mi) of land.

History Bartolomeu Dias sailed along the Atlantic coast in 1488. Near the area of today’s Henties Bay he discovered such an abundance of fish that he named this coastline Praia das Sardinhas, Coast of Fish. The fresh water source was first discovered by Schutztruppe soldiers in 1886. In 1920, a minerals prospector stayed overnight. After tasting the water he was said to be healed from an affliction. The namesake of the town is major Hendrik “Henty” Stefanus van der Merwe who discovered the place in 1929 while looking for water.

Environment and tourism The town is predominantly a tourist destination for anglers and 4x4 enthusiasts. Its property market has expanded significantly since the late 1990s, particularly for upmarket holiday accommodation.

Telephone: +264 (0) 64 502 000 Fax: +264 (0) 64 502 001 Website: Henties Bay is situated in the National West Coast Recreation Area but there are few restrictions, particularly for driving off-road on the beach and across the plains. This lures tourists into the area but puts a burden on the sensitive environment. Specifically, in danger are the lichen fields which take decades to recover from tracks cut through them, and the Damara tern which is endemic to the Skeleton Coast and threatened by habitat loss. A new multi-million dollar Tourism Center was inaugurated in October 2016. Henties’ Bay is Namibian paradise for fishermen. The origin of the village happened in an unhurried African manner: In 1929 a certain Major Hentie van der Merwe found a fresh water spring at the mouth of the Omaruru River, spent his holiday here and caught fish. In the years to follow he regularly returned taking along friends for fishing and relaxation and one hut was followed by some more, followed by a campsite and eventually the town developed.

Accommodation Henties Bay provides a variety of holiday accommodation establishments in different categories, from hotels to camping facilities. All the accommodation establishments listed are registered with the Namibia Tourism Board to meet the national requirements for accommodation facilities in Namibia. All rooms are fully equipped with basics such as ensuite bathroom with shower over bath, twin beds, fans, televisions and daily housekeeping, while self-catering units are fitted with fridge, stove, oven, utensils, lounge, bathroom, bedrooms and dining area.


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2016 Namibian Town of the Year winner


olden opportunities hedge at the 2016 Kwela Town Council of the Year, unlocking Henties Bay Investment Potential Opportunity.

Construction of low and middle-income houses: • Real estate development • Financing 1000 low and middle-income houses between N$80 000 – N$ 400 000. Tourism Waterfront Initative: Leisure, Recreation and relaxation through: • Cinema • 5 Star hotel with more than 100 beds

Investments through PPP for civics project: • C1: Fire Station and emergency services • C2: Secondary School and hostel • C3: Police satellite station and security, home and property guard services • C4: Community clinic • C5: Community Centre construction phase • C6: Relocation of land strip • C7: Health Centers • C8: Expansion of the cemetery

• Swimming pools

• C9: Primary Schools, pre-schools, creches

• Conference facilities for more than 50-150 people

• C10: Frail cares and old age homes

• Marina (Yacht Bays) • Retail waterfront shopping mall • Recreation park and kids’ private play grounds • Golf estate - Residential Development plots available through golf resort private development • Amphitheatre • Aquatic center • Restaurant and Food retails • Internet Café

Opportunity: • Opportunity for a multipurpose conference facility to accommodate between 100 – 1000 delegates. • Opportunity for urban agriculture and food processing. • Opportunity for private/semi state school (From grades 8-12).

• Aquarium valley

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Growth at Home


he Growth at Home strategy provides a roadmap to achieve the ambition of an industrialized country by 2030. The following interventions have commenced to give credence to these ambitions: • The launch of the ten (10) sector growth strategies in 2017 resulted in the establishment of the Charcoal Association to stimulate development at a sub-sector level. • The revived Equipment Aid Scheme continues to yield transformational impact on the operations of beneficiaries. Since reintroduction of this scheme in 2016, 187 eligible SMEs have benefitted, to date. • Implementation of the Namibia Retail Sector Charter has gained momentum with greatest impact recorded in the cosmetics and horticulture industries. Other transformational activities completed or nearing completion include: • Establishment of a vehicle assembly plant, as a joint venture between the Namibia Development Corporation and Peugeot. The first vehicles are expected to roll off the assembly belt by November 2018. In preparation, a number of vocationally trained graduates will undergo immersion at Peugeot in France.

• Construction of the Keetmanshoop garment manufacturing plant has been completed, fully equipped and ready for commissioning upon the appointment of an operator. • Servicing of twenty-four (24) hectares of industrial land at Brakwater. • Servicing thirty-four (34) hectares of industrial land at Walvis Bay (Ha!Nara Namib Industrial Park) will be completed to reach four hundred (400) hectares and will be turned into an industrial park for local and international companies. • Four hectares of land have been availed for the construction of a beef cold storage facility within the Ha!Nara Namib Industrial Park. The establishment of this facility is a vital cog in our quest to develop our meat export capacity, as it will enable Namibia to export beef via Walvis Bay instead of through neighbouring ports. • The Marine Resources Scorecard on the allocation of fishing quotas, aims to enhance transparency in the allocation of quotas to Right Holders. The aim of this scorecard is not to disadvantage major players that contribute positively to national development. Rather, the scorecard will be instrumental in ensuring equitable distribution of our fishery resources.

• Construction of the Keetmanshoop furniture manufacturing plant has been completed and the factory fully equipped. A lease agreement was signed with the project promoter and production of furniture is expected to commence towards the second half of 2018.


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Economic Perfomance


hile Namibia’s debt ratio increased to 43 percent, our debt remains within sustainable levels as a ratio to GDP and well within the SADC benchmark of 60 percent.

To facilitate private investment, Government adopted the 2017 Public Private Partnership Law and Framework, which sets out clear rules of engagement for joint ventures.

Although economic activities remain subdued, the underlying fundamentals have improved, compared to the previous year:

Other initiatives include unbundling the energy sector through the provision of off-take agreements to independent power producers, especially in renewable energy.

• The external position as measured by international reserves has improved to 4.6 months of import coverage, up from 3.2 months in 2016.


• The inflation rate declined to 6.2 percent in 2017 from 6.7 percent in 2016. The lower inflation in 2017 was mainly due to lower food prices, which significantly relieved the burden on the poor.


• The fiscal deficit narrowed to 5 percent in 2017/18 compared to 7 percent in 2016/17. The deficit is estimated to further decline to 4 percent in 2018/19.

Successful implementation is envisaged to halve the percentage of food insecure people in Namibia, from an estimated 25 percent in 2017, to 12 percent by 2025 and further lead to a reduction in annual grain and cereal imports from 60 percent of total consumption in 2017, to 20 percent by 2025.

