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Namibia (/nəˈmɪbiə/, /næˈ-/), officially the Republic of Namibia (German:  Republik Namibia ; Afrikaans: Republiek van Namibië), and formerly German South-West Africa and then South West Africa, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of the Zambezi River (essentially a small bulge in Botswana to achieve a Botswana/Zambia micro-border) separates them at their closest points. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.

The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by San, Damara, and Namaqua, and since about the 14th century AD by immigrating Bantu who came with the Bantu expansion. Most of the territory became a German Imperial protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed its laws and, from 1948, its apartheid policy. The port of Walvis Bay and the offshore Penguin Islands had been annexed by the Cape Colony under the British crown by 1878 and had become an integral part of the new Union of South Africa at its creation in 1910.

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What Defines Success and Failure for Africa's Blue Economy Projects?

The Maritime Executive 19 Apr 2021
This unsustainable approach in the development of the blue economy is common across other such projects in Africa, including the Vridi Canal Project in Cote d’Ivoire, the Lamu Port construction in Kenya and the Sandpiper marine phosphate mining project in Namibia....

Namibia marks 31st independence anniversary

Graphic 21 Mar 2021
On the 21st of March 1990, Namibia gained its independence ... Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma declared, “I move in the name of the people that Namibia is forever free, sovereign and independent” ... Namibia has a well-established fishing industry and seeks to increase the existing volume of its fish and marine products into the Ghanaian market....

Namibia's marine diamond miner's production slumps 13 pct in 2020 09 Mar 2021
WINDHOEK, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Namibia's marine diamond miner Debmarine Namibia reported on Monday a 13-percent drop in production to 1.125 million carats in 2020 as the demand for diamonds weakened due to COVID-19....

Namibia’s marine diamond miner’s production hit by COVID-19, drops 13% in 2020

Mining Weekly 09 Mar 2021
Namibia has the richest known marine diamond deposits in the world, and is among the ......

Namibia’s Debmarine reports drop in output but new mining ship to be built

Business Day 08 Mar 2021
Windhoek— Debmarine Namibia, a subsidiary of Anglo American’s diamond unit De Beers, on Monday reported a 13% drop in ... Namibia has the richest known marine diamond deposits in the world, and is among the top 10 producers of gem-quality diamonds globally....

De Beers Rough Diamond Production Declines

The Botswana Gazette 08 Feb 2021
Anticipates positive demand for rough in 2021. GAZETTE REPORTER ... Anglo said in the neighbouring Namibia, production declined by 26 percent to 0.3 million carats as the majority of the marine fleet remobilised during Q4 following the Q3 stoppage ... Anglo American noted that demand for rough diamonds showed positive trends in the fourth quarter of 2020....

Phosphate Mining Will Not Disturb Economy - Chamber

All Africa 03 Feb 2021
According to the Chamber of Mines of Namibia, the same approach should also be considered ......

Biosynthetic Technologies Receives Provisional AEGIR-Marine Approval For Its Biobased Biosynthetic® VGP Compliant ISO 68 Hydraulic Fluid

The Courier Times 02 Feb 2021
2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Biosynthetic® Technologies today announced it has been awarded the provisional AEGIR-Marine approval for its Biosynthetic® ISO 68 hydraulic fluid specifically manufactured for marine applications ... About AEGIR-Marine. AEGIR-Marine is a full service provider for stern tube seals and propulsion systems for the maritime industry....

Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

The Observer 19 Jan 2021
The waters off Namibia’s coast are rich in nutrients and support an abundance of marine life ... “The fact that we have done something about it … that gives me a great sense of joy and achievement,” said the report’s co-author, Titus Shaanika of BirdLife International’s Albatross Task Force in Namibia....

Toxins, diseases ruled out for death of Namibian seal pups 15 Dec 2020
15 (Xinhua) -- An investigation into the cause of death of seal pups off the Namibian coast has ruled out toxins and diseases as the cause of death, NGO Ocean Conservation Namibia(OCN) official said on Tuesday ... of Walvis Bay, west Namibia....