SWAPO PARTY ACHIEVEMENTS
Review of the Manifesto
The SWAPO Party Government, throughout the mandated period, has been committed to ensuring that it fulfils its promises as enshrined in the 2004 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto, and that its action/work programme had a meaningful impact on communities, and that the quality of life for the overwhelming majority of Namibians has, indeed, improved.
During the reporting period, Parliament adopted and implemented far-reaching policies, and passed numerous important pieces of legislation initiated by the SWAPO Party. To achieve the objective of creating a better life for all our people through the alleviation of poverty, the SWAPO Party Government spent N$63 billion during the reporting period to implement programmes and projects as promised in the 2004 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto.
The SWAPO Party Government believes that poverty alleviation can only be achieved if basic needs (access to water, food, housing, education, health, etc.) of all Namibians are met. Since independence, all Government programmes and projects were designed with this in mind. It is against this background that the Party developed a poverty alleviation package that provides for the basic needs of the destitute, including the chronically unemployed.
With dedicated commitment, the SWAPO Party Government ensured that 90.7% of the population have access to rural water supply coverage, compared to 75% in 2000. At the same time, urban water supply reached coverage of 98.4% of the population.
During the reporting period, the SWAPO Party Government supported orphans and vulnerable children, as well as early childhood development programmes. Social safety nets were widened, with coverage for social grants to the elderly reaching 85%. In addition, provision has been made for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the form of foster parent allowances.
With regard to access to land, the SWAPO Party Government acquired 828,265 hectares of land for resettlement purposes. Similarly, contribution to the Land Fund increased from N$50 million to N$80 million per annum.
The SWAPO Party Government delivered on its promise of provision of housing and shelter with the establishment of 40 housing groups, along with the construction of 7,704 houses during the period under review. In addition, the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) constructed 7,685 houses for the low income group countrywide.
In ensuring access to health services, the SWAPO Party Government expanded health centres all over the country. For example, there was a reduction in malaria morbidity from 571 per 1,000 population in 2000 to 238 per 1,000 population in 2006. According to the 2008 Sero-Sentinel Survey of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the national HIV prevalence rate amongst pregnant mothers in Namibia declined from 22% in 2002 to 17, 8% in 2008.
Finally, intensification of the fight against poverty and greater efforts to ensure economic growth and development continue to be the main drivers of the SWAPO Party Government. The Party remains committed to making Namibia a prosperous nation for the benefit of the current and future generations, and believes that collaborative efforts will accelerate the realization of the Vision 2030 objectives and goals.
Finally, in order to provide the reader with an appropriate context, the Report follows a hematic
approach, namely: a) Peace, Democracy and Good Governance; b) Building a Socially Just Society; c) Education; d) Infrastructure; e) Building a Vibrant Economy; f) Prudent Fiscal Management and Strengthening Productive Sectors.
Milestone by Economic Sectors
Building a vibrant Economy
Promotion of Private Sector Investment
The SWAPO Party Government, over the past years, created a conducive environment for the private sector to thrive and attract foreign investors. Namibia ranks favourably in terms of various indicators for attracting investments. The table below shows that all systems are in place to protect investors in Namibia, with the World Bank giving Namibia a score of 5.3 higher than Sub-Saharan Africa and very close to OECD countries score of 5.8.l.