• The economic growth outlook is starting to improve on the back of rebounding commodity prices and improving global economic conditions.



ne key lesson learnt from the recent economic downturn is that Namibia’s growth path was overly dependent on consumption and government spending. Namibia has resolved to rebalance its model from consumption driven to investment led growth.

amibia has secured funding to implement the extensive Agricultural Mechanization and Seed Improvement Programme. This programme will be rolled out over a five-year period, from the second quarter of 2018.

This initiative is expected to translate into thousands of job opportunities for rural youth. In addition, a number of transformational initiatives that will positively impact the agricultural sector have been introduced. These include a collateral-free loan to enable communal farmers to access financing against payroll deductions. To date, two-hundred-andtwo (202) loans with a value of N$25.3 million have been approved within eight (8) months of launch.

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Omaruru Category: Town Council | Population: 6 300 (2011) | Official Name: Municipality of Omaruru

Omaruru is situated near the Erongo Mountains, on the usually dry Omaruru River. It is located on the main paved road from Swakopmund to Otjiwarongo. The name in the local Otjiherero language means ‘bitter milk’, as the cattle used to browse on a local bush that turned their milk bitter.


he town is known for its annual festival where the Herero community commemorate their past chiefs, its winery and the dinosaur footprints nearby Otjihenamaparero.

History In 1871, Anders Ohlsson and Axel Eriksson established a brewery in Omaruru. Eriksson also established a trading post, which flourished and by 1878 he employed about forty people. Eriksson’s business was based on long-distance trading between Southern Angola and Cape Colony, which necessitated the establishment of regional trade routes.


Mayor: Hendrina Gebhardt CEO: Mr Alphons Tjitombo Postal Address: P.O. Box 14, Omaruru, Namibia Physical Address: Wilhelm Zeraua Road, Omaruru Telephone: +264 (0) 64 570 028 Fax: +264 (0) 64 570 105 Website:

Since 2001 Omaruru has established in partnership with the Swedish town Vänersborg, the town where Axel Eriksson was born. The town grew around a mission built in 1872 by Gottlieb Viehe, now a museum, and was attacked in 1904 during the Herero and Namaqua Genocide. Captain Franke’s Tower was later erected to commemorate the relief by Hauptmann Franke’s troops of the local garrison that was beleaguered by Herero tribesmen who had risen against the German colonial presence.

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Legacy of von Trotha A descendant of Lothar von Trotha and the von Trotha family travelled to Omaruru in October 2007 by invitation of the royal Herero chiefs and publicly apologised for his role in the Herero Genocide. Member of the family Wolf-Thilo von Trotha: “We, the von Trotha family, are deeply ashamed of the terrible events that took place 100 years ago. Human rights were grossly abused that time.”

Omaruru River The Omaruru River is a major river crossing the Erongo Region of western central Namibia from East to West. It originates in the Etjo mountains, crosses the town of Omaruru and reaches the sea a few kilometers north of Henties Bay. The Omaruru is an ephemeral river with a mean runoff of roughly 40 million cubic metres per annum. Its palaeo channels form an underground delta of the Namib Desert.

Accommodation Omaruru Game Lodge Omaruru has become renowned for its diverse and unique wildlife and is synonymous with comfort and seclusion. It’s located 15 kilometers from the provincial town of Omaruru and 242 kilometers northwest of the capital - Windhoek.

African round-house architecture and grass roofs. All bungalows are fully air-conditioned and have hot running water in en-suite bathrooms. Out of the bungalows, natural stone paths lead you through lush palm tree surroundings to the swimming pool, the barbecue area and the restaurant. We strive to provide a relaxing and inviting atmosphere, whilst our restaurant’s European an African cuisine entertains the palate.

Omaruru Trade and Industrial Estate There is a planning for the Omaruru Trade and Industrial Estate which is to be funded by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, through NDC. The project development constitute a phase approach in line with availability of funding and it is envisaged that the needed funding will be provided by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to the tune of N$ 25 million. It will constitute the business, agricultural, residential, light Industrial, SME and trade fair Parks.

The journey by car from Windhoek to this green heart of Namibia takes about 3 hours. Upon arrival, guests can expect a uniquely designed hotel environment and stylishly furnished bungalows, all-encompassing

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Arandis is bursting with potential, opportunity and appeal for any type of Investment in Africa. Arandis promotes solutions for Renewable Energy and Information Communication Technologies


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• NIMT (Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology) • AIMS (Hospitality, Tousrism and Technical Trades Instruction) • Renewable Energy Information Centre • UNAM Foundation - Mining Research and Training Institute • Medical University Hospital


• Truck Ports • Warehousing • Storage Facilities • Other Logistical Services


• Gas Production • Electric Cabling Manufacturing • PVC Door & Window Frame Factory • Building • Construction • Bulk Emulsion Plants • Availability of Industrial Plots


• Mining Tourism as Niche

Tel.: +264 64 512 400 | Fax: +264 64 512 429 | | Milkwood Street, Arandis, Namibia


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Service Delivery


Excellent service delivery remains the exception rather than the norm. Namibia introduced the Citizen Satisfaction Survey as a baseline assessment to establish standards of public service delivery.

new Public Procurement Act of 2016, which became fully operational in 2017 has its nine members of the Central Procurement Board, including the full-time positions of Chairperson, Deputy Chair and fifteen members of the Review Panel. This marks a positive development towards increased transparency. The new Board has already adjudicated tenders in line with agreed upon thresholds. Eleven (11) cases of irregularities relating to the awarding of tenders were reported and are being investigated by the review panel and one (1) case is already in the Courts.

In addition, 22 of 27 Offices, Ministries and Agencies have revised their Customer Service Charters, while 25 have installed a feedback mechanism through Suggestion Boxes that are analyzed on a monthly basis to inform remedial plans.

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Stampriet Stampriet is a village in Hardap Region of Namibia. It is located 64 km north-east of Mariental.


tampriet is a small village resting on the banks of the Auob river. Stampriet is perhaps best known for its fresh water springs (Artesian water) and magnificent Palmtrees. Stampriet is only just big enough to provide most modern comforts and still have no lack of nature. It is surrounded by limestoneridges, red dunes and a variety of trees, on an almost endless resource of artesian water. Situated in the gateway to the Kalahari Desert, Stampriet Historical Guesthouse is the ideal stop over for tours and route to the Mata Mata Gate, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the South of Namibia.

Accomodation Stampriet Historical Guesthouse Immersed in lush vegetation, flowing ponds and shaded by towering green trees the guest house is situated on a hill with breath-taking views.


