RUNDU: Rundu residents have been without water and electricity for the past four days.
This was after 11 metal electricity poles allegedly broke, some 15 kilometres outside Rundu on Thursday last week.
Electricity is needed to pump water to homes, offices and businesses.
The unavailability of water and electricity badly affected businesses, as some had to close their doors, while others operate at a snail’s pace using generators.
Some shops had to discard their perishable products such as meat, chicken, dairy products and fish, while others put all perishables on sale in efforts to avoid huge losses. For example, a 1,5 kilogramme bag of chicken, which normally sells for about N.dollars 37, was sold for N.dollars 10.
The situated also resulted in many people now bathing themselves and their motor vehicles in the same river, while some Rundu-based schools closed on Friday, and residents of the town are now using the bushes when nature calls.
Namibia and Rwanda played to a goalless draw in an international friendly encounter played at the Independence Stadium in the capital yesterday.
The match was crucial in Namibia’s preparations for various important games next year.
The Namibians wasted a number of golden scoring chances in the first half, and the game was only brought to ‘some kind of life’ in the second half with the introduction of midfielder Petrus Shitembi.
Shitembi replaced Larry Horaeb, and the Rundu Chiefs playmaker connected well with youthful German-based Manfred Starke.
Namibia and Rwanda will meet again in Kigali, Rwanda on 14 November this year, as Namibia prepares for her 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Malawi on 22 March 2013.
The senior national side will also be in action against Seychelles next year in the CHAN (African Nations Championship-sometimes referred to as African Championship of Nations) competition for locally-based players.
The away leg is in June 2013 and the second leg at home in July 2013.