Namibia. In June, Namibia issued a license to the French nuclear energy company AREVA to extract uranium at Trekkopje, about 30 km west of the capital Windhoek. AREVA plans to invest US $ 750 million in the mine, which is expected to become the world’s largest when it comes into operation at the end of 2009. With an annual production of approximately 3,500 tonnes, the mine is expected to have a service life of about nine years.
At the end of October, the first ivory auction was held in nearly a decade in Namibia. More than seven tonnes of ivory were sold to customers from China and Japan, bringing in $ 1.1 million. The auction was approved by CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – and was followed by a further number of ivory sales in southern Africa. Most of the ivory had been collected from elephants that died a natural death.
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Namibia opens up for international tourism
The government announces that foreign tourists are welcome in Namibia again from 1 September. The borders were closed on March 28 this year to prevent the spread of covid-19, but as the regular high season is now approaching, according to the Minister of Tourism, the country’s significant hospitality industry must be given a chance to survive. All incoming tourists will need to present a certificate of freshness that is a maximum of 72 hours old and will have to spend at least seven days at their first destination in the country. The news comes despite the fact that the number of infections in Namibia has tripled, to over 6,000, in the last month.
Geingob rejects German compensation money
President Hage Geingob rejects an offer of financial compensation from the former colonial power Germany. The German offer comes after several years of divisive negotiations that revolved around how Germany should settle its debt to the massacres that took place during the colonial era in the early 20th century when tens of thousands of people from the ethnic groups herero and nama were killed. Namibia has demanded both financial compensation and an official apology from Germany for what is sometimes called the first genocide of the 20th century. According to Geingob, the German offer of increased aid to Namibia is not sufficient compensation.
Journalists protest against lack of press freedom
Eighty Namibia’s top journalists are writing an open letter accusing the country’s politicians of trying to control their work. The letter concerns, among other things, that the reporter Edward Muumbu was recently fired from the state news agency Nampa after asking troublesome questions about corruption to President Hage Geingob during a press conference on covid-19. According to the journalists, the incident is one of many signs that the country’s politicians regularly exert pressure on the media to escape inconvenient coverage.
According to Countryaah reports, the population of Namibia in 2008 was 2,118,763, ranking number 142 in the world. The population growth rate was 1.800% yearly, and the population density was 2.5737 people per km2.