The facilities we provide is a sparkling blue pool, large fully- equipped bar, fantastic braai facilities, secure parking, pool table, a complimentary coffee table, Wi-Fi, jungle gym for kids, a magnificent thatched lapa and endless green lawns. The remarkable stone buildings including the rooms, is wrapped in a timeless ambience, each beautifully decorated with historical artifacts. The main building provides an amazing experience, history hung on every wall and an interesting souvenir table is on display where you can purchase items of your choice. You will be taken aback by the very friendly hosts and hospitality, nothing is to much for us. Not to mention the mouthwatering breakfast, lunch, cakes and dinner (on request) you will be served. The food is the best! An aroma of freshly baked goodies lingeres in the air as you enter the lobby. It is a royal treat to discover our establishment, a gem in Namibia.

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Harambee Prosperity Plan


he Plan identifies priority areas that require renewed focus and accelerated implementation. It represents the clarion call to action in addressing the key binding constraints in the economy in a targeted manner. Commitment to the results-based performance management system and periodic evaluation of the implementation process will support this approach. Implementing the Harambee Prosperity Plan paves the way for a targeted high-impact intervention in the areas of inclusive growth, poverty reduction and achieving shared prosperity.



amibia declared an all-out war against poverty, inequalities and corruption in 2015. As a matter of fact, corruption is enemy Number 1 in our war against poverty. It diverts scarce resources intended for development. To fight corruption requires a robust Governance Architecture, underpinned by the principles of Accountability and Transparency. Transparency International rated Namibia in the top tier, at position 53 out of 176 countries surveyed, and the 5th least corrupt country on the African continent.

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Namib Desert Diamonds (Pty) Ltd Category: State Owned Company

Namib Desert Diamonds (Pty) Ltd is a cutting edge diamond marketing and sales company, perfectly positioned to create a sustainable route to market a portion of Namibia’s unique and highly sought-after diamonds.


amibian diamonds are of the highest quality in the world. The world’s diamond manufacturers and diamantaires, therefore, have a great appetite for these precious stones. This is the view of Kennedy Hamutenya, Chief Executive Officer of Namib Desert Diamonds (NAMDIA), which was established in 2016 “to discover the price of Namibia’s rough diamonds in the international market” According to Hamutenya, NAMDIA can play a significant role in entrenching Namibia’s economic independence. “It is imperative that we as Namibians take ownership of our decisions and ensure that our strategies towards self-reliance are successfully implemented.


CEO: Kennedy Hamutenya Physical Address: C/ of Sam Nujoma and Dr Kwame Nkrumah street, Windhoek, Namibia Telephone: +264 83 331 1111 Email: Website:

And part of those decisions is for us – as Namibians – to be able to exercise our sovereignty, especially over the God-given natural resources for the improved socio-economic development of our country and its people,” Hamutenya says. NAMDIA was established in 2016 by the Government of the Republic of Namibia to serve as a “window on the international diamond market”. This implies that NAMDIA can, through its Purchase Entitlement from the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) of 15% representative cut-off of the NAMDEB Holdings production, go outside of the traditional sales system.

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This is an outcome of the Sorting, Valuing, Sales and Marketing Agreement concluded in 2016 between the Namibian Government and De Beers, which amongst others, made provision for greater allocation of local diamond production to the local diamond industry and which ultimately led to the establishment of NAMDIA. In terms of this agreement, NAMDIA BUYS 15% of NAMDEB Holding’s run-of-mine production from NDTC. “It must be understood that NAMDIA BUYS the diamonds from NDTC and then engages potential buyers to offer best prices possible for these highly sought-after goods,” Hamutenya says.

prices of all individual diamonds by the total carat weight. Since its establishment in April 2016, NAMDIA has made great strides. Some of its short-term achievements, included the appointment of its Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team, completion of its own building to operate from and perhaps most importantly, it has made over 16 diamond sales transactions to date.

Hamutenya also explains that there is no homogenous price for diamonds. “In simple terms, diamonds are valued based on the four “Cs” of each diamond, which are CARAT WEIGHT (size); CLARITY (quality), CUT (shape of the diamond) and COLOUR.

Hamutenya maintains a positive outlook for the diamond industry in 2018. “Although continued challenges facing the diamond industry is the question of long term demand for natural diamonds with the introduction of man-made synthetic diamonds, we in Namibia stand strong on the premise that we have some of the finest high gem quality stones in the world for which there will always be a demand.

Each stone is unique in character in terms of colour, clarity, shape and carat which is a measure of weight. It is crucial that each individual stone is valued according to this criteria. And so it stands to reason that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all price for diamonds.

And that demand allows us to fetch a premium price for our stones, through which we can meaningfully contribute towards the socio-economic development of our country. We are confident that we will, remain relevant for a long time yet in the global diamond industry,” Hamutenya concludes.

One common indicator is the average price per carat, which is calculated by dividing the sums of the

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Mayor: Selma Asino Nelago

Category: Town Council Population: 6 600 (2011)

CEO: Nashilongo Anania

Outapi, also known as Uutapi and Ombalantu, is a town in northern Namibia near the border with Angola situated 90 km (56 mi) northwest of Oshakati. It is the capital of Omusati region and the district capital of the Outapi electoral constituency.

Postal Address: P.O. Box 853, Outapi, Namibia Physical Address: Outapi/Tsandi Main Road Telephone: +264 (0) 65 251 192 Fax: +264 (0) 651 128 E-mail: / Website:



utapi is equipped with all relevant infrastructure which makes doing business in the town pleasurable. Readily serviced land is available for both residential and commercial use. The town also welcomes Public Private Partnership for developmental projects such as land servicing and other ventures.

The Ombalantu baobab tree, known also as a Tree of Life or ‘Omukwa waaMbalantu’, is a giant Baobab tree, an Adansonia species, situated in the town of Outapi in the north of Namibia.


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It is 28 metres (92 ft) tall, 26.5 metres (87 ft) in diameter, and estimated to be 800 years old. The tree trunk has a door going onto it and can accommodate about 35 people.

Omusati Region being the third highest populated region in the country (242 9000) which translates directly into a strong buying power and work force. Therefore businesses have this at their disposal to utilize it. The gaps or business opportunities that our town has are in the agro-industry ,urban agriculture, bonded warehouses, cold storage facilities, one stop investors and Tourism Information Center, hotels and restaurants, cultural tourism, entertainment parks , general industries, property development, recycling business , enterprise Zones, development of SME Industrial Parks and ICT Training Consultants, crafts, clothing and textile manufacturing, building materials manufacturing, poultry farming, production of fertilizers , processing and packaging of Mahangu meals and roads constructions plus maintenance.


