Botswana is looking to Namibia to strengthen ties between the two countries. Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, called on Namibia to develop stronger trade relations with each other. Mogae is hoping to strengthen the economies of countries in Southern Africa and is eventually hoping to extend this effort to more countries, such as Zambia and Zimbabwe. By creating better trade relations with smaller countries, Mogae looks to cut over reliance on imports from South Africa and to create better economic opportunities for southern African countries.
The increasing amount of tourism in Africa has had especially strong effects in Nigeria, which has the fastest growing tourism center in not only the continent, but the world. Leaders are seeking to foster this growth as they meet this week at the country’s first tourism planning meeting. The meeting’s purpose is to enhance the tourism sector and improve its spread across the country. Currently, the industry provides 22% of the jobs in the country, and leaders believe that, with careful expansion, it can provide even more.
Namibia has long attracted tourists not only due to its rich natural beauty, but also its strong cultural appeal. The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, heralded the Olufuko Festival in the North as a great draw four tourists.
As the tourism industry develops, however, the National Tourism Department works hard to ensure that the environment is protected. Namibia has long been developing “responsible tourism” as a way to attract tourists while still preserving the country’s natural attractions, which in turn draw more tourists.
As President Barack Obama is closing his tour of Africa, he has announced a $7 billion initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. The timeline for this plan is over the next five years and will work in … Continue reading →
This past Thursday, Namibian Advocate Bience Gawanas’ academic journey came full circle when she earned a Doctor Legum (honoris causa) from the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa). Adv. Bience Gawanas was forced to withdraw from UWC 36 years ago around the same time as the Soweto Uprisings, a peaceful student protest that demanded equal educational opportunities for black South Africans during apartheid. The peaceful protest became tragic when South African police opened fire on the high school students, all of whom were unarmed.
Advocate Bience Gawanas (far left) at the UWC Graduation Last Thursday.
In the decades since, South African apartheid has come to an end and education reform is in full effect. For Adv. Bience Gawanas, her evolution from expelled student to Advocate of the Namibian High Court, and Commissioner to the internationally recognized global movement Every Woman Every Child, is magnified through her recent honor in Cape Town. Her success in the face of adversity will continue to serve as inspiration for children growing up in post-apartheid South Africa, and its neighboring nations. As a Namibian growing up during the apartheid, Adv. Gawanas dared to dream big and pursue a law career at a time when blacks were widely unwelcome in that field. Her determination to fight for equal rights for blacks in Africa’s southern region has been ceaseless, as expressed last Thursday when she said, “I knew that in a white court, black people could never receive justice or fairness and if I were a black lawyer I could ensure that they too deserve respect for their human rights and dignity.”
As Adv. Bience Gawanas’ career in law, global activism, and her recent doctoral honor from the University of the Western Cape indicates, the future is bright for educational opportunities in South Africa.