Republic of Namibia:

namibia-flagNamibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east

namibia_mapContinent: Africa (South-Western)

Borders: North Angola & Zambia
South South Africa
East partly South Africa & Botswana
West Atlantic Ocean

Independence: 21 March 1990 (from South Africa)

Motto: “Unity, Liberty, Justice”
Nat. Anthem: “Namibia, Land of the Brave”
Area Size: 825,418km² / 318,696 square miles (34th largest in World)
Geographical: Central Plateau, Namib Desert, Great Escarpment, Bushveld & Kalahari Desert
Coastal: Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert (highest dunes) & Namib-Naukluft National Park
Population: ± 2,108,000 (census 2008: 2,088,669)
Density: 2,5/km² or 6,6 sq mi (2nd least densely in the World)(235th)
Languages: English (official language), Afrikaans, German, Herero, Oshivambo, Nama, Damara
Religions: Lutheranism, Christians, Indigenous, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, African Methodist Episcopal, Dutch Reformed Christians and Mormon (Latter-Day Saints), Jewish & Islam.

Government: Multiparty Parliamentary Democracy
Legislative: Government & Parliament (Chambers: National Assembly & National Council)
Head of State: President: His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba (Presidential terms: 5 years)
Prime Minister: Hon. Nahas Angula
Ruling Party: SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organization)
Administrative: Thirteen Regions (Councils) & 107 Constituencies
Member: SADC, United Nations & Commonwealth of Nations

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GDP: $13.771 billion (estimate 2009)
Per capital  $6,614
GDP (nominal): $9.459 billion (estimate 2009)
Per capital: $4,543
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD)

Logistics: Air Namibia / Airport Authority, Harbours / Namibia Ports Authority (Namport), Tarred roads / Roads Authority & Road Contractors Company, Railroads / TransNamib, Border crossings: Rivers (Angola, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa)
Land (Botswana & South Africa)
Drive: Left

Education: Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, Polytech of Namibia, University of Namibia (UNAM)
Government & Private Schools

Time zone: WAT (UTC+1)
Summer (DST) WAST (UTC+2)

Capital: Windhoek (22º34’2”S 17º5’1”E) (Largest city)
Area: 645km² / 249 sq mi
Population: ±350,000 (estimate)
Density: 542/km² (estimate)

City: Walvis Bay (22º57’22”S 14º30’29”E) (2nd Largest city)
Area: 1,124km² / 434 sq mi
Population: ±80,000 (estimate)
Density: 76/km² (estimate)

Capital: Swakopmund (22º41’S 14º32’E) (3rd Largest city)
Area: 181.3km² / 70 sq mi
Population: ±35,000 (estimate)
Density: 204/km² (estimate)

Coastal:

Sea-pic-200x134The Erongo region with its coastal cities Walvis Bay and Swakopmund is due to become the major contributor to the GDP of Namibia. This is not surprising as the magnitude of recent infrastructure utilisation and development in the region is further complimented by the gradual entry of Uranium mines setting Namibia to become the largest exporter of uranium by 2015.

Walvis Bay’s jurisdiction stretches alongside the coastline, from the salt pans (south) to the Swakop river (north) and is “well equipped” to meet the demands of the virtual economic “explosion”. The attributing factors are:

  • The EPZ attracting manufacturing and investors with lucrative incentives
  • Walvis Bay Corridor Group established and continuously developing the logistical network to the DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana & South Africa via the Trans-Kunene Corridor, Trans-Caprivi Corridor and the Trans-Kalahari Corridor.
  • The port of Walvis Bay is due to be expanded within the next 3 years to enable handling of ever increasing volumes of cargo earmarked for transit across the borders of Namibia.

Increase in exports to North & South America, Europe and Asia via the port of Walvis Bay

  • Fishing factories are well settled in Walvis Bay. (Also from Spain & Portugal)
  • Municipality geared for the Increase in the demand for housing and available land for development – Property alongside the coast will become scarcer as further residential property is earmarked to, in future, be made available more inland.

Incorporates “Langstrand”, Dolphin Park, Namib Eco Village & Afrodite Beach

  • New “Heavy” Industrial Area developments to cater for Oil refineries and related industries.
  • Excellent Schools, Hospitals, Clinics, Banks, Well qualified professionals – Engineers, Architects, Doctors & Specialists, etc.
  • Investors are constantly seeking opportunities to invest in developments.
  • Availability of Sports, Recreational and Leisure facilities & activities.

Swakopmund has jurisdiction over a much smaller piece of Coastline and current development is mainly as spin-offs from the growing Mining Industry and Tourism remains an important source of revenue. The town is ideally situated and benefit from the fact that it is a thoroughfare to and from Walvis Bay. Notable economic factors are:

  • New Industrial Area Developments
  • Provision of Residential property has essence already reached the brim of “on” or “close to” the beach and future expansion of the town will be inland.
  • Excellent Schools, Hospitals, Clinics, Banks, Well qualified professionals – Engineers, Architects, Doctors & Specialists, etc
  • A favourite tourist destination (especially German & Europe in general)