Silver jubilee celebrations for Walvis Bay

Re-integration to be celebrated

11 August 2019 | Events

Derek Klazen; Deputy minister; "After mining, the fishing of over 20 fish species landed in Walvis Bay is the second biggest export earner of foreign currency."

Walvis Bay - Leandrea Louw

Celebrations to mark 25 years of the re-integration of Walvis Bay and the 12 offshore islands into Namibia is set to take place later this year.

At the launch of the celebrations themed ‘Walvis Bay, the pulse of the Namibian economy’, N$550 000 was raised from corporates as well as individuals for the festivities.

At the time Namibia gained independence in 1990, Walvis Bay and the offshore islands were still under South African rule. After lengthy negotiations and discussions, Walvis Bay and the offshore islands were integrated into Namibia on 1 March 1994.

Speaking at the launch, Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjivikua said the celebrations should be befitting the fight to integrate this town into the country.

Derek Klazen, deputy minister of rural and urban development and former mayor of Walvis Bay, highlighted that since 1994 the Port City of Walvis Bay has been on a steady path of inclusive development and economic growth.

“After mining, the fishing of over 20 fish species landed in Walvis Bay is the second biggest export earner of foreign currency. Fishing is also the third largest economic sector in terms of contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Although the mainstay of the economic activities in this city is fishing, the transport and logistics sector plays an important role as a catalyst to steady development.”

He said the role of the port in the Walvis Bay corridor and inter-country linkages with final destination countries cannot be forgotten. Neither can the excellent leadership at the local authority level be ignored.

“These factors create a conducive environment for intra-country investment and the attraction of foreign direct investments. Ensuring Walvis Bay remains the pulse of the Namibian economy can be achieved by maintaining steady economic growth, providing training and education to the human capital, liberalising the legal framework and other policies bottle-necking investment. Forming strategic public private partnerships, investigating and securing additional sources of revenue creation and the sustainable exploitation of niche markets and resources are also essential.”

Klazen also called on the community to unite, and guard against crime and other social ills.