03 March 2021 | Opinion
It is a community of dependence and co-dependence for economic, or even human, survival.
The current debate about government ministries owing the City of Windhoek millions of dollars is largely detached from the realities of an economic ecosystem, wherein each entity affects and is affected by the other.
While the City’s decision last week to disconnect services to ministries appears to contain crumbs of political ingredients, it remains obligatory to render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, or the entire Roman empire will crumble like a sand castle.
In the slums of Windhoek, a devastating wave of hepatitis E caused havoc before the coronavirus arrived to rub salt into an already oozing wound.
Hepatitis E is a class disease because it is confined to areas where living conditions are inhuman. People contract hepatitis E from drinking water contaminated by faeces of others who are infected with the virus.
The City has struggled to deliver water and sanitation services to the slums, partially because politicians intercepted officials who demanded payment from some debtors from whom funds could be secured to avail services to people in Havana, Babylon and other areas on the edge of civilisation.