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It has served as a chapel, a post office, house, and a hiding site during various stages of Namibian history. Today the tree is a tourist attraction, featuring a display of its history and role in the Owambo community, as well as the history of the Namibian struggle for independence. The region also has two famous tourist attractions, the Ruacana Waterfalls and the Etosha National Park, and it is also within the majestic Epupa Falls.

Olufuko Festival The town hosts the annual Olufuko Festival, which was initiated in 2012. It has often been dubbed the most celebrated cultural festival in Namibia. The festival is a combination of a business expo and cultural celebrations, of which the initiation ceremony that prepares teenage girls for womanhood is the core part of the festival. Namibia’s first president and founding father, Dr. Sam Nujoma, is the patron of Olufuko Festival.

Infrastructural Development Outapi features several schools, a community hall, a hospital and a police station. There are two open markets, one at the baobab tree and one at Onhimbu location. There is also a tourist lodge.

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InnoSun Energy Holdings Category: Private Company

InnoSun is a Namibian registered renewable energy company that was created in 2008 with the aim of developing, building and operating energy projects in Namibia after the success of InnoVent in France and South Africa.


nnovent’s expertise in the field of renewable energy and the presence of a dedicated team locally have enabled us to successfully complete our various projects. InnoSun was awarded the first ever PPA (power purchase agreement) authorized by Nampower for a 4.5mW solar power plant. InnoSun didn’t stop there, either. We are developing several solar power plants in various countries across Africa such as Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Kenya and several others. With different projects at different stages of completion, InnoSun is confident of continued significant and effective development in Africa. InnoSun has been working on bringing solutions to Namibia to increase local generation and reduce dependency on imports. Considering that Namibia spent hundreds of millions of dollars on importing electricity from the neighboring countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2015, The Omburu solar power plant was inaugurated by Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma.


Managing Director: Thomas Verhaeghe Postal Address: PO Box 27527, Windhoek, Namibia Physical Address: 2 Schutzen St, Windhoek, Namibia Telephone: +264 61 254 700 Fax: +264 61 45 500 E-mail: Website: The inauguration was held a mere six months after its ground breaking in November 2014. The Omburu solar power plant, owned by InnoSun, is the country’s first multi-million dollar solar power plant. It is also the first local Independent Power Producer (IPP) NamPower has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with. In 2017 InnoSun completed a 180 million wind power project at Lüderitz. The first-ever wind farm in Namibia added five megawatts of electricity to the national power grid. The construction of the wind farm, known as Ombepo Wind Farm, in which the Lüderitz Town Council holds a 5% stake, started in mid-2016 and the project has created about 70 jobs. Additionally InnoSun has constructed and currently operating two more solar parks, the Osona Solar Park 5MW just outside Okahandja, and the Ausenkjer PV also 5MW on the banks of the Orange River. A second wind farm known as Oab with a capacity of 8MW is currently under development and construction, the off-taker is the Namdeb owned diamond mine E-Bay Mine. The good thing about localizing power generation is that it will reduce energy losses during transmission along the grid.

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E-governance services are available online while are at an advanced stage of implementation:

amibia continues to score well on the MoIbrahim Governance Index. Namibia is 1 of 18 countries in Africa to have achieved consistent improvements in governance over the last decade. The pace of reform in Namibia has accelerated during the last five years, demonstrating commitment to continuous improvement. Promoting a free and responsible press, rated as the freest in Africa and among the freest in the world, attests to the commitment of Government to an open society. According to Reporters Without Borders, Namibia remains the country with the freest press in Africa and occupies a respectable 24th position globally. Moreover, Namibia obtained the maximum score of zero on the “abuse” sub-index, meaning no journalist has been harassed or arrested, during the reporting period of 2017.

The e-Justice electronic platform streamlines the litigation process, thereby enhancing access to justice

The e-Birth notification system, is a webbased birth registration platform aimed at enhancing timely provision of quality data at national, regional and district levels

The e-Labour Information Management System enables employees and employers to file labour disputes online The e-application for environmental clearance Certificates

The online company name reservation tool at BIPA. These digital platforms improve efficiencies in public service delivery.

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Omaheke Region

Governor: Hon. Festus Ueitele

Category: Regional Council Population: Âą74 629 (2016)

Chairperson: Hon. Ignatius Kariseb

The Omaheke Region is situated in the Eastern Namibia. It borders Botswana in the east, while within the country it borders the Hardap region to the southwest, Khomas region to the west and Otjozondjupa region to the north-west. Omaheke is known for cattle farming and the TransKalahari Highway.

Postal Address: Private Bag 2277, Gobabis, Namibia

Chief Regional Officer: Mrs. Maria Vaendwanawa


he highway is Namibia’s most important Central-Eastern gateway for travellers, and connects the country to Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe for goods transportation. The region has seven (7) constituencies, namely: Aminius, Gobabis, Kalahari, Otjinene, Otjombinde, Steinhausen and Epukiro.

Physical Address: 99 Church Street, Gobabis, Namibia Telephone: +264 (0) 62 566 500 Fax: +264 (0) 62 562 432 Email: Domestically, it borders the following regions: Hardap (south), Khomas (west) and Otjozondjupa (north). Omaheke is traversed by the northwesterly line of equal latitude and longitude. A large part of this region is known as the Sandveld. The northeastern part of the region is still very much a wilderness and beautiful wild Kalahari scenes can be seen by people willing to travel tedious roads and spend nights in the open.

Its capital is Gobabis. It lies on the eastern border of Namibia and is the Western extension of the Kalahari Desert. The name Omaheke is the Herero word for Sandveld. In the east, Omaheke borders three districts of Botswana including North-West (north), Ghanzi (east) and Kgalagadi (south).


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Anthropologically, almost the entire Ovambanderu and Gobabis - Ju/wa ethnic groups are residing in the region. Furthermore, it is a rich cultural area for Herero, Damara-Nama, Tswana, Afrikaner and German, with a sprinkling of northerners. A notable event is the annual Meat Festival, which draws visitors from all over.

History On the 11 August 1904 a German armed force with artillery and machine guns attacked and forced the Hereros in the Waterberg area to flee to the Omaheke desert, where large numbers died. Those who tried to emerge from the desert were killed by German patrols along the perimeter of the Omaheke. This was the turning point in the Herero and Namaqua Genocide.

Economy and infrastructure Gobabis is the main centre of this area and also its main business area, as it is linked with Windhoek, by rail and the tarred B6 national road. This infrastructure serves as the main supply line for the region.

