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Public transport is not available to all destinations in Namibia. There are however, private bus services between major cities and towns throughout the country. There are also private bus services from Windhoek to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Swakopmund.
The railway network comprises 2 382 kilometres of 1 067 kilometres narrow-gauge track, with the main line running from the South African border via Keetmanshoop to Windhoek, Okahandja, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. A long, northern branch connects with Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein, while another branch line runs from Windhoek to Gobabis in the east. The northern railway line from Tsumeb has been extended to Oshikango.Further information on rail networks and train schedules can be obtained from: www.transnamib.com.na.
Namibia has direct air links to major sub-Saharan cities, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Gaborone, Lusaka and Harare. International flights from Frankfurt arrive in and depart from Namibia regularly. Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated about 48 kilometres east of Windhoek’s city centre.Namibia’s national carrier, Air Namibia has flights to Luanda (Angola), Victoria Falls, Harare (Zimbabwe) and Gaborone (Botswana). For more information and up-to-date schedules visit:www.airnamibia.com.na.
Smaller aircraft can land at Eros Airport on the outskirts of Windhoek. International flights also depart from and arrive at the Walvis Bay Airport. There are ±46 smaller aerodromes and private landing strips throughout the country. Domestic charter flights are available to all destinations.The Namibia Airports Company(NAC), an independent commercial entity, manages and develops the national airports in the country. Further information can be obtained from: www.airports.com.na
Namibia has modern telecommunications infrastructure. The Telecom network covers all major routes and towns of the country.
Recently, Namibia in partnership with Botswana launched the West Africa Cable System(WACS), an ultra high capacity fibre optic submarine cable with a capacity of 5.12Tbps that links South Africa to the UK with landings in Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Portugal. The cable provides a high speed broadband internet access. Further information and updates on current telecommunication infrastructures, visit: www.telecom.na.
Namibia Post Ltd (affiliated to the Universal Postal Union) has 120 post offices around the country. Further information can be obtained from: www.nampost.com.na.
Namibia has two mobile cellular operators.Namibia’s cellular operator has been functional since 1995. MTC has coverage in all Namibia’s major towns and is now moving forward to provide road coverage on the country’s major routes. MTC operates on the GSM 900/1800 frequency. A second cellular operator, LEO, has recently been granted permission to operate in Namibia.
NamPower (Pty) Ltd is responsible for Namibia’s electricity network. The main sources of power are the thermal, coal-fired Van Eck Power Station outside Windhoek (120MW); the Hydroelectric Plant at Ruacana Falls (240MW); the diesel-driven Paratus Power Station at Walvis Bay (24MW) and one interconnecting line from ESKOM (South Africa) (200MW).
NamPower erected a 900-km, 400kV interconnector power-line from Kenhardt in South Africa to Auas near Windhoek to meet the growing electricity demand in the country.
Other projects include the continual upgrading of the existing network, the investigation of a hydroelectric scheme along the Kunene River, the development of the Kudu Gas Fields and the construction of various 220kV and 132kV lines.
Further updates on the country’s electricity infrastructures, visit: www.nampower.com.na.
Namibia boasts a well-established national road network of more than 42 000 kilometres, of which 13% is bitumen surfaced, serving as arterial roads linking Namibia with neighbouring countries.
The country is linked by road to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. The Trans-Kalahari and Trans-Caprivi highways provide fast and comfortable road links between Namibia’s port of Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast, and landlocked neighbouring countries. The highways provide a regional transport corridor, intended to reduce the time-span for movement of imports and exports from neighbouring countries to the markets of Western Europe and the Americas by at least five days compared to traditional routes in Southern Africa. The responsibilities for the construction and effective maintenance of Namibian road networks lie with the State-Owned Enterprise, the Roads Contractor Company Limited (RCC). www.rcc.com.na
The Namibian Ports Authority (NamPort) operates the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz as commercial entities, insuring fast, economical and customer-oriented port services. These Namibian ports provide a safe alternative for cargoes to the country and central Southern African neighbours through the Walvis Bay corridor. NamPort is committed to providing efficient and effective port operations, including land- and sea-cargo transfers, promoting and improving hub-port and other related services to the benefit of clients, and facilitating the economic growth of Namibia and its neighbours through foreign trade.
The deepening of the port of Walvis Bay, completed in August 2000, brought it in line with other ports in Southern Africa. The ultimate goal of this combined effort is to develop business and promote trade in the SADC Region. With the increased depth of 12.8 metres, the port can now accommodate container vessels with a capacity of some 2 200 to 2 400 containers, making regular visits to the port much more attractive for shipping lines.
At Lüderitz harbour, the completion of the new cargo and container quay wall, which is 500 metres in length, provides the capacity and opportunity for additional traffic growth experienced in southern Namibia. This quay has a draft of -8.15 metres and can accommodate vessels up to 150 metres in length.For all your imports/exports to and from Namibia and the rest of the SADC region, please visit the Namport’s website at:www.namport.com
The Namibia Water Corporation, NamWater, is a fully government-owned company, registered on 9 December 1997 as a commercial company under the Company’s Act.
Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, is the sole shareholder of the Corporation. NamWater supplies water in bulk to industry, municipalities and the Directorate of Rural Water Supply in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The Directorate, in turn, supplies water to rural communities. The Corporation with its modern water infrastructure is rated as one of the best on the African continent. www.namwater.com.na
The Namibian Constitution guarantees freedom of the press. There are seven commercial newspapers, of which four are daily, two appear twice a week, and one is a weekend tabloid.
The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) currently has eight radio channels and one television channel. It broadcasts in six languages from Windhoek and three indigenous languages from transmitters in the north. There are two privately owned television channels and six privately-owned radio stationsthat operate from Windhoek. Community radio stations operate in Windhoek and the Omusati Region, while there is one wire service, referred to as Nampa.
Several international television channels are received via satellite and broadcast, including the BBC, CNN, Discovery, Al Jazeera, CCTV, South Africa’s M-Net and DStv, TV1 and Supersport, as well as two radio stations.