Images of Life in Namibia

On the last day of the month, when many workers' monthly pay is automatically deposited into their accounts, there's a Black Friday-like line outside every bank and ATM to withdraw payday cash. This is at 9:55AM on April 30th.
On the last day of the month, when many workers’ monthly pay is automatically deposited into their accounts, there’s a Black Friday-like queue outside every bank and ATM to withdraw payday cash. This is at 9:55AM on April 30th.
Namibia is a land of entrepreneurs! While unemployment is desperately high (reports vary from 25-50%!), most of those employed also find ways to supplement their income. Spelling aside, this guy offers a pretty comprehensive range of services.
Namibia is a land of entrepreneurs! While unemployment is desperately high (reports vary from 35-50%!), many find new ways to make a living or to supplement their income. These guys offer a pretty comprehensive range of services.
Not sure what the definition of a ghetto is, in this context, but I know that Five Rand Camp is a district of Okahandja where people (mostly from the North) can stay overnight on their way to Windhoek for just 5 Rand per night. Rand is the currency of neighboring South Africa - the Namibian Dollar is pegged to its value, currently around 14 to the US$ on the street. Yep, that means you can get shelter and a bed for the night for about 35¢. And your own ghetto for just north of US$175.
Interesting use of the word “ghetto” in this context. Five Rand Camp is a district of Okahandja where people (mostly from the North) can stay overnight on their way to Windhoek for just 5 Rand per night. Rand is the currency of neighboring South Africa – the Namibian Dollar is pegged to its value, currently around N$14 to the US$. Yep, that means you can get shelter and a bed for about 35¢ a night – and your own “ghetto” for just north of US$175.
Pasta and homemade Tuscan bread from scratch, care of a fellow PST volunteer. His host family Mom, Martina, is the mother of my host family Dad and they live a block away. The two households enjoyed this tasty meal together.
Pasta and homemade Tuscan bread from scratch, care of a fellow PC volunteer. His host family Mom, Martina, is the mother of my host family Dad and they live a block away. The two households enjoyed this tasty meal together on Monday night.

Yes, this is a parody of an Afrikaans language lesson – but it will give you an idea of the difference in pronunciation when compared to English.

Author: Chris

Until 2019, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia focused on Community Economic Development. Before that, I was a high-tech executive, small business owner, consultant and business broker.

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