All the other population centres in the region are linked to Gobabis by road. Many other services are rendered from Gobabis to the region, such as the Police Divisional Head Quarters, which is situated in Gobabis. Clinics in the region are served by medical practitioners based in Gobabis, and there are two hospitals and a clinic serving the region. Most of the 900 commercial and 3,500 communal farmers in this area are cattle breeders. A regional office of the Ministry of Agriculture, serving the whole region, is based in Gobabis. Hunting, including trophy hunting, is one of the major sources of income for the region. This takes place mainly in the winter months, from June to August. During these months, tourists from the northern hemisphere can be seen in the area, enjoying the mild and dry winter climate and collecting trophies. Livestock farming is the most common agricultural activity in the Omaheke Region and was reported in 26.5% of households, while the least common is poultry (6.6%). Overall, livestock farming dominates in all constituencies of the region.

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CEO: Nathaniel Karuaihe

Category: Village Council | Population: Âą8000 (2016)

Chairperson: Landine Kauta

Otjinene is a village in the Omaheke Region of Namibia. It is the district capital of Otjinene Constituency. Otjinene is connected via a 157 kilometres tarred road to the regional capital Gobabis.


tjinene is the latest proclaimed village in Omaheke region. As a new village council, the aim is to elevate Otjinene to greater heights with new opportunities in plans for residents, visitors and investors. The majority of the people around Otjinene are communal farmers, farming with cattle, goats and sheep. There is one health clinic which operates under the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and a number of retail stores.


Postal Address: Private Bag 1003, Otjinene, Namibia Telephone: +264 (0) 62 567 534 / 62 567 525 Fax: +264 (0) 62 507 501 Email: Website:

With the current energized council team the endeavour is to grow the brand and village as a great destination in this new era for the young and old working closely with the regional council as well welcoming new ideas for development of the village to rapidly grow to a town in coming years.

History This is the place where in 1904 Lothar von Trotha issued the extermination order against the OvaHerero and Nama people, starting the Herero and Namaqua Genocide which would kill about 80% of all OvaHerero.

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OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu people gather annually here to commemorate the lives and deaths of their ancestors.

Accommodation Being a very small village, Otjinene has limited accommodation options for those who would like to stay over. There are some self-catering units, bed and breakfasts and camping facilities available in the area. Activities and attractions. The small village of Otjinene offers some activities and attractions for those visiting the area. Although small, this village still offers some outdoor things to do.

Activities and attractions The small village of Otjinene offers some activities and attractions for those visiting the area. Although small, this village still offers some outdoor things to do.

The Strengths The strengths that Otjinene constituency has include the development and provision of social amenities and services because it is nearby Gobabis constituency. Secondly, it has become a business hub for adjacent settlements such as Okondjatu

and Epukiro Post 3, it is also a gateway to Gam and Tsumkwe. Thirdly, the support from the Regional Councilor and the Regional Council is another strength. The village also plays host to livestock auctions, of which about 1500 livestock is sold every month.

Opportunities Opportunities that Otjinene constituency enjoys are the large deposit of underground water which can be extracted and used as a solution to the drought problems experienced by the constituency and the region as a whole. Secondly, there is a need to turn the scattered Devil’s Claw into a plantation for medicinal purposes. Thirdly, due to the availability of animals especially cattle, there is a need for the construction of an abattoir in the constituency as the residents have to travel to Gobabis and Witvlei to slaughter their animals. There is also availability of sand in the constituency which can be used for manufacturing of bricks.

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Tel.: +264 61 207 2250 | Fax:+264 61 207 9250 13 Storch Street Windhoek, Namibia Private Bag 13388 Windhoek, Namibia Email: | Web:

Department of International Relations


he Namibia University of Science and Technology, a public university, has its roots in the establishment of the Academy for Tertiary Education (Act No. 13 of 1980). Classes in Teacher Training and Secretarial Courses started on 14 January 1980. Five years later, Act No. 9 of 1985 was promulgated and, by it, the Academy consisting of a university component, a Technikon and a College for Out of School Training (COST) - was established.

Purpose of International Engagements The Department promotes internationalisation of higher education and education for global citizenship. We therefore, support and facilitate establishment and maintenance of quality international partnerships that add value to the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the University. NUST seeks quality partnerships based on principles of mutual-beneficial relationships that enhance components of teaching, learning, research, and human capacity development.


International Incoming Exchange Students

The mandate of the Department of International Relations (IR) at the w (NUST) is to drive the internationalisation agenda of the University. The key activities involve facilitating, coordinating and supporting the institution in international engagements.

International exchange programmes last for one (1) to three (3) semesters. The programme enables students to complete part of their qualifications at NUST. International exchanges normally take place where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between NUST and the home institution.

These are particularly with regards to partnership development and establishment and visa facilitation for short-term visiting international academics, other experts and international exchange students. The internationalisation agenda of the University is premised on the integration of international best practices into the teaching, learning, research and services of the University. 34

Participating student should be in the third year of their studies, semester five (5) or six (6), and must be nominated by their home institutions. The student should forward the completed NUST and visa application forms to the IR Department for onward transmission to the Office of the Registrar and Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration respectively.

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beginning of each semester in addition to the University’s Orientation programme.

NUST encourages internationalisation on campus. The Department therefore, facilitates the invitation Department: International Relations The event provides an opportunity for the IR process and hosting of short-term and long-term Department to welcome international students and international academics and other experts. facilitate them meeting national students to form friendships during their stay in Namibia. Short-term international academics and other

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experts staying for three (3) months or less while long-term international visitoring acaemics and other experts are those staying longer than three (3) months.

Welcoming Functions

International Networks and Associations Any International Network and Association registered on Campus wishing to host an internationalization activity on campus, is welcome to contact the Department at

The Department in collaboration with the Student Representative Council organizes welcoming functions for all international students at the

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Social Safety Nets


ccording to the 2015/16 National Income and Expenditure Survey, overall poverty declined to 18 percent from 37.7 percent in 2003/04. Food poverty declined to 5.8 percent from 9.0 percent during the same period. The Food Bank operations in Windhoek continue to yield positive impact on the livelihood of vulnerable beneficiaries. The remit of the Food Bank is to benefit food insecure households in urban and peri-urban centers. The administration of targeted social grants continues to uplift livelihoods. About165,376 elderly citizens were registered recipients of the monthly grant, compared to 159,315 the preceding year. An increase of 6,061 beneficiaries from the previous year. It also represents a coverage rate of 99 percent. The monthly allowance was also increased to N$1,200. The number of beneficiaries of other grants also increased as follows between 2016/17 and 2017/18: • Beneficiaries of the disability grant increased from 35,217 to 39,245. • The number of grants towards orphans and vulnerable children increased from 285,431 to the current 344,055. • Furthermore, the number of children enrolled in Early Childhood Development Centers increased from 76,061in 2016 to 83,265 in 2017. This significant progress and increase by 8,204 beneficiaries, will improve the quality of educational outcomes in the long term.




