Brigitte Weidlich

Brigitte Weidlich

    Namibia held out longer than the majority of its counterparts in Southern Africa before signing the interim economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union, managing in the process to squeeze some concessions from Brussels after intense diplomatic efforts.

    They roamed the savannahs and open plains for thousands of years, but the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of Southern Africa's San tribes is slowly being squeezed towards extinction. About 30 000 San remain in Namibia, with the Haikom and Juhoansi the largest groups.

    The Etosha National Park, once the world's largest game reserve and home to 114 different mammal species, celebrates its centenary this month as the jewel in Namibia's crown. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock each year to Etosha in the north of the mainly desert nation of about two million people.

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Namibia on Tuesday at the start of a three-day visit which will see him hold talks with counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba and sign a number of bilateral agreements. Pohamba was on hand to greet Mugabe who was given a red-carpet reception at Windhoek airport.

    Human rights groups in Namibia were on Tuesday preparing a hostile reception for Robert Mugabe at the start of a three-day state visit to Windhoek by the veteran Zimbabwean president. Mugabe, who was due to arrive in Namibia on Tuesday evening, is to meet with Namibian counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba and sign a number of bilateral agreements.