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STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY
DR. HAGE G. GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA
WORKING FOR A STRONGER, JUST AND UNITED NAMIBIA
WINDHOEK PARLIAMENT

06 April 2022

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Honourable Speaker, Fellow Namibians,

I am pleased and honoured to be with you in this August House to deliver my 8th State of the Nation Address since becoming President of the Republic of Namibia. As we deliberate on the State of our Nation, we do so knowing that regardless of our political, religious, tribal, racial or class differences, we all have the same objective: to serve the people of Namibia.

We live in extraordinary times. To face the increasingly multi-layered challenges of the future, we need to find each other, not turn against each other.

In a democracy, we will have differences of opinion on how we approach the development question, but we are all Namibians, and the well-being of our country is of utmost importance to each one of us. This is a time that demands a collective mindset, a different way of doing things, and an understanding that Namibia and its citizens’ well-being has and will always be greater and more important than individuals. Fate calls on us to remove the walls of partisan thinking and assume the mantle of unity to ensure that we emerge from the rough waves we have faced and continue sailing towards the shores of peace, equity and prosperity. It is our collective duty to hold hands and reimage our Nation so that we can move forward as a Namibia ready to achieve her destiny; A Namibia defined by unity and shared national identity; A Namibia defined by peace and social harmony, and a Namibia defined by new economic opportunities and growth.

Honourable Speaker, Fellow Namibians,

Since assuming office, we witnessed the global economy experience a meltdown, which placed tremendous economic pressure on developing countries such as Namibia. To make matters worse, a period of relentless drought exacerbated the situation. The challenges of unemployment, land and housing delivery backlog and contracting economic growth continue to be compounded due to independent intervening variables.

Honourable Members, these are our realities. (Click here to download the President's SONA as pdf.)

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STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY Dr Hage G. Geingob, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE 41ST COVID-19 PUBLIC BRIEFING ON THE NATIONAL RESPONSE MEASURES

15 March 2022

Good afternoon fellow Namibians and welcome to the 41st COVID-19 Public Briefing.

The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving. Recently, the classification of the outbreak has been adjusted by the World Health Organisation from a pandemic to endemic disease. In Namibia, the recovery rate from COVID-19 now stands at 97 percent, with a Case Fatality Rate of 2,5 percent. Statistics further indicate that at 14 March 2022, the active cases stood at 222. As the nation may recall, there was a time during July 2021 when the active cases in the country were much higher, peaking at an all-time high of 27,046 (twenty-seven-thousand-and-forty-six) active infections in the country.

However, the reclassification of the outbreak to endemic should not give us a false sense of security. We must continue to be vigilant and alert to further control the spread and the upsurge in new cases.

The magnitude of the challenge we continue to face is large and we must be ready to mount an effective response. To protect the most vulnerable members of our society and to bolster the capacity of our healthcare system so as to respond to new infections as they occur, we still require strong measures and interventions to reduce the spread of new infections.

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STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY Dr Hage G. Geingob
ON THE OCCASSION OF THE 39th COVID-19 PUBLIC BRIEFING ON THE NATIONAL RESPONSE MEASURES

13 January 2022, WINDHOEK

Good Morning,

Allow me to begin by wishing you once again, fellow Namibians in all the 14 regions, a healthy, productive and prosperous New Year 2022 - The Year of Reimaging. Every new year presents a fresh start, a new beginning, to work, not only harder but smarter, guided by lessons from the previous year. To refocus our vision in order to achieve the goals we have set ourselves for as a nation.

In light of what we have been through over the past two years, this is our opportunity to form a new and optimistic mental picture for the future we hope to embrace. This moment presents yet another chance to pursue our dreams with renewed vigour and focus, to achieve success against all odds. I am confident that in this year of reimaging, we can become a better version of ourselves and our country.

Following a very deadly Third Wave of COVID-19 mid-last year, we are all evermore grateful for good health and the invaluable gift of life. Many of our compatriots did not make it to this day, and we will continue to cherish them in our memories. But we must forge ahead relentlessly into 2022 to make the Namibian House a truly inclusive and prosperous home for all her citizens.

The Fourth Wave, which was spurred by the outbreak of the OMICRON variant of COVID-19 in Namibia, in November 2021, was characterized by a very high transmission rate with moderate hospitalisations. We must therefore proceed with caution, because the invisible enemy remains in our midst. We will not be safe, as a nation and as the global community, until all citizens are safe. Combatting this virus is a huge undertaking that will require every human effort, diligence and compliance, to overcome it.

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NewYearMessage President Geingob

Fellow Namibians,

As the long shadows of the dusk fall on the Year 2021 and the twilight approaches, we prepare to draw the curtain on a testing twelve months and look forward in anticipation to a new beginning, which brings promise and hope.

The Year 2021, will undoubtedly go down as a year of many trials and tribulations. A year which tested the limits of our patience, our resolve and our faith. Indeed, this was a year of resilience, in which we withstood a multitude of
challenges, most notably the assault on our way of life by the invisible enemy, Covid-19.

The havoc inflicted by this merciless pandemic of the 21st Century has been unlike anything we have experienced since our independence in 1990. Covid-19 is indiscriminate; it knows no borders, no nationality, no race, no tribe, no gender, no age and no social class. It has reached out and affected all of humanity. However, in the middle of untold despair, the war against this virus has also united people across the globe.

Although 2021 is a year many will not remember with fondness, it is a year which reminded us about what it means to be human and the most fundamental qualities (...) Please click here to continue reading the President's New Year Message.

STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT Dr Hage G. Geingob ON THE OCCASION OF 37th COVID-19 BRIEFING: DETECTION OF THE OMICRON VARIANT IN NAMIBIA
WINDHOEK , 06 December 2021

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Fellow Countrymen and Women,

Over a week ago, on 24 November 2021, diligent scientists and talented medical professionals from our neighbouring sister country, South Africa identified a new Covid-19 variant. Befittingly, we owe these men and women a debt of gratitude for their research excellence in identifying this new variant, which has since been code-named Omicron and listed as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

Unfortunately, instead of applauding this outstanding achievement by African scientists, certain countries and regions of the world have responded with knee-jerk measures in the form of counterproductive travel bans against our region. The global fight against Covid-19 demands multilateral collaboration, coordination and consultations between nations, and not divisions between regions and citizens. It is in that vein that I call for an end to unnecessary travel bans, which undermine economic recovery; and are not rooted in scientific rigour.

We should come together as ONE world and ONE global village to defeat the common enemy Covid-19.

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