amibia has made good progress in education since independence as attested to by the following statistics: • Net enrollment in pre and primary education increased from 89.2 percent in 1992 to 97.7 percent in 2017. With more effort, a 100 percent rate is within reach. While pre-primary enrollments increased from 5,482 in 1992 to 40,606 in 2017. • Survival rate for grade 7 increased from 59.3 percent to 89.7 percent, while the survival rate for grade 12 almost doubled from 25.8 percent to 44.6 percent. • Permanent classrooms in all schools have increased from 8,426 in 1992 to 22,946 in 2017. • The number of schools increased from 1,325 in 1992 to 1,848 in 2017, meaning 523 additional schools were constructed over a period of 25 years, an average of 20 schools per annum. Government remains firmly committed to rolling out the school-feeding programme as a key poverty eradication strategy. During 2017/18 Namibia was able to provide food 365,854 learners at 1,456 schools. The school feeding programme is linked to small hold farmers in order to diversify the food basket, while also empowering communities to produce for schools, to stimulate economic activity at a local level.

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Postal Address: P.O. Box 6004, Nkurenkuru, Namibia

Category: Municipality | Population: ±10 000

Physical Address: Nkurenkuru Town Council, Rundu


Telephone: +264 66 258 089/120/121

Nkurenkuru was declared as a settlement area in 1999. It was later proclaimed as a town in 2006 and the first ever town council members were officially sworn in on the 27th of March 2007 while the second newly elected councilors were sworn in on the 03rd of December 2010. The name Nkurenkuru is originated from two words or nouns which are “Nkure” which means endpoint whereas “nkuru” means old. Historically, Nkurenkuru is a unique town in itself in terms of historical events that unfolded many years ago. Nkurenkuru was the first colonial administrative seat in the Kavango region before the administrative seat centre was relocated in 1936 to Rundu until today. It was also the first entry point of the two major denominations, Roman Catholicism and Lutheran Protestantism into the Kavango region. Nkurenkuru is indeed the seat of the vaKwangali Traditional Authority and the Permanent Royal Palace of the Kings and Queens.

Fax: +264 66 258 000/258 091 E-mail: Website:

The Town Nkurenkuru is strategically located alongside the Kavango River linking Kavango West region with Kavango East, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions and via Katwitwi border post to the most densely populated area of Kwando Kubango Province in Angola. Nkurenkuru town is estimated to have a population of around +- 15,000 inhabitants excluding nearby villages and also from Katwitwi bordering Angola and across border residents coming from Port Cuangar in Angola. The town has become the residential, business and administrative centre of the Kavango West region with an increasing influx of people into the town every day.

Accommodation Nkurenkuru offers a wonderful spectrum of visitor accommodation for those who would like to stay the night. There are many self-catering units, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and camping facilities available in the area.


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Activities and attractions

Business opportunities

Nkurenkuru has a very rich history which offers many things to see in this town. The natural surroundings also make for some outdoor activities and attractions which everyone can enjoy, including hiking and biking trails, Kwangali Culture, Nepara Airfield, Nkurenkuru Mission.

• Establishment of Hotels and Lodges

Historical spots in the town. The following spots can be viewed within the town:

• General industries such as auto garages to service vehicles, tyre repairs etc

• The Royal Graveyard of Kings and Queen ship at Mayara.

• Establishment of a long distance bus and taxi terminal

• The first building house, school and church in the town.

• Tourism Industry (establishment of hotels, lodges and conference facilities),

• The Native Commissioner`s office. • The spot of ash tree used as class room where the current Chief Sitentu Daniel Mpasi of Vakwangali Traditional Authority went to school. • Tombstone of Shikongo Shakutunina (King Mandume`s Soldier). • A baptismal memorable stone of the first protestant Christians.

The construction of Nkurenkuru Shopping Centre (mall) has been completed and is housing USAVE (Shoprite), Style, Pep store, salon, boutiques, pharmacy and private doctor unit, dentist, First National Bank Namibia and many other businesses.

• ITC training centers • Residential properties development to cater for the ever increasing population • Establishment of brick making factories and other industrial properties

• Development and establishment of Agro-industry & processing plants, • Availability of land for Commercial Properties Development and Housing, • Opportunities for manufacturing & retail Industries (Clothing & Foods stuffs), • Establishment of wood processing plants and charcoal industry, • Establishment of an abattoir and meat processing plant, • Establishments of Cold storages for import/export services

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Mayor: Gaudentia Krohne

Category: Municipality

Acting CEO: Desmond Basson

Population: ±38 000

Postal Address: Private Bag 2125 Keetmanshoop, Namibia

Keetmanshoop, translated as Hope of Keetman is the largest town in southern Namibia and also the administrative capital city of the //Karas region. This region is named after the Karas Mountain (Namibia’s third highest elevation) found close by.


eetmanshoop was discovered by Captain Hendrik Tseib and his followers in the 1850’s. The original name of Keetmanshoop was #Nu-#Goaes, which in Khoe-Khoegowab means black mud; referring to the spring or fountain that was founded by Captain Hendrik Tseib and his people.

Investment Keetmanshoop prides itself on the potential of its people, land and water resources as the bedrock for the development of the town. With more than 30 000 hectares of uninhabited urban land available and two of the five biggest dams in Namibia located in close proximity, Keetmanshoop hold endless possibilities for both the small and big investor. Investment Opportunities range from real estate, retail, solar energy, food processing, manufacturing, to logistics and hospitality.

Recent Projects • Neckertal Dam: Construction of the biggest earth dam in Namibia along the Fish River some 60 km west of Keetmanshoop with a capacity of 857 million cubic metres of water. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2018 and is built to mainly supply water for an irrigation scheme predicted to cover about 5000 hectares of land. This is a great opportunity of investors in the agronomy and food production sector. • Naute Dam Irrigation Scheme: The Naute Dam constructed in 1972 has a capacity of about 69 million cubic litres. The dam supplies water for the irrigation of close to 600 hectares of grapes and date fruit . Year on year more land is being put under irrigation at the Naute Dam scheme.


