05 March 2021 | Opinion
Oman in the Middle East relies on desalination because the extreme scarcity of water leaves few other options.
The country has a total of nine large desalination plants, plus 47 small ones, which the government says supply about 86% of the country’s potable water.
Other Arabian Peninsula nations such as Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have poured their massive oil wealth into plants that transform seawater into a steady supply for their growing populations.
Namibia is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa and, as proven over the years, we cannot continue to rely on erratic rainfall. The long dry spells have devastated our economy – and our people - for way too long and it’s time something decisive is done.
Government’s poor record of investment into water infrastructure could be rectified within the blink of an eye if the planned desalination plant is constructed. And since government coffers are as dry as a novice comedian’s humour, there is nothing wrong with approaching rich investors like Rashid Sardarov to pump in money, as long as everything is above board.