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Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia (Afrikaans Republiek van Namibië, German: Republik Namibia), is a country in Southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek (German: Windhuk).

Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), the Commonwealth of Nations and many other international organisations. It has been given many names: the land of contrasts, the land God made in anger, the ageless land. For many years it was known only as South West Africa, but it adopted the name Namibia, after the Namib Desert. It is the second least densely populated country in the world, after Mongolia.

The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by Bushmen, Damara, Namaqua, and since about the 14th century AD, by immigrating Bantu who came with the Bantu expansion. It was visited by the British and Dutch missionaries during the late 18th century. It was also visited by Dorsland trekkers (also known as Junker Boers) in 1879, but became a German Imperial protectorate in 1884. In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed their laws and from 1948, their apartheid policy.

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Bushman's Paradise at Spitzkoppe
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Bushman's Paradise at Spitzkoppe, a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert, Namibia.

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edit The Namibia cricket team is the team that represents Namibia in international cricket matches. It is governed by Cricket Namibia, an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1992 and became part of the High Performance Program in 2007. They took part in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, though they lost all their games. They have played in each edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

The first mention of cricket being played in what is now Namibia was a match played between South African soldiers and locals near Otjiwarongo in 1915 shortly after the occupying Germans had surrendered to the South African troops. The outcome of World War I left South Africa as the holder of the League of Nations mandate for the region, now renamed South-West Africa.

South Africans moving into the country meant that more and more cricket clubs began to be formed, but it was not until 1954 when the South-West Africa representative side first played, playing Liesbeek Park, a club side from Cape Town. The South-West Africa team, whilst never formally being part of the then South Africa Cricket Union, played at low levels of South Africa domestic cricket for many years until 1989. (Read more...)

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Nama Woman Smoking Kalahari Desert Namibia Luca Galuzzi 2004.JPG
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A Nama woman in Kalahari Desert, Namibia.

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  • December 1: All plane occupants die in Namibia crash
  • September 3: Fifteen medals awarded on London Paralympics fourth night of track and field
  • December 6: Official results say Namibian president reelected after polls
  • November 28: Namibia votes in presidential election
  • March 17: Namibia struck by floods, president declares state of emergency
  • March 15: 2007 Rugby World Cup: South Africa, Wales, Scotland and Ireland win
  • March 11: 2007 Rugby World Cup: South Africa, Australia and New Zealand qualify
  • March 11: 2007 Rugby World Cup: Fiji, Tonga and France win
  • September 28: 2007 Rugby World Cup: Georgia claim first World Cup victory
  • March 17: Namibia: VAT on milk to stay

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Hifikepunye Pohamba

Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba (born August 18, 1935) is the second President of Namibia. He won the 2004 and 2009 presidential elections overwhelmingly as the candidate of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) ruling party, taking office in March 2005. He has also been the President of SWAPO since November 2007. Re-elected in 2009, his second term will expire in 2015.

As a child, he was educated at an Anglican mission. He was arrested for his political activity but moved to Southern Rhodesia, whence he was deported soon afterwards.

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