Physical Address: Hampie Plichta Street, Keetmanshoop, Namibia Telephone: +264 (0) 63 221 211 Fax: +264 (0) 63 223 818 E-mail: Website:

• Housing: Since 2017 the town has attracted significant investment from both the private and public sector for the provision of housing mainly to the low and middle income segments. We are well on track to deliver around 550 new (stand alone) houses for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years. • Solar Power Plants: Two solar power plants (6MW and 10MW) are being completed 20 km northeast of Keetmanshoop to feed additional power into the national grid. With ample land available both on municipal and private land, more investment in solar power projects is to be expected. As Namibia seeks to become more energy secure/independent, Keetmanshoop is among the best locations for investment in solar power. • Municipal Services: With the growth of the town a higher demand is placed on existing municipal infrastructure and the need arises for the local authority to upgrade and expand its water, sewer and electricity networks. In recent years new bulk services infrastructure has been installed to cater for the growth of the town.

New Opportunities Keetmanshoop is endowed with massive land and water resources. The University of Namibia has a fast growing regional campus and the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) operates a fully-fledged vocational training centre in Keetmanshoop. We are excited that Keetmanshoop can depend on its land water and human resources to truly embark on a sustainable growth path. We welcome local, regional and international investors to seek out new opportunities in Keetmanshoop. Kindly contact us using the details above.

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The power of Keetmanshoop

Keetmanshoop is the biggest urban centre in southern Namibia, situated in the // Kharas region about 500km south of Windhoek. The town has a population of around 35 000 residents who live and work in sectors such as public service, construction, education agriculture. 41 CHOGM Guide to and Investing in Namibia

Otjiwarongo Category: Municipality | Population: ±55 000 (estimated 2011)

History Otjiwarongo was established in 1892, and is considered one of the oldest towns in the country. The word “Otjiwarongo” is derived from the Herero language meaning the ‘beautiful place’ with the inference that cattle could get fat grazing in this area. The name is appropriate as Otjiwarongo is home to some of the biggest cattle-breeding companies in Namibia. German-Namibians first settled in Otjiwarongo in 1900. The area also became the theatre for the final battle of the Herero Uprising of 1904 against the German forces. The Hereros where the only African settlers in the town until 1906 when few from the Ovambo and Damara tribes migrated to the town for settlement. This happened when Otjiwarongo was established as an administration point for the Germans and officially became a town.


Mayor: Bennes Haimbondi CEO: Ismael /Howoseb Postal Address: Private Bag 2209, Otjiwarongo, Namibia Physical Address: 2 Kreft Street, Otjiwarongo, Namibia Telephone: +264 (0) 67 302 231 Fax: +264 (0) 67 302 098

A narrow-gauge railway was built from Swakopmund on the coast, to the Otavi copper mine which helped Otjiwarongo become a prosperous agricultural centre. The three tribes where separated like in many of Namibia’s towns, where each lived in a separate neighborhood such as Ovambo Location, Damara Location and Herero Location respectively.

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Attractions The main interest for tourists is Otjiwarongo’s proximity to the Waterberg Plateau Park. Otjiwarongo is home to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah through research, conservation and education. Also about 50 miles from Otjiwarongo is Okonjima, the home of the Africat Foundation, a successful cheetah and leopard rehabilitation centre. On the edge of town is the Crocodile Ranch, one of the few captive breeding programs for the Nile Crocodile that has been registered with CITES. The ranch exports the skins, but sells the meat locally. Also in town is Locomotive No 41, originally brought from Germany to haul ore between Tsumeb and the port at Swakopmund. Built 15 km outside of town, the Omatjenne Dam provides artificial recharge of local groundwater.

Transport and Transport Infrastructure The town connects to the South, Okahandja through to Windhoek, to the North, Otavi through to Ondangwa and Oshakati, to the West, Kalkfeld through to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and to the North-West, Outjo through to Opuwo.

Economy Otjiwarongo is a favorable place for economic and social development. As the capital of Otjozondjupa Region, the area is the economic hub for most surrounding towns in terms of quality –of-life service provision such as banking, shops, medical facilities and government ministries. In order to maximize resources, the Municipality of Otjiwarongo has also intensified public private partnerships with Government and other stakeholders. This is aimed at addressing pertinent social basis and needs of the town’s inhabitants.

the informal settlement has a population of about 12 900, which translate to 38% of the total population of the town, where most are unemployed or low income earners. Otjiwarongo has an economic development program aimed at attracting more investments at the town. To support this initiative, the Local Authority Council of Otjiwarongo has embarked upon an investorfriendly environment to promote multi –sectoral economic participation through the establishment of community /sectoral committees on various focal areas such as Mining, Economic development, SME’s Tourism, Markets, Agriculture, Businesses etc. These committees consist of members of local public.

The town has a population of about 55 000 of which

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Mayor: Johannes Hindjou

Category: Municipality

CEO: Martha Mutilisa-Haufiku

Nickname: Garden Town

Postal Address: P.O. Box 15, Okahandja, Namibia

Population: ±22 639 (2011)

Physical Address: Martin Neib Avenue, Okahandja

Okahandja was proclaimed as a town in 1894 with the first mayor being appointed in 1906. Okahandja is about 162 square kilometre and it`s situates 71km north of Windhoek.

Telephone: +264 62 505 100


he town of Okahandja marks as the central transportations corridors node towards the west, south and northern regions of the country linked by roads and railways lines transportation networks. Okahandja makes up part of the seven constituencies of Otjozondjupa region.

Fax: +264 62 501 746 E-mail: Website:

to this figure, the population of Okahandja was projected at 14,039 according to the Namibia National Population Censes of 2001. This shows an increase of more than 71.8% with a breakdown of 7.2% increase per year. To date there are ±5,600 formal households in Okahandja with a growing rate of 10% per year.

Given its strategic location, the town of Okahandja possess competitive advantage due to its welldeveloped infrastructures, high potential for socioeconomic growth, cultural diversities and attractive geographical landscaping.

As noted earlier Okahandja is a multi-cultural town with cultural segmentation comprises of Oshiwambo speaking people, Herero, Damara Nama, Kavango, Caprivian, Coloured and Whites.

Derived from its mandate and mission, Okahandja municipality is striving towards the following objectives;

Okahandja Cultural Village provides the diversity of Namibian cultural way of life. The Okahandja cultural village is the only one-stop cultural centre of its kind in the country.

• To transform Okahandja into an industrial development and investment, • To develop effective communication and supportive environment attraction, • To foster and enhance a conducive environment,

Okahandja Cultural Village

The village is situated on a beautiful northern district of Okahandja, located on a large plot, 10km outside the town of Okahandja, on the Okahandja/ Otjiwarongo highway (corner of B1/Hochfeld road).

