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China slowdown's impact on Namibia

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China, the world's second largest economy, has been undergoing an economic slowdown that is likely to persist until the end of the year, and Namibia is affected too.


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      'Do something'

      by Anna Shinana

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      “DON'T just sit at home, do something.”

      These are the words of Rundu Urban councillor Victoria Kauma, who says unemployed, qualified young people at the town should think outside the box and engage in economic activities to earn a living.

      She said this in response to Rundu resident Maria Mayongora (22) and her mother, Christophine Kapango (59), who are making a living mining sand along the Okavango River's, which they sell to construction companies and individuals at the town.

      Mayongora says she dropped out of school in Grade 10 due to a lack of finances.

      “My mother and I started this work in 2013, and are still doing it,” she says. Mayongora has two children, but says the household comprises 15 people, “my parents, grandparents, siblings and some grandchildren. I could not complete school because there was no money for my school exams.

      “I decided to leave school and started working with my family . . . I wish to continue school so that I can improve my life and my family life, but for now, this is the life,” she says.

      According to the Namibia Statistics Angency, the unemployment rate among the youth in the Kavango regions stands at 46,8%. Kauma has applauded Mayongora and her family as an inspiring example to other residents of the town.

      “I went to see the family, and I was inspired to see how they are rising above their hardships by engaging in that type of business just to put bread on the table.

      “We all need to stand up and do something. The Kavango region is not poor. The resources are there, but no one is using them. People need to just think outside the box.

      “Our constituency office is there to help our community where we can, but we don't have enough resources,” she says.

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