Namibia – April 2004 Daniel Norman Tumason Flood plains 1,9 million people Growth rate 3,1% Desert 1440 km 1320 km 350 km Sam Nujoma president Minerals in the economy • 10.000 people work in formal mining. • Also 1000 informal miners. • 12% of the GDP now down from 25% in the 1980s – new sectors entered the economy. – price of minerals has dropped. • Biggest portion of the income in foreign currency. • Produces 6% of the world’s uranium – One of the largest uranium mines in world Other mineral resources • Diamonds, on land and off-shore (gem quality) • Gold • Copper • Semi-precious stones • Tantalite, tin, lead, • Zinc Agriculture • More than half of all the jobs. • About 4000 farms - belong mostly to white farmers who farm cattle and sheep extensively and export the meat to South Africa. • Some farms produce ostrich meat, mainly for export. The Atlantic coast Fisheries • Namibia has rich fishing grounds – Because of the Benguela current – Total catch is about 600.000 t per year – Total fleet about 350 vessels – Fish is about 25% of exports – Main species : • Hake, orange roughy, rock lobster, crab (demersal) • Horse mackerel, pilchard, sardine, tuna (pelagic) • Hake • Horse mackerel (tunny) • Orange roughy • Sardines Tourism • The annual number of visitors is nearing the one-million mark. • What do they do? – Spots of natural beauty – Golfing – Dune adventures – German towns – Swakopmund, Luderitz – People • Wild animals – Zebra – Ostriches Causes of death • In Namibia 6,934 people die of AIDS every year. But every year 19,624 people die so about 1/3 of Namibian deaths are from AIDS. • In Iceland about 2000 people die every year and nobody died of AIDS year 2000 in Iceland. Nuggets • Namibia is home to the largest population of cheetah still in existence. • Namibia has more kilometres of road per capita than any other part of Africa. • The Fish River Canyon is 27km wide and 550m deep. • One of Africa's endangered species, the black rhino finds sanctuary in Etosha. http://www.met.gov.na/central.html Icelandic International Development Agency From the Out of Africa cafe in Swakopmund Thank you!
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