The changing face of Windhoek
By Kaarina Nairenge
Many of us can recall when it was just the Kalahari Sands Hotel that dominated the skyline of Windhoek, silhouetted against a purple and orange sky, standing tall over its peers. But the face of the town is changing. Now the Old Mutual Tower added height and bulk to the look and the newcomer, The Hilton Hotel, also changes how our postcard worthy skyline is seen.
The face of Windhoek is becoming
taller and more magnificent.
No, it does not rival
New York or Joburg at this stage
but the changes are myriad and
occurring all around us. Some
are large and in your face, like
the Hilton and other alterations
to the skyline are more subtle,
like the SAMSUNG lettering
adorned atop the Channel Life
Building by innovative outdoor
advertisers Media Solutions and
the facelift given to Carl List Haus by Broll.
Windhoek is changing and
fast growing. You can actually
see the changes taking place
and the construction happening.
If you were here just ten
years ago and left to return today
it would not be by much
of a stretch of imagination to
say that the city has altered its
appearance dramatically in that
Besides the skyline, a lot of
other small changes have happened
to our city in the last few
years that affect our daily lives.
A returnee might notice that the
taxis all have numbers and letters
to identify them, making
us marginally safer. There are
also standing clocks dotting the
landscape at taxi ranks and intersections
alike making us realize
that yes, as always, we are
All is not lost though as there
are still some familiar landmarks
to mark the way. The Post Street
mall is still staffed by curio vendors,
the café at Zoo Park is still
on standby with your coffee,
and the original clock tower is
still standing there, possibly
proud of all the younger clocks
that have joined him in reminding
us of our tardiness.
But one thing for sure, small
as it is, Windhoek is moving
with the times!
Kaarina Nairenge is a
fourth year media student at
UNAM and resident of long
time of Windheok