• To promote quality and effective services, • To foster sound working relations and, • To improve employees productivities

Population demography According to the Namibia National Population Census of 2011, Okahandja is projected to have an approximate of 24,451 people of which 12,352 are females and 12,099 are males. In comparison


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Tourism and Trade Expo Municipality of Okahandja host an Annual Tourism & Trade Expo during May each year. The exposition exposes Okahandja town as tourism and business trade hub. The exposition also provides networking opportunity for local, national and regional to visit and trade in Okahandja. It is also used as a tool to attract much needed investment to the town. The interest from the different sectors of the economy has being huge. There were manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, arts and culture, information and communication technology, small and medium enterprises that took part in the exposition.

Economic activities and potentials Given its attractive geographical natural landscape, Okahandja is a home of two large dams namely; Von Bach Dam & Swakopport Dam which are the main water supplier to Okahandja town and the capital city Windhoek. Okahandja has two world class resorts; Von Bach Dam Resort and Gross Barmen Resort, the country biggest woodcarver market, Five country biggest Industries (Meatco, SABMiller, NamPlastic, Okahandja Plastic Converter, NamGem and August Twenty-Six, One Hotel and ten quest houses/BnB as well as one big shopping centre consisting of 57 shops 31 SME market stalls. There are six (6) filling stations, one state hospital, one clinic, three medical practices and four private pharmacies. To date there are 340 registered business in Okahandja town of which 43 are small and medium enterprises (SME). To date there are 340 registered businesses in Okahandja. Out of 340 businesses 43 are small and medium enterprises (SME’s). Okahandja is also a home to Namibian fines biltong distributed locally and internationally. The numbers of businesses are growing at alarming rate of 7/% annually which put the buying power of the town at escalating level supported by the perpetually increasing population.

The following is the socio economic trends based on the composition of Government Offices, parastatals and private institutions: Government & Private Institutions/Offices


GRN schools

Four primary and two secondary schools

Private schools

Two private schools

Police station






Labour office

One district office

Magistrate office


Training Institute


NDF office

One base and Military academy

Financial institutions

Four (FNB, Standard Bank, Bank Whk & NED-Bank)


Three (Agra, Telecom & Namwater)

GRN Ministries offices


NGO`s office


Registered Churches


Non-registered churches

±8 Eight

Okahandja given its spatial landscape, comparative and competitive advantages due to its proximity to Windhoek; the town of Okahandja possess more potential for many lucrative economic investments opportunities that will boost the economic status of the town and will improve the living standard of the people. Soon Okahandja will also be the home of Namibia pharmaceutical plant and Central medical store for the entire country. Thus will improve the economic strength of the town.

Competitive advantages • Okahandja town is strategically located in terms of linkages to the rest of the country and much closer to the capital city • Okahandja has well developed infrastructures and possess great opportunity for socio-economic development and growth • Okahandja has abundant flat un-developed land suitable to accommodate majors urban development • As per our mission that to become an industrial hub to Namibia and tourism magnet to Southern Africa, Okahandja have vast of land reserved for industrial development which will create more jobs to the people and boost the economic development of the town

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Usi Hoebeb Communications Category: Public Relations Agency Effective communications is key to managing perceptions and improving market share “Effective communications is the very ‘soul’ of any business” is the opinion of Communications expert, Usi //Hoebeb, a veteran of the public relations and communications industry who has served some of the country’s leading companies through the development of effective communications strategies. “The soul of man can best be described as that place where one’s emotions and intellect meet, providing us with decision-making capabilities. And so it is in business – communications that place of congruence of decision-making. Business all too often leave communications up to chance and that’s why a lot of businesses have image problem and therefore run reputational risks”, he says. Usi //Hoebeb, has worked for international companies such as Anglo-American’s Skorpion Zinc, local parastatals such as TransNamib and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation and Government Ministries (Ministry of Agricutlure, Water and Forestry). He has recently developed strategies for the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC); Navachab Gold Mine; Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL); Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) and Old Mutual Group as well as the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) to name a few. For Usi, effective communications is the very leading edge of corporate strategy, essential in moving an organization towards achieving its corporate objectives.


CEO: Usi //Hoebeb Cell: +264 (0) 81 424 0935 Physical Address: Maerua Mall Office Tower, 3rd Floor, Windhoek, Namibia Email: Website: USI HOEBEB COMMUNICATIONS is a Windhoekbased Communications and Public Relations agency, providing a one-stop communications solution, including but not limited to the development and implementation of integrated communications strategies; crisis management strategies; Employee Engagement Plans (EEPs); media and government relations; advertising and marketing; creative design services; brand development as well as website and social media management; speechwriting and the development of Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes. “No organization can survive without a welldeveloped communications and PR strategy. How else will it connect and engage with its essential target groups and stakeholders, which have the greatest impact on its operations and ultimate success? How else will it be in control of its own narrative…?” he questions. Therefore, the appointment of an experienced Communications Strategist is essential to drive this narrative to its target audiences and stakeholders.

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USI HOEBEB COMMUNICATIONS (UHC) prides itself on having been able to successfully deliver on this promise to its clients. It relies heavily on the more than 20 years of experience gained by its principal Usi //Hoebeb in the communications sphere, both from a corporate and consultancy perspective and the academic knowledge of its staff. “I have worked for some of the biggest names in the business, and developed and implemented strategies for international organisations such as the United Nations. If we did not understand the intricate dynamics of the diversity of the Namibian and international target audiences, we would never have achieved this…” he contends. UHC operates from the age-old premise that “if you do not speak to the media, it will speak for you”. And therefore, in understanding and respecting the media’s role as the fourth estate, its media relations on behalf of its clients is always based on being truthful, respectful for the media’s role and being available. UHC also fully understands that in a typical African country, Government is a major stakeholder and therefore sound relationships with its various identified departments is of utmost importance. “Understanding the principles of the HARAMBEE PROSPERITY PLAN and the various National Develop

Plans, puts us in good stead to ensure that whatever we embark upon, has the interest of both our client and the people of Namibia at heart. And in this regard, integrity and accountability are key..”, says Usi. And so too is sound employee relations. “We fully appreciate the role that any organisation’s greatest asset – employees – play in its success and therefore increasing productivity in the workplace is part of the services we provide. This we do through development and conducting Work Climate Surveys which aim to determine areas where intervention is required to improve the climate in which employees work in an effort to increase staff well-being and therefore productivity” In conclusion, Usi //Hoebeb says that UHC takes its craft very seriously. “We do not develop any strategy without in-depth research or surveys to determine the organisation’s position within its intended audiences, thereby ensuring that all our strategies are quantifiable. In addition, our primary aim is to ensure that the perception that our client’s stakeholders have of them are maintained at a level that positive mutual engagement can be achieved – and where perceptions are wanting, we endeavor to move them to a desired state which allows for positive engagement,” Usi concludes.

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