Khorixas

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Khorixas
Housing in Khorixas
Housing in Khorixas
Khorixas is located in Namibia
Khorixas
Khorixas
Location in Namibia
Coordinates: 20°22′S 14°58′E / 20.367°S 14.967°E / -20.367; 14.967
Country  Namibia
Region Kunene Region
Constituency Khorixas Constituency
Government
 • Mayor Trypohasa Moloto[1]
 • Town Council CEO Nicodemus ǂGaeseb[2]
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 6,796
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Climate BSh
Children in Khorixas

Khorixas is a town of 6,000 inhabitants in southern Kunene Region, Namibia. It was previously the capital of the Damaraland bantustan prior to Namibia's independence.[4] It is the administrative capital of Khorixas Constituency. Most of the inhabitants are from the Damara ethnic group. The town is located near to an important deposit of petrified wood and the Twyfelfontein valley, known for its rock art.

Economy and infrastructure

The regional hospital and some other regional offices are still located in Khorixas, though the capital of Kunene Region is Opuwo. There are six schools and one branch of University of Namibia (UNAM) in Khorixas, Versteende Wood as the biggest primary school and Cornelius Goreseb High School is the biggest secondary school. Other schools are: Eddie Bowe, Welwitchia Primary School, Welwitchia Secondary School and Th. F. ǃGaeb

Khorixas suffers from a lack of economic development and employment opportunities, which leads to frustration and outward migration among many of the town's youth.[5] The unemployment rate in town is estimated to be around 70%. Donkerhoek (Afrikaans: dark corner), the town's informal settlement, has neither water nor electricity.[2]

Politics

Khorixas is governed by a town council that has seven seats.[6] Due to its location in former Damaraland, the ethnically Damara-based United Democratic Front (UDF) has strong support in the population. Unlike in most other constituencies of Namibia, the ruling SWAPO party had until 2015 never won in Khorixas.[7]

In February 2004, Mayor Gerson ǀGoagoseb and two other town councillors were dismissed from their positions by their party, the United Democratic Front, a day after a government audit began on the town's financial dealings.[8] In May 2005, UDF removed Marta Claasen as mayor following internal council elections in which she collaborated with SWAPO councillors in order for her to obtain the position of mayor. She was expelled from the party and replaced on the council by Efraim Gariseb. UDF had four seats on the local council and SWAPO had three. Immanuel ǁGaroeb, also of UDF, became acting mayor. Claasen later claimed that she was replaced because of her stance on corruption and mismanagement.[9]

Local authority elections

In the 2010 local authority election, a total of 2,788 votes were cast in the town. UDF won with approximately 58% of the vote. Of the two other parties seeking votes in the election, SWAPO received approximately 39% of the vote, followed by Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP, 2%).[10] The 2015 local authority election was won by SWAPO, gaining four seats (1,741 votes) and the majority in the village council. The remaining three seats went to the UDF with 1,345 votes.[11]

Geography

Climate

Khorixas has a semi-arid climate (BSh, according to the Köppen climate classification), with warm to hot summers and mild winters. It borders on a desert climate (BWh). The average annual precipitation is 233 mm (9 in).

Khorixas
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Sport

The Robber Chanties, which in August 2010 played in the Northern Stream Division One and sought promotion the Namibia Premier League, are based in Khorixas.[12]

Sights

References

  1. ^ Miyanicwe, Clemans (28 November 2012). "Khorixas elects young mayor". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kapitako, Alvine (24 April 2015). "Jobs simply scarce in Khorixas". New Era. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Table 4.2.2 Urban population by Census years (2001 and 2011)" (PDF). Namibia 2011 - Population and Housing Census Main Report. Namibia Statistics Agency. p. 39. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Khorixas Journal; For Apartheid's Castaways, Heartbreak in Desert New York Times, July 7, 1989
  5. ^ Khorixas: A town on a downward spiral The Namibian, 10 August 2009
  6. ^ "Know Your Local Authority". Election Watch (3). Institute for Public Policy Research. 2015. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "UDF's mediocrity led to Swapo victory - ǁGaroëb". New Era. 3 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Khorixas Mayor ousted The Namibian, 5 February 2004
  9. ^ UDF fires mayor at Khorixas The Namibian, 30 May 2005
  10. ^ Local Authority Election Results for Khorixas
  11. ^ "Local elections results". Electoral Commission of Namibia. 28 November 2015. p. 4. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. 
  12. ^ Chanties cry foul over unwanted whistle blower New Era, 5 August 2010

Coordinates: 20°22′S 14°58′E / 20.367°S 14.967°E / -20.367; 14.967

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