Windhoek Population Expected to Reach Over 400 000 in 2017
“Even with the normal population growth within the City, excluding the impact of migration, the infrastructure development and the support systems that the City of Windhoek has in place is unable to meet the existing demand as it is,” said Ulrich Eiseb Chief Financial Officer at Namibia Asset Management; We are seriously behind in terms of the ability to support all of these individuals,” Eiseb added.
The Population Projections Report (PPR) from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), shows that the City of Windhoek’s population will increase to 431 000 from the 342 000 recorded in 2011. It further shows that many people move from the regions to Windhoek in order to further their education and for employment. “The other thing is also marriage which I find very interesting,“ said NSA Senior Communications Officer Esther Simasiku.
Simasiku said when a husband in a family of five for example got a job in Windhoek, the whole family then migrates to the City which contributes to the increase. The Population Census is done every 10 years with the next census for Windhoek to be conducted in 2021.
Meanwhile, City of Windhoek Public Relations Officer Lydia Amutenya said it does have an impact on the City especially when the demand outweighs the supply. “The City will try its best to take care of its residence in all ways possible,” said Amutenya.
Spotlight News this week focusses on rural to urban migration. The City of Windhoek has seen an increase in the number of people living in Windhoek. We sat down with Ulrich Eiseb Chief Financial Officer at Namibia Asset Management, Esther Simasiku Senior Communications Officer at Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and Lydia Amutenya, City of Windhoek (CoW) Public Relations Officer on the pros and cons,
- The reasons for people flocking to the City.
- Economic effects it might have on the country/city,
- Support systems,
- Population projections,
- Impact on basic necessities,
- Service delivery,
- And the strain on agricultural production etc.