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Namibian Economics to the Point – March 2017

31. March 2017, inke - Economics

With good rainfalls in most parts of Namibia raising hopes for good harvests and a general economic upswing, the new national budget, tabled this month, also tended to the positive by avoiding tax increases - a relief for taxpayers and the economy. Government announced plans to expropriate farms for fair compensation. Petrol prices went up by 32 cents a litre and Diesel increased by 25 cents. 

Namibian Economics to the Point – March 2017

Rarely seen Risso´s dolphin saved in Lüderitz

30. March 2017, inke - Environment

On Tuesday this week (28th March 2017), just after lunch, Dr Jean Paul Roux - Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources’ marine biologist - was informed that a stranded dolphin had been spotted in Lüderitz harbour. Dr Roux was surprised to find a Risso´s dolphin (Grampus griseus) stranded in the shallow water. Risso’s is a species which is very rare to Namibian waters.

Rarely seen Risso´s dolphin saved in Lüderitz

Wika! One Nation, One Celebration

28. March 2017, inke - Culture

The Windhoek Carnival (Wika) is kicking off tonight on Friday with the Royal Ball followed by the street parade of floats on Saturday. The float procession starts the Mayor’s Office at 11h11 proceeding through Independence Avenue and Bahnhof Street to the railway station. Don’t miss the action and join the party after the street parade at the home of the Windhoek Carnival, Sport Klub Windhoek in Olympia.

Wika! One Nation, One Celebration

Independence - More than 300 Years of Resistance

24. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It is January 1677. At the tip of Africa, where a supply station has been established at the foot of Table Mountain, the Dutch ship “Bode” sets sails to explore the coastline north of the Gariep/Orange river mouth. In early March the “Bode” arrives at Sandwich Harbour. The crew goes ashore but is attacked by the Khoisan who live there. After a brief skirmish the sailors retreat back to their ship and leave the bay. This was the first resistance by the inhabitants of today’s Namibia against European intruders and resistance continued for more than three centuries.

Independence - More than 300 Years of Resistance

Lithops - Living stones

17. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

In 1811, botanist, explorer and artist William John Burchell recorded finding a “curiously strange pebble”, which he discovered was a plant. This “living stone” or lithops has intrigued many people over the centuries. A real desert child, lithops favours arid or semi-arid areas although it is also found in more vegetated grasslands with higher rainfall. In the coastal areas of the Namib Desert, it depends on the mist to obtain moisture. 

Lithops - Living stones

The Forgotten Vineyards of Klein Windhoek

10. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Looking out over the Klein Windhoek valley, one notices the upmarket suburban houses surrounding St Paul’s College and its sports fields and the students walking jauntily down the road after a typical school day. What few people may realise however is that the valley, verdant in mid-summer bounty, was once covered by the sprawling vineyards of the Roman Catholic Mission.

The Forgotten Vineyards of Klein Windhoek

Did you know? Warthogs feast on the deceased

08. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

Warthogs can be found in almost all Namibian regions, even in the isolated Namib Desert. Standing on their elbows, fore legs bent beneath them, they are within sight of the car drivers as they dig for roots and tubers with their hard noses. Grass, herbs and fresh shoots are also never spurned by animals that are considered to be herbivores. What most people do not know, however, is that warthogs also eat meat. 

Did you know? Warthogs feast on the deceased

Namibian Economics to the Point - February 2017

02. March 2017, inke - Economics

While a few dark clouds over Namibia’s economic downturn still prevail, there are silver linings as some mining companies and the tourism industry perform well. The Finance Ministry applied fiscal brakes on spending and demands that State-owned companies make profits. Welcome rains during February helped fill several dams and farmers are cautiously optimistic about beef and crop productions. Western parts of Namibia only received scattered rainfalls. Some nervousness prevails in the economy.

Namibian Economics to the Point - February 2017

Namibian Politics to the Point – February 2017

01. March 2017, inke -

After the long summer break, political life in Namibia took off this month with the opening of Parliament and the first Cabinet meeting. The land issue dominated again with claims for ancestral land lost during colonisation. Claims were peppered with alleged tribalistic undertones in the view of the government. President Hage Geingob called for unity and warned against tribalism during a remarkable commemoration of the iconic Oukwanyama King Mandume Ya Ndemufayo, who died in combat against colonial troops 100 years ago. 

Namibian Politics to the Point – February 2017

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