A hunt for diamonds along the coast of Namibia has led to the discovery of a shipwreck dating back about five centuries, with its booty of gold coins and bronze cannons still intact. A spokesperson for Namdeb, the company whose miners made the discovery last month, said the ship was believed to have been the oldest wreck to be discovered in sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki held talks with his Namibian counterpart, Hifikepunye Pohamba, in Windhoek on Tuesday on a visit designed to boost cross-border trade and cooperation in the energy sector. The proposed development of Namibia's offshore Kudu gas-field project was among the topics in the initial round of discussions.
A child plays in a stagnant pool of water beside a mongrel dog that gives out a half-hearted bark before retiring in the sun-baked dust. Take a stroll from here into Babylon, an informal settlement. The filth and decay, the lack of water and proper sanitary facilities in Babylon and other informal settlements in Namibia are a blueprint for a disaster.
Working closely with the Central Intelligence Organisation's directorate of counter-intelligence, Zanu-PF has been setting up secret death squads comprising members of the National Youth Service training programme. The squads petrol bomb political opponents' homes, commit acts of sabotage and torture opponents to President Robert Mugabe's regime, a former member of one such death squad said this week.
One of the most pressing issues facing Namibian officials at present is the country's high unemployment rate. According to the latest <i>Namibian Labour Force Survey</i>, which was presented to Parliament earlier this year, 36,7% of the country's population is currently unemployed, up more than 3% since the previous survey in 2000.
Seven people have died in Namibia and 27 have fallen ill after an outbreak of polio, the first in the Southern African country since 1995, the health ministry said on Tuesday. "We have 34 cases and I can confirm today that it is polio," said Kalumbi Shangula, the permanent secretary of the health ministry.
"They have no voice, no jobs; poverty is excruciating, slavery is there. They are just suffering." This was the sobering assessment of Namibia's indigenous San community, delivered by Deputy Prime Minister Libertina Amathila last September after a visit to the north-eastern Otjozondjupa region where the majority of San live.
Hollywood film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are holidaying in Namibia, officials and local papers reported on Thursday, with rumours that the pregnant starlet may give birth there. Immigration officials confirmed the couple jetted into the small Atlantic port of Walvis Bay on Monday morning.
The sight of an elderly person caring for children with Aids-related illnesses -- and grandchildren who may have been orphaned by the pandemic -- has become a common one in Namibia, and the Southern African region as a whole. According to the 2004 <i>Common Country Assessment</i>, grandparents provide care for most orphans under the age of 18 who live in rural areas.
Namibia's health officials are grappling with the magnitude of the HIV/Aids pandemic in the Caprivi Strip, which borders three of the world's worst-affected countries -- Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women in the Caprivi region